Jubilation as Benzema, Kroos inspire Real Madrid to crucial win over La Liga rivals amid tough title chase

Jubilation as Benzema, Kroos inspire Real Madrid to crucial win over La Liga rivals amid tough title chase

- Real Madrid vs Valencia match ended in favour of the home team

- Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos scored a goal each to hand Los Blancos the victory

- They have now reduced Atletico's lead at the summit of the table to five points

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Two first-half goals from Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos were all Real Madrid needed to outscore Valencia at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

The victory propelled Los Blancos to the second position on the log with three points better than bitter rivals Barcelona who have played one game less.

Coach Zinedine Zidane's men got the game off to an impressive start after finding the back of the net in the 12th minute.

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Benzema fired a curvy shot from the edge of the 18-yard box to give the home team the lead after connecting with a pass from Kroos.

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Real Madrid vs Valencia

Karim Benzema after scoring his 12th La Liga goal against Valencia. Photo by Helios de la Rubia/Real Madrid.
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The Galacticos launched a counter-attacking move on their guests who tried breaking their defence moments before the goal.

Three minutes before half-time, the home team doubled their lead with another superb goal courtesy of Kroos.

Lucas Vazquez laid down a stunning pass for the German midfielder who then wasted no time before sending the ball straight into the net.

Ferland Mendy also got his name on the scores sheet but the VAR chopped off his goal for offside having already stayed at an advantageous position during the build-up to his cancelled goal.

In the end, the two first goals were enough for the home team to claim maximum points after the regulation period as they cut Atletico Madrid's lead at the summit of the table to five points.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Nigerian forward Terem Moffi was on target twice for his French League side FC Lorient in a 2-2 draw against Monaco at Stade Louis II on Sunday, February 14.

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The 21-year-old has now increased his Ligue 1 goals this campaign to eight goals in 18 topflight while his total in all appearances stands at 19.

Moffi opened the scoring for the visitors from the spot as early as the seventh minute after Benjamin Lecomte tripped Yoane Wissa in his 18-yard box.

Oluwatomiwa is a sports editor with Legit.ng. He has over eight years of field and office experience in the media industry. He graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2014 with HND in Mass Communication. Connect with him on Twitter @TomiwaBabalola.

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