REAL MADRID LEAVE IT LATE

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Real Madrid man­ager Zine­dine Zi­dane said his side had got away with go­ing into cruise con­trol too early against Va­len­cia be­fore pre­vail­ing 2-1 in the Primera Liga yes­ter­day. Cris­tiano

Ron­aldo opened the scor­ing mid­way through the first half but also saw a penalty saved by spot-kick spe­cial­ist Diego Alves early in the sec­ond pe­riod. Eight min­utes from time for­mer Madrid man Dani Parejo looked to have handed Va­len­cia an un­likely point with a free-kick. But Madrid stormed for­ward and needed just four min­utes to find the win­ner when Marcelo cut in­side and fired into the far cor­ner of the goal. “It is true that we were in a com­fort zone for 30 min­utes, the fans were the same,” Zi­dane said of his side’s per­for­mance. “After Va­len­cia scored they started to push the play­ers on once more and it was a com­pletely dif­fer­ent match.” The Brazil­ian Marcelo added: “We put our heart and soul into it and showed who we are With the fans be­hind us we are hard to beat here.” Else­where in Spain, Adrian Ramos scored Granada’s first goal under in­terim man­ager Tony Adams but a 2-1 de­feat at Real So­ciedad rel­e­gated them after a six-year stay in the top flight. Granada have now lost all four games since Adams re­placed the dis­missed Lu­cas Al­varez and face Real Madrid next week­end in their next game.

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