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Valencia 2-3 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo is congratulated by Real Madrid team-mates

Substitute Jese Rodriguez's late winner helped Real Madrid to beat Valencia and move to within five points of La Liga leaders Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Gareth Bale was missing for third-placed Real after failing to recover from a calf injury and his replacement Angel di Maria opened the scoring.

Pablo Piatti headed in an equaliser for managerless Valencia before Cristiano Ronaldo nodded Real back ahead.

Home defender Jeremy Mathieu levelled again but Jese's low drive won it.

But Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita will feel he should have stopped the decisive goal after allowing the 20-year-old's angled drive to squirm past his hands at the near post.

It was a match in which Real did not want drop any more points and fall further behind the top two going into the winter break.

And the relief of their players and coach Carlo Ancelotti was clearly evident as they celebrated the winner.

The hosts were led by reserve-team coach Nico Estevez - following Monday's sacking of Serbian coach Miroslav Djukic - and produced a plucky display at a noisy Mestalla.

But the six-time Spanish champions were unable to frustrate Real by equalising for a third time and remain 11th following a mixed start to the season.

The Spanish top-flight has a two-week break over the Christmas and New Year period, with La Liga clubs returning to action on 4 January.

Line-ups

Valencia

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Guaita
  • 12da Silva Pereira
  • 14Bernat
  • 21ParejoSubstituted forBanegaat 84'minutes
  • 5Ruiz
  • 22MathieuBooked at 58mins
  • 8Feghouli
  • 6Romeu
  • 7Gonçalves Oliveira
  • 28Nicolás CartabiaSubstituted forCanalesat 62'minutes
  • 2PiattiBooked at 55minsSubstituted forGuardadoat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Alves Carreira
  • 10Banega
  • 15Fuego Martínez
  • 16Alcácer
  • 18Guardado
  • 20Moreira da Costa
  • 23Canales

Real Madrid

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25López
  • 17ArbeloaBooked at 64minsSubstituted forCarvajalat 80'minutes
  • 12Marcelo
  • 14Alonso
  • 18NachoBooked at 41mins
  • 4Ramos
  • 22Di MaríaSubstituted forIllarramendiat 87'minutes
  • 19Modric
  • 9Benzema
  • 23IscoSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 73'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 16Casemiro
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 21Morata
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 38Llorente
Referee:
Fernando Teixeira Vitienes
Attendance:
42,200

Match Stats

Home TeamValenciaAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home12
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Valencia CF 2, Real Madrid 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Valencia CF 2, Real Madrid 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jeremy Mathieu.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Jonas (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.

  6. Substitution

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

  7. Post update

    Offside, Valencia CF. Sergio Canales tries a through ball, but Jonas is caught offside.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jonas (Valencia CF).

  10. Post update

    Foul by Ángel Di María (Real Madrid).

  11. Post update

    Éver Banega (Valencia CF) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Valencia CF. Éver Banega replaces Daniel Parejo.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Valencia CF 2, Real Madrid 3. Jesé (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luka Modric.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jesé (Real Madrid) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the right is blocked. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a headed pass.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Daniel Carvajal replaces Álvaro Arbeloa.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Valencia CF. Andrés Guardado replaces Pablo Piatti.

  17. Post update

    Offside, Valencia CF. Sergio Canales tries a through ball, but Sofiane Feghouli is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jonas (Valencia CF) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pablo Piatti following a fast break.

  19. Post update

    Attempt saved. Sergio Canales (Valencia CF) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

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Sunday 22nd December 2013

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