Real Madrid beat Valencia: Late goal from Karim Benzema guides Real Madrid to 2-1 victory

Real Madrid beat Valencia: Late goal from Karim Benzema guides Real Madrid to 2-1 victory
Real Madrid beat Valencia: Late goal from Karim Benzema guides Real Madrid to 2-1 victory

Real Madrid beat Valencia: Real Madrid forwards Vinicius Jr and Karim Benzema scored within the space of three minutes deep in the second half to propel their side to a 2-1 win at Valencia in LaLiga on Sunday after being outplayed for most of the game.

The hosts went ahead in the 66th minute with a thumping low strike from forward Hugo Duro, who spent last season on loan with Madrid.

Real levelled with a deflected strike from Vinicius in the 86th minute and then the Brazilian turned provider, crossing for Benzema to head home the winner in the 88th.

Real Madrid beat Valencia: Valencia would have gone top of LaLiga had they held on for the win but instead Carlo Ancelotti’s Real side lead the standings with 13 points from five games.

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Real Madrid beat Valencia: Real Madrid’s good run of form continues as Carlo Ancelotti’s team are still unbeaten this season but had to come from behind at Mestalla to move top of LaLiga. Vinicius Jr. and Benzema were crucial in the victory, with the Brazilian equalising in the 86th minute after an assist from the Frenchman before Benzema netted the winner two minutes later after a pass by the Brazilian in a fast-paced and entertaining encounter.

Valencia had made a strong start to the season under new coach Jose Bordalas but suffered a setback in the build-up to kick-off when captain Jose Gaya was ruled out injured. More problems followed as midfielder Carlos Soler, who scored a hat-trick of penalties in last season’s fixture against Real, came off injured in the 15th minute while right back Thierry Correia soon followed him in hobbling off in the 23rd.

Real Madrid beat Valencia: Nonetheless, they managed to take the lead when Duro swivelled to send a bouncing ball beyond the reach of keeper Thibaut Courtois and into the net. Valencia continued to cause Real problems but eased off in the final 10 minutes and the visitors made the most of their deadly firepower, Vinicius scoring his fifth goal of the season and Benzema netting a sixth after bagging a hat-trick against Celta Vigo last week.

Real Madrid beat Valencia: Benzema had his back to goal and laid the ball off to Vinicius Jr., whose right-footed effort crashes off Foulquier and into the back of the net. Real Madrid didn’t stop there though, and it was once again Vinicius Jr. and Benzemaat the centre of the action. This time, the Brazilian turned provider, crossing for the Frenchman, nipped in to beat the goalkeeper and complete the comeback which sends Los Blancos to the top of the table.

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(with inputs from Reuters)