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Real Madrid respond to their shocking exit from the Copa del Rey with a fine performance to defeat Valencia this afternoon. The scoreline is slightly flattering as the home side had the better of the second half. However, a brace from the penalty spot from Cristiano Ronaldo along with late strikes from Marcelo and Toni Kroos secured the victory. Santi Mina's second-half goal gave Marcelino's men hope of salvaging a point, but Madrid were clinical to claim the victory on the road.
The referee ends the contest.
There will be three minutes of added time.
M. Kovačić
Kovacic backheels the ball into the path of Kroos to provide the finish.
T. Kroos
GOALLLLLLLLL!!!!! KROOS MAKES IT FOUR! Madrid rub salt into the Valencia wounds as the German drills a low effort into the bottom corner. Marcelo opened up the home side's backline with Kroos. He played a pass into the feet of Kovacic before striking the return first time beyond the reach of Neto.
M. Kovačić
L. Modrić
Kovacic replaces Modric for the visitors.
Dani Parejo
Yellow Card
Parejo goes into the book for a poor challenge on Casemiro.
Madrid are taking the pace out of the game to frustrate the home side. They coped well after conceding and managed to regain their control of the contest.
Asensio plays two neat passes with Marcelo before flicking the ball around the corner for the Brazilian to race on to and score.
GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!!! MADRID NOTCH THEIR THIRD GOAL! Marcelo surely wins the game for the visitors and he and Asensio play their way through the Valencia defence. The duo combine for three one-twos before the Brazilian is released into the left inside channel. He makes no mistake with his strike at goal, placing his effort past Neto into the bottom corner.
BLOCK! Modric and Lucas combine down the right flank before the former sends a low cross into the box. Ronaldo latches on to the ball and strikes at goal, but Garay makes a late intervention to divert it behind for a corner.
OVER! Ronaldo strikes at goal from the set-piece and lifts his effort over the wall, but it has too much height to threaten Neto, who watches it over the bar.
Garay brings down Ronaldo on the charge 25 yards from goal. It hands Madrid a threatening free-kick with the Portuguese lining up a strike.
K. Benzema
Benzema is withdrawn for Asensio.
Andreas Pereira
Toni Lato
Pereira replaces Lato for the visitors.
S. Zaza
Zaza replaces Rodrigo for the home side.
Benzema drives at the the Valencia backline and runs all the way to the byline, but the decision goes against him when looking for a corner off Garay's legs.
Valencia break with numbers and Gaya collects Kondogbia's pass on the left flank. He lifts the ball into the box for Soler's run, but the midfielder cannot take the ball in stride before Varane clears.
Parejo wastes the opening from the resulting free-kick as his delivery fails to beat the first man, allowing Madrid to clear the danger.
Yellow Card
Carvajal brings down Gaya on the charge and goes into the book.
Lucas Vázquez
G. Bale
Lucas replaces Bale for the visitors.
CHANCE! Bale bursts past Lato down the right flank and he cuts the ball back for Ronaldo in the middle. The Portuguese strikes at goal, but the pressure supplied by Montoya takes the pace off his effort, allowing Neto to make the stop.
OFFSIDE! Parejo slides a throughball into the path of Rodrigo down the left inside channel, but as he strikes the ball the offside flag is raised against the forward.
SAVE! Parejo, Soler and Rodrigo combine brilliantly on the edge of the box. Parejo slides a low effort towards the bottom corner with Navas leaning the wrong way. However, the Madrid keeper sticks out a leg to deny the midfielder.
Valenica are upping the ante in the final third and Madrid are starting to feel the pressure at the back.
R. Varane
Yellow Card
Varane is booked for handball.
Soler leads a counter down the right flank and he sends the ball into the middle. Gaya latches on to the delivery and shoots first timem, but can only steer his effort wide of the post.
CHANCE! Bale latches on to a poor clearance from Kondogbia from a corner from Kroos. However, he snatches at the strike and puts the ball wide of the post.
José Gayà
Yellow Card
Gaya brings down Varane and goes into the book.
Santi Mina
GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!! MINA GETS VALENCIA BACK INTO THE GAME! The home side have responded well since the break and Mina gets them back on course. He rises in the box to head Parejo's cross at goal, steering his effort beyond the reach of Navas into the bottom corner. Game on.
Dani Parejo
Parejo lifts the ball into the box and Mina rises to head the ball into the bottom corner.
Mina and Montoya combine down the right to win a corner for the home side. Can they get back into the game?
Valencia keep the pressure on and Gaya tries to head at goal from Soler's cross. He goes down under pressure from Carvajal, but the referee turns down his appeal for a spot-kick.
