Cristiano Ronaldo’s two penalties impressed Actual Madrid to get again to profitable methods following their midweek loss, as they claimed three important factors in a 1-Four win towards Villarreal on the Mestalla Stadium on Saturday.
Martin Montoya was Valencia’s fundamental perpetrator as his two defensive errors nearly value his facet the sport. He introduced down Ronaldo for the primary spot-kick – after a devastating Actual counter-attack – earlier than clattering into Karim Benzema for the second. Ronaldo was cool sufficient to beat Valencia keeper Neto from 12-yard out on every event.
The house facet halved the deficit simply earlier than the hour mark as Santi Mina rose within the field to move Parejo’s deflected cross at aim, steering his effort past the attain of Navas into the underside nook.
Marcelo and Toni Kroos put the sport past doubt within the dying minutes when their targets put Actual into an unassailable Four-1 lead.
Actual Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane got here into this sport figuring out he was underneath intense scrutiny after his facet crashed out of the Copa del Rey to Leganes.
They got here into the sport in fourth place within the Primera División, 5 factors behind opponents Valencia and an additional 19 factors (with a sport in hand) behind leaders Barcelona.
The primary ten minutes of the sport have been tense exchanges and there have been indicators of nervousness in Los Blancos’ play as Valencia seemed assured in possession. Valencia’s arrange seemed as if they have been the away facet, as they sat deep, trying to counteract and press Madrid’s efficiency with their attacking entrance three.
Actual ought to have taken the lead after they had the primary clear-cut likelihood of the sport when Garay clattered into his goalkeeper Neto as he tried to clear a cross into the field, Bale discovered the ball fall to his toes and he drilled a strike which was well saved by Neto.
Simply minutes later Madrid have been awarded a penalty after a devastating box-to-box counter assault, which got here from a Valencia nook, Ronaldo was fouled by Montoya within the field following a pleasant passing change between Marcelo and Karim Benzema.
Ronaldo stepped up and held his nerve from 12 yards, as he slotted calmly to the keepers left, sending Neto the incorrect means. Actual have been rewarded for his or her scientific counter.
Valencia appeared to have grown in confidence since falling behind, nevertheless, their steady strain on the Actual aim wasn’t a lot to savour.
As an alternative, it was Los Blancos who doubled their lead seven minutes earlier than half-time as Ronaldo scored his second penalty of the sport. The penalty got here when Martin Montoya clattered into the again of Karim Benzema as he went up for a header within the field. Ronaldo dispatched – this time to the goalkeeper’s proper.
A brace from the penalty spot from Cristiano Ronaldo handed Actual Madrid a 2-Zero lead on the break, though the scoreline was not a good reflection of the match as Valencia have been lively within the last third, however simply could not discover that important breakthrough.
The hosts got here out with a bit between their tooth as they adopted the motivation that Madrid hadn’t gained at their floor since 2013. They have been lastly rewarded for his or her efforts earlier than the hour when Santi Mina obtained up properly to move in from Parejo’s nook, steering his effort past the attain of Navas.
The noise ranges within the Mestalla grew as Valencia upped the ante within the last third, continually placing strain on the Actual defence.
Nonetheless, it was Madrid left-back Marcelo who put the sport to mattress when the Brazilian performed a one-two with Marco Asensio down the left earlier than sliding his shot underneath Neto.
Toni Kroos determined to rub salt into the Valencia wounds because the German drilled a low effort into the underside nook, leaving Neto with no likelihood.
Actual Madrid stay fourth in La Liga however transfer simply two factors behind Valencia. The consequence might not change their league place, but it surely definitely eases a little bit of strain off Zidane after the dominant show on the Mestalla.