Real Madrid beats Va­len­cia 2-0 to re­bound in Span­ish league

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

REAL Madrid has found some peace again af­ter the hu­mil­i­at­ing loss to Eibar in the Span­ish league. Madrid fol­lowed the 3-0 loss at Eibar with a 2-0 win over red­hot Va­len­cia on Satur­day.

The vic­tory over Va­len­cia, which had won three straight in the league, moved Madrid from sixth to fifth in the stand­ings, three points be­hind leader Sevilla and two points be­hind sec­ond-place Barcelona.

Sevilla vis­its fourth-place Alaves on Sun­day, while Barcelona hosts Vil­lar­real. Third-place Atletico Madrid, two points off the lead, vis­its Girona.

Va­len­cia lost at Ju­ven­tus 1-0 in the Cham­pi­ons League on Tues­day, a re­sult that ended its chances of ad­vanc­ing from the group stage. Madrid won at Roma 2-0 to ad­vance.

“We played well in Rome and again to­day,” coach San­ti­ago So­lari said. “Credit to the play­ers.”

Play­ing at San­ti­ago Bern­abeu Sta­dium for the first time af­ter four straight away games, Madrid was loudly cheered by fans af­ter the match, de­spite a lack­lus­ter sec­ond half.

“I want us to play more like we did in the first half,” So­lari said. “In the sec­ond half things changed be­cause Va­len­cia needed to equal­ize and took more risks.”

Madrid started well and opened the scor­ing less than 10 min­utes in with an own-goal by Daniel Wass while try­ing to clear a cross from Dani Car­va­jal to Karim Ben­zema. The French striker set up Lu­cas Vazquez’s 83rd-minute goal from close range to seal the vic­tory.

There were some jeers for Gareth Bale af­ter another medi­ocre dis­play when he was sub­sti­tuted for Marco Asen­sio in the sec­ond half. Luka Modric also was re­placed, by Fed­erico Valverde. Fran­cisco “Isco” Alar­con, out of fa­vor with So­lari, en­tered the match in the 80th to a loud ova­tion from the crowd.

Va­len­cia dropped to 13th in the stand­ings. “We played great in the sec­ond half,” Va­len­cia coach Marcelino Gar­cia To­ral said. “I wouldn’t say the re­sult wasn’t fair, but we had our chances to earn a draw.”

AS­PAS THRIVES Celta Vigo got back on track thanks to an in­spired per­for­mance by Iago As­pas. As­pas scored in each half as Celta de­feated last-place Huesca 2-0, end­ing a four-match win­less streak in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Vigo moved six points clear of the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

It was the 14th straight game with­out a win for pro­moted Huesca, whose only vic­tory came in the league’s first round at Eibar.

GETAFE WINS Getafe de­feated Es­panyol 3-0 to end a three-game win­less run. Jorge Molina, Jaime Mata and Vi­torino An­tunes scored sec­ond-half goals for the hosts.

Es­panyol has lost three in row.

LEGANES MOVES UP Leganes won at Val­ladolid 4-2 to move fur­ther away from the rel­e­ga­tion zone.

The team from Madrid’s sub­urbs ex­tended its un­beaten streak to five in all com­pe­ti­tions.

Guido Car­rilo’s first goal in the 66th minute – Leganes’ third of the match – came af­ter an in­cred­i­ble mis­take by Val­ladolid goal­keeper Jordi Masip, who let the ball slip by him as he tried to con­trol a pass back from a de­fender in­side the area. Car­rilo eas­ily scored into the open net.

Val­ladolid hasn’t won in five con­sec­u­tive league matches. – AP

Photo: As­so­ci­ated Press

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, cen­tre, tries to get a cross in dur­ing a Span­ish La Liga soc­cer match be­tween Real Madrid and Va­len­cia at the San­ti­ago Bern­abeu sta­dium in Madrid, Spain on Satur­day.

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