- Valencia vs Real Madrid saw Goncalo Guedes acore the opener for Los Murciélagos 10 minutes from first half break
- Ezequiel Garay doubled Valencia advantage with a header in the 83rd minute
- Karim Benzema nodded home a consolatory goal for Real Madrid on the dot of 90th minute
Valencia defeated Real Madrid 2-1 in a tough La Liga clash on Wednesday, April 3, at Mestalla Stadium as Zinedine Zidane suffered his first defeat since returning as manager.
The encounter saw both sides ready to claim the three maximum points from the commencement of hostilities.
But after 35 minutes of action Goncalo Guedes netted the opener for the home side with a powerful strike which Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas could not stop.
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And despite other scoring opportunities from both teams Valencia held on to go into the first half break with a-goal lead.
In the second stanza, it was a tougher contest as the Los Blancos went in search of the equalizer, but the Los Murciélagos were equal to the task thanks to the speed of Rodrigo and Guedes on the counter.
Zinedine Zidane brought in Gareth Bale for Marco Asensio as he tried to change tactics to get the needed goal.
Isco also replaced Toni Kroos as Los Blancos went for the break
But Valencia defended nicely with their fans cheering from the stands
In the 76th minute Zidane made his final substitution after Mariano came in for Lucas Vazquez.
And six minutes later Ezequiel Garay doubled Valencia lead with a header after Real Madrid failed to clear their lines off a corner from Dani Parejo.
On the dot of 90 minute Karim Benzema nodded home a consolatory goal for Real Madrid.
Moments later, Los Blancos had a penalty appeal, but after a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) reviewed the incident Sergio Ramos was ruled offside.
At the blast of the final whistle the scoreboard read Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid.
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The result sees Real Madrid suffer a ninth defeat in La Liga and first since Zinedine Zidane return.
Currently, Real Madrid are third in the La Liga log with 57 points, 13 adrift of leaders Barcelona and five behind city rivals Atletico Madrid.
on the other hand, Valencia are fifth with 46 points, one behind fourth-placed Getafe, hut are closing in on Champions League qualification spot.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported Real Madrid claimed their second straight win under Zinedine Zidane following their 3-2 win over Huesca at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, March 31.
The visitors went ahead in the game just after three minutes of action through Juan Camilo Hernandez from close range.
The 19-year-old powered home an Ezequiel Avila beautiful square-pass from the right flank, but their lead lasted for just 22 minutes as Isco restored parity for Los Blancos in the first half.
Though, Real created about three chances after conceding their first goal but none of those efforts found the back of the net.
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