Cristiano Ronaldo scored a dramatic late equaliser to rescue a draw for Real Madrid against Valencia.

The hosts fell behind when Jeremy Mathieu nodded in but Sergio Ramos levelled with a header on the hour.

Dani Parejo's composed finish regained the lead for Valencia but Ronaldo's backheeled volley secured a potentially vital point in the title race.

Real trail La Liga leaders Atletico, who lost to Levante earlier on Sunday, by five points.

However, Carlo Ancelotti's side have a game in hand on both Atletico and Barcelona, who are two points ahead in second.

Real have three games remaining and will take the title if they win all of them and Atletico lose one of their final two fixtures.

La Liga title run-in

Atletico Madrid

Real Madrid

Barcelona

7 May

Valladolid (A)

10-11 May

Malaga (H)

Celta Vigo (A)

Elche (A)

18 May

Barcelona (A)

Espanyol (H)

Atl. Madrid (H)

Atletico's surprise 2-0 defeat at Levante earlier on Sunday has thrown open the title race once again and, perhaps buoyed by that result, Real attacked straight from the outset as Karim Benzema swiftly flashed a header over from Gareth Bale's deep cross.

But their attacking intent almost proved costly as they momentarily forgot their defensive responsibilities. Valencia midfielder Parejo was left unmarked in the Real penalty area to meet a right-wing cross, but his header was too close to Real keeper Diego Lopez, who tipped the ball on to the crossbar.

Despite that scare, Real continued to attack, with their front three of Bale, Ronaldo and Benzema looking dangerous on the counter.

It was from one such swift push into the Valencia half that Ronaldo went close to grabbing the opener as Benzema poked a pass through the defence for the Portugal forward, who struck a fierce first-time drive that visiting keeper Diego Alves did well to save.

Valencia

Valencia had twice stunned the Bernabeu crowd by taking the lead.

It looked as though they would have to be content with going into the break level but Valencia stunned the Bernabeu when they took the lead a minute before the break.

Parejo drove a corner into the box where Mathieu was on hand to flick a header into the back of the net.

Unsurprisingly, Real came out strongly after the restart as Angel Di Maria shot wide before Ronaldo saw his goalbound effort pushed away by Alves.

The Valencia defence was finally breached midway through the second half as Ramos, who scored twice in the Champions League semi-final win over Bayern Munich in midweek, powered in a header from close range after Ronaldo had nodded the ball back across goal.

But the home crowd's celebrations had barely settled down when Valencia swiftly regained the lead. Sofiane Feghouli's cross found Parejo, who kept his cool to drill a first-time finish low into the corner.

Real upped the tempo in the closing stages as they desperately searched for an equaliser.

Ronaldo's driven free-kick was saved, before Alvaro Morata sent an effort over the bar.

And with seconds left, Di Maria hit a cross into the area and Ronaldo improvised superbly, sticking out a boot to flick the ball into the net and keep Real right in the title hunt.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Real Madrid

  • 25 López
  • 15 Carvajal
  • 12 Marcelo
  • 14 Alonso
  • 02 Varane
  • 04 Ramos
  • 24 Illarramendi (Di María - 45' Booked )
  • 23 Isco (Casemiro - 72' )
  • 09 Benzema (Morata - 84' )
  • 11 Bale
  • 07 Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 01 Casillas
  • 05 Fábio Coentrão
  • 06 Khedira
  • 16 Casemiro
  • 18 Nacho
  • 21 Morata
  • 22 Di María

Valencia CF

  • 01 Diego Alves Booked
  • 12 João Pereira
  • 14 Bernat
  • 11 Keita Booked
  • 20 Ricardo Costa
  • 22 Mathieu
  • 08 Feghouli Booked
  • 15 Fuego Martínez
  • 16 Alcácer García (Gonçalves Oliveira - 67' )
  • 17 Vargas (Barragán - 95' )
  • 21 Parejo (Vezo - 89' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Vezo
  • 07 Gonçalves Oliveira
  • 13 Guaita
  • 19 Barragán
  • 24 Herrero Javaloyas
  • 25 Vasconcelos Araújo
  • 28 Nicolás Cartabia
Ref: Carlos Clos Gómez
Att: 71,897

Match Stats

Shots

32 8

On target

11 5

Corners

10 1

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Valencia CF 2.

90:00 +5:41 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Valencia CF 2.

90:00 +5:04

Offside, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Álvaro Morata is caught offside.

90:00 +4:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valencia CF. Antonio Barragán replaces Eduardo Vargas.

90:00 +3:38

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marcelo with a cross.

90:00 +2:57 Booking

Booking Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card.

90:00 +1:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 2, Valencia CF 2. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross.

90:00 +1:05

Foul by Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid).

