As part of the 29th day of Liga, Real Madrid hosted the Valencia CF at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium. Largely victorious of Eibar (3-1) last Sunday, the men of Zinedine Zidane wanted to continue to stay in the wake of FC Barcelona. The context was different for Valence, held in check last Friday on their lawn by Levante (1-1). The proteges of Albert Celades were to recover to return to the race for Europe. For this poster, Zinedine Zidane modified his tactical scheme and aligned a 4-4-2. Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema started the match on the French side. Albert Celades was based on a 4-2-3-1 with Mangala in particular in the central hinge.

From the start, the Merengues obtained possession and were dangerous quickly. Casemiro (4th) with a long shot, then Kroos (11th) and Hazard (12th), well served by Benzema, called on Cillessen. But Casa Blanca was frightened on the first offensive from Valencia. Well launched in depth by Maxi Gomez, Rodrigo saw his attempt hit the amount of Courtois (14th). The Spanish striker thought he would open the scoring a few minutes later on a laser pass from Carlos Soler, but the referee canceled the goal after consulting the VAR (21st). Real reacted with a small number of soloists directed by Carvajal who stumbled on Cillessen (29th).

Karim Benzema treats

Just before the break, Courtois saved his own by repelling a heavy shot from Kondogbia (43rd). Returning from the locker room, Real Madrid were trying to take on the assault on the goals guarded by Cillessen. Mounted at the forefront, Sergio Ramos at the entrance to the area shifted Valverde whose strike was well captured by Cillessen (58th). Three minutes later, Real opened the scoring. Hazard combined with Modric before serving Benzema who adjusted the Valencian goalkeeper (1-0, 61st) with a nice strike. In a favorable position, Zinedine Zidane's men wanted to make the break. Luka Modric struck a heavy shot and forced Cillessen to work (65th).

The Merengues took to the open thanks to Asensio freshly entered the game who took advantage of an excellent center from Mendy to deceive Cillessen (2-0, 74th). A great story for the Spanish player who was celebrating his comeback on the pitch after a rupture of the cruciate ligaments. Serene, the Merengues delivered the coup de grace twelve minutes later. Well offset by Kroos on the right, Asensio centered for Benzema who controlled the leather before shooting Cillessen with a superb volley (3-0, 86th). Thanks to this eighteenth success of the season, Real Madrid returned two lengths from FC Barcelona in the standings.

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