Lato breaks down the left and fires a low ball into the box, but Rodrigo is on his heels and cannot latch on to the delivery.
Ronaldo surges into the box down the left inside channel and goes down under pressure from Montoya, but the referee waves play on.
WIDE! Benzema collects Marcelo's offload into the box and takes a good first touch before striking with his left foot, only to blast his effort into the side-netting.
G. Bale
Yellow Card
Bale goes into the book for dissent.
Valencia have made a decent start to the second half, but they need to be more clinical in the final third to mount a comeback.
Soler slides the ball through for Mina's run into the box. Varane blocks him off and the striker goes down in a heap, but the referee tells him to get to his feet.
Soler loses possession in a decent position down the right flank to stop a promising attack from the home side.
Carlos Soler
Gonçalo Guedes
Soler replaces Guedes at the break.
We're back underway at the Mestalla.
A brace from the penalty spot from Cristiano Ronaldo has handed Real Madrid a 2-0 lead at the break, although the scoreline is not a fair reflection of the match as Valencia have been active in the final third. Two defensive mistakes from Martin Montoya have put the home side behind as he brought down Ronaldo for the first spot-kick before clattering into Karim Benzema for the second. Ronaldo punished the full-back for his errors, but Marcelino's men have had openings to hit back. Geoffrey Kondogbia was denied by Keylor Navas, while the Frenchman also spurned an opening before Madrid's second. Rodrigo Moreno and Goncalo Guedes also went close, but the home side have been unable to find a way through.
The referee ends the first half.
WIDE! Guedes and Rodrigo combine on the edge of the box and the former drills a low strike on his left foot at goal. However, his low strike creeps wide of the post, with the aid of a hand from Navas.
There will be one minute of added time.
OVER! Mina twists and turns his way through the Madrid defence in the right inside channel. He blasts the ball across the face of goal and it forces Rodrigo to stick out his leg. However, the striker is not quick enough to control his strike, steering his effort over the bar.
PENALTY SHOUT! Parejo latches on to Montoya's cross in the box and goes down under Casemiro's challenge. The referee waves away the appeal and there are not too many complaints from the Valencia midfielder.
Ronaldo goes down on the edge of the box under Parejo's challenge, but this time the referee waves away his appeal. Modric seizes on the loose ball goes for the strike from distance, only to fire his effort just wide of the post.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Penalty Goal
GOALLLLLLL!!!! RONALDO CONVERTS AGAIN! The 32-year-old notches his second goal of the game. He holds his nerve from 12 yards again, this time blasting his right-footed strike into the bottom corner, beating the outstretched hand of Neto.
PENALTY TO REAL MADRID! Benzema goes down from Montoya's challenge and the referee points to the spot.
Guedes and Montoya link up down the right flank and the latter fires a low ball into the box. Navas reads the danger and comes off his line to gather in his six-yard area.
CHANCE! Valencia win a corner down the left and Parejo swings the corner to the back post. Garay keeps the ball alive and steers it back to Kondogbia with Navas stranded. However, the Frenchman scuffs his strike and the visitors are able to clear their lines.
The home side build down the left and Lato has time to lift a cross into the box. He just over hits his delivery to Mina and Navas watches the ball out for a goal-kick.
Rodrigo attempts to latch on to a deep ball over the top from Lato, but Carvajal reacts to head the ball back to Navas ahead of the Valencia forward.
MISS! Ronaldo latches on to a fine ball over the top from Kroos in the inside left channel. He has space and time to muster an effort at goal, but he scuffs his strike and allows Neto to make a comfortable save.
The visitors are able to win a corner on the counter, but Coquelin heads away the danger from Kroos' delivery. The referee blows for a foul in the box in favour of the home side, although there was a lot of pushing and pulling from both teams.
SAVE! Kondogbia weaves his way through traffic on the edge of the Madrid box before lining up a strike. He gets power on his left-footed attempt, but Navas gets across to palm the ball to safety.
BLOCK! Montoya weaves his way into the box and tees up Rodrigo for a strike, but his effort is blocked by Nacho. Parejo almost has space on the rebound, but he is crowded out before he can shoot.
Once again Bale gets down the right flank and he fires the ball low into the box, but Garay is there to clear at the near post. Marcelo then sends the ball behind for a goal-kick on the rebound.