90:00 +1:05

Rubén Vezo (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:25

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal with a cross.

88:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valencia CF. Rubén Vezo replaces Daniel Parejo because of an injury.

87:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

86:46

Delay in match Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) because of an injury.

86:29

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by João Pereira.

85:57

Hand ball by Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF).

84:37

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

84:37

Jonas (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:27

Attempt missed. Álvaro Morata (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marcelo.

83:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Morata replaces Karim Benzema.

79:57

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

79:57

Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:16 Booking

Booking Diego Alves (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card.

78:43

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross following a corner.

78:25

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by João Pereira.

78:23

Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal with a cross.

77:23

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:23

Foul by Jonas (Valencia CF).

77:05

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

76:05

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:05

Foul by Ricardo Costa (Valencia CF).

75:15

Attempt missed. Casemiro (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross following a corner.

74:59

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Javi Fuego.

73:49

Hand ball by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

71:55

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Xabi Alonso.

71:39

Attempt missed. Casemiro (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

71:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Casemiro replaces Isco.

70:14 Booking

Booking Seydou Keita (Valencia CF) is shown the yellow card.

70:00

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

70:00

Juan Bernat (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

69:11

Attempt missed. Jonas (Valencia CF) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Eduardo Vargas.

66:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Valencia CF. Jonas replaces Paco Alcácer.

65:50

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

65:13

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

64:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 1, Valencia CF 2. Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

63:35

Attempt missed. Paco Alcácer (Valencia CF) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sofiane Feghouli with a cross.

63:04

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

63:04

Eduardo Vargas (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the right wing.

60:49

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

59:55

Delay in match Paco Alcácer (Valencia CF) because of an injury.

58:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 1, Valencia CF 1. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from very close range to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a headed pass.

57:58

Hand ball by Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF).

56:18

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Juan Bernat.

55:22

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

55:22

Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:49

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Diego Alves.

54:47

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

53:08

Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Marcelo.

52:17

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

52:12

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

51:36

Attempt saved. Paco Alcácer (Valencia CF) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Parejo with a cross.

50:58

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

50:58

Juan Bernat (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

50:18 Booking

Booking Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

49:53

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

49:53

Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:43

Attempt saved. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María replaces Asier Illarramendi.

45:00

Second Half begins Real Madrid 0, Valencia CF 1.

45:00 +2:15 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Real Madrid 0, Valencia CF 1.

45:00 +1:12

Offside, Real Madrid. Xabi Alonso tries a through ball, but Raphael Varane is caught offside.

45:00 +0:45

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:45

Foul by Juan Bernat (Valencia CF).

44:27

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

43:05 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 0, Valencia CF 1. Jeremy Mathieu (Valencia CF) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Daniel Parejo with a cross following a corner.

42:31

Corner, Valencia CF. Conceded by Diego López.

42:29

Attempt saved. Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Eduardo Vargas.

40:16

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

40:09

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Raphael Varane.

37:16

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi.

36:26

Offside, Valencia CF. Daniel Parejo tries a through ball, but Paco Alcácer is caught offside.

35:17

Offside, Valencia CF. Diego Alves tries a through ball, but Eduardo Vargas is caught offside.

34:17

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Xabi Alonso.

33:49

Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:49

Foul by Eduardo Vargas (Valencia CF).

33:08

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:08

Foul by Sofiane Feghouli (Valencia CF).

31:55

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Gareth Bale following a fast break.

31:37

Attempt blocked. Javi Fuego (Valencia CF) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by João Pereira.

29:38

Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

28:30

Offside, Real Madrid. Xabi Alonso tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

27:25

Offside, Real Madrid. Xabi Alonso tries a through ball, but Marcelo is caught offside.

26:41

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:41

Foul by Eduardo Vargas (Valencia CF).

26:11

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Isco with a cross following a corner.

25:53

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Diego Alves.

25:51

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Isco with a cross.

25:23

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Ricardo Costa.

25:20

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema with a through ball.

22:40

Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi.

18:48

Foul by Seydou Keita (Valencia CF).

18:48

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:17

Juan Bernat (Valencia CF) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:17

Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

15:43

Attempt saved. Daniel Parejo (Valencia CF) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Sofiane Feghouli with a cross.

14:21

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Ricardo Costa.

14:07

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

14:07

Foul by Juan Bernat (Valencia CF).

9:55

Offside, Valencia CF. Diego Alves tries a through ball, but Paco Alcácer is caught offside.

8:52

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

8:52

Eduardo Vargas (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

6:08

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) header from very close range is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gareth Bale with a cross.

4:45

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Juan Bernat.

4:33

Attempt blocked. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

4:10

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Javi Fuego.

2:45

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Bale with a through ball.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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