Real Madrid continues to sustain being near its city rivals Atlético towards the La Liga title race after its 2-0 home win against Valencia on Sunday, thanks to goals scored by Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos by the first half gave the Spanish club its three points to move above Barcelona from the table. Prepare and take action for upcoming La Liga matches presented by 12BET wherein your gaming experience can give excellent winnings as you play!
There was a nervous early moment from Jaume Doménech when the Valencia goalkeeper misjudged Casemiro’s long-range shot, diving past the ball before having to desperately flick out a leg to divert it over the crossbar.
Doménech was beaten two minutes later when Madrid took the lead. Benzema was able to get past beyond Thierry Correia before whipping a low shot into the bottom corner of the net from just outside the box. Benzema would have had a second goal thirty minutes later if it had not been for a brilliant saving block by Gabriel.
Doménech beat away a 25-yard effort by Luka Modric as the hosts searched for a second goal, which arrived three minutes before half time when Kroos stylishly steered Lucas Vazquez’s cutback into the net from the edge of the penalty area.
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Real Madrid has been facing a lot of injuries the past few months, wherein the most impact holds from a knee problem for club captain Sergio Ramos. He underwent surgery earlier this month and is expected to be out for several weeks. Real Madrid had suffered in the absence of their captain in the past, but this time, they have managed to find a way to survive without him.
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Over a third of the Real Madrid squad is currently sidelined, pushing manager Zinedine Zidane to think outside the box.
He has allowed players like Sergio Arribas and Marvin Park to suit up for the team, something that his critics have been asking for since his return.
Zidane had been criticized for using the same set of players he had been using ever since his first stint, effectively leaving potential new stars without an opportunity to shine.
Dani Carvajal attempted to make a comeback against Valencia but had to leave the pitch within the opening 25 minutes after visibly re-igniting his injury.
Thibaut Courtois, Karim Benzema, Toni Kroos, Casemiro and Luka Modric have been consistent, with everyone holding down the fort in the absence of Ramos. They have a crucial UEFA Champions League tie against Atalanta coming up, which would prove to be crucial to keep their hopes alive for some silverware this season.
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