Bale sends a dangerous cross to the back post for Ronaldo. The Portuguese brings it down perfectly off his chest and opens up space to strike. However, Parejo comes in with a well-timed challenge to stop the shot.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Penalty Goal
GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!! RONALDO CONVERTS FROM THE SPOT! The Portuguese holds his nerve from 12 yards as he slides his effort into the bottom corner, sending Neto the wrong way. Madrid are rewarded for their clinical counter.
PENALTY TO REAL MADRID! Montoya brings down Ronaldo and the referee points to the spot.
Parejo lifts the ball into the box, but Bale rises above Coquelin to clear the danger and it hands Madrid an opportunity to break.
Gaya raids down the left and swings a cross into the box, forcing Varane to head behind under pressure.
Valencia have a decent start to the game and are starting to revert the pressure back on the visitors. Kondogbia has been active in the middle of the park thus far.
OVER! Rodrigo collects Kondogbia's lay-off on the edge of the box and he goes for a strike on his left foot. However, he can only blast his effort over the bar.
Garay and Neto required treatment on the deck after the incident, but both appear to be ok to continue.
SAVE! Garay clatters into Neto as he attempts to clear a cross into the box. The Valencia keeper remains on his feet as Bale takes possession. Bale goes for the strike at goal, but Neto makes a smart save to deny the Welshman.
Rodrigo sends the ball forward into the box and his deflected cross is expected to be gathered by Navas. However, Varane tries to clear ahead of his keeper and slices the ball. Mina almost gets there before Madrid are able to clear their lines. Unneccesary confusion at the back for the visitors.
The home side are sitting deep in their own half to counteract Madrid's potency with their three-man attack.
Valencia try to work their way down the left flank, but Kondogbia gets himself isolated and loses out to Carvajal before fouling the Madrid right-back.
We're underway at the Mestalla.
FLASHBACK! The two sides played out a 2-2 draw in their meeting earlier this season. Madrid needed a late strike from Marco Asensio - his second of the game - rescue a point for them at the Bernabeu after Carlos Soler and Geoffrey Kondogbia had put Marcelino's men ahead.
STAT ATTACK! Valencia are unbeaten in their last three league games against Real Madrid at the Mestalla (W2 D1) - they haven’t remained unbeaten in four or more since January 1992 (five).
STAT ATTACK! Valencia have only won two of their last 17 games against Real Madrid in La Liga (D6 L9), the last one at the Mestalla in February 2017.
Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo start together for the first time since the 23rd April last year. Bale and Ronaldo come back into the fold in two of nine changes made by Zidane. Keylor Navas, Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Marcelona, Luka Modrid, Toni Kroos and Casemiro all return to action, with only Nacho and Benzema retaining their places from the defeat to Leganes.
Valencia have made six changes from their team that played Alaves during the week. Neto takes his place back between the sticks, while Ezequiel Garay and Francis Coquelin start in the heart of the defence. Toni Lato starts at left-back, which sends Jose Gaya forward into the midfield, while Goncalo Guedes switches to the right flank. Santi Mina and Rodrigo Moreno lead the line in place of Simone Zaza and Luciano Vietto.
Real Madrid subs: Casilla, Hernandez, Vazquez, Llorente, Asensio, Mayoral, Kovacic.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Navas; Carvajal, Nacho, Varane, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Casemiro; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Valencia subs: Domenech, Maksimovic, Vietto, Zaza, Pereira, Soler, Vidal.
VALENCIA (4-4-2): Neto; Montoya, Garay, Coquelin, Lato; Guedes, Parejo, Kondogbia, Gaya; Mina, Moreno.
The team news has been announced and we'll start with the home side.
Zidane's men still have overwhelming quality in the final third, which was proved last week when Deportivo La Coruna's opener at the Bernabeu jolted them into life. Braces from Nacho, Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo along with a Luka Modric strike guided Madrid to a 7-1 victory. However, their defeats to Barcelona and Villarreal have displayed a vulnerability not present in the team last season.
Real Madrid suffered a shocking defeat at the hands of Leganes during the week to be knocked out of the Copa del Rey. Goals from Javier Eraso and Gabriel Pires did the damage to secure the victory for the visitors on away goals, despite a strike from Karim Benzema. Zinedine Zidane paid the price for making changes as many of the team's youthful players failed to rise to the occasion.
Although Valencia are third in the table, their league form has been up-and-down over the last month. The club did suffer a 2-1 defeat to Las Palmas last time out - their third in five matches, but wins over Girona and Deportivo La Coruna have kept them in the top four.
Valencia were able to advance to the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey during the week, despite their defeat on the night against Alaves. Marcelino's men won the contest on penalties to secure a last-four berth, where they will face Barcelona.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Valencia and Real Madrid at the Mestalla.