REAL MADRID LEAVE IT LATE
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.