Real Madrid v Valencia - Star duo dominate, as it happened

Liga / Matchday 20
Bernabéu / 08.01.2022
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Ben Snowball
Updated 08/01/2022 at 21:54 GMT
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Real Madrid bounce back with a comprehensive win
There was no hangover from their New Year loss to Getafe and it looks like it will be impossible to stop them at the top of la Liga. Thanks for following the game with us.
89'
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Vazquez, Vinicius Jr and Benzema depart
They are replaced by Fernandez, Valverde and Isco.
88'
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GOAL FOR REAL MADRID!
Fantastic finish from Benzema. Taking Mendy's low cross, two touches saw him turn 270 degrees and then a neat finish left the goalkeeper with no chance.
85'
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Cheryshev goes into the book
He fouls Militao, probably somewhere between a yellow and a red that.
83'
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Sub is subbed
Koindredi is replaced by Vallejo for Valencia.
78'
Wass with another fine effort from long range
This time it is just wide of the post. He will land one of these if Real keep letting him shoot from around the edge of the box.
76'
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GOAL FOR VALENCIA! Courtois saved his spot kick but Guedes headed home the rebound.
75'
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PENALTY!
Mendy pulls back de Souza on the six-yard box. Valencia want a red card but it is only yellow.
74'
Nearly a great team goal
Ceballos played in Vinicius Jr who fed Benzema and then Kroos slipped in Asensio whose effort was blocked by the keeper.
70'
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Modric and Casemiro off
With the game in the bag, Ancelotti takes off two of his midfield maestros with Ceballos and Camavinga coming on.
66'
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Triple substitution for Valencia
Gomez, Costa and Musah being replaced with de Souza, Koindredi and Cheryshev coming on.
64'
Wass with another great effort
This time it is about half a yard over the bar. Such a clean connection.
63'
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Wass shoots well from long range
But Courtois saves superbly diving high to his right.
61'
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GOAL FOR REAL MADRID!
Vinicius Jr nods home on the goal-line after the Valencia keeper half-parried Asensio's shot on goal.
59'
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Musah goes into the book
He fouled Casemiro who was starting a counter-attack.
57'
Gomez shoots from a free kick
But it deflects off the wall and goes wide.
53'
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GOAL FOR REAL MADRID!
Fleet feet and awful defending contributed in equal measure as Vinicius Jr dribbled into the box and exchanged passes with Benzema then got through a crowd of Valencia defenders before slotting home.
50'
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Piccini goes into the book
As usual Vinicius Jr forces a yellow card from a defender looking to stop him getting to full speed on the break.
46'
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Real Madrid get the second half underway...
HALF TIME
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It has been all Real Madrid after the opening moments of the game but it took a dubious penalty to have them in front at the break.