MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 21:50:11
Dec 1, 2018 at 7.45pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Attendance: 69,653
Real Madrid
2-0
Valencia
Wass (8' og.), Vazquez (83')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Result: Real Madrid edge past Valencia at Bernabeu

Real Madrid move to within three points of the top of La Liga courtesy of a 2-0 win over Valencia at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid moved to within three points of the top of La Liga courtesy of a 2-0 win over Valencia at the Bernabeu on Saturday night.

Los Blancos have jumped one position into fifth and are now just three points off division leaders Sevilla despite already suffering five league defeats this term.

The defeat was just Valencia's third in the league this season, but Los Che have now only won three of their 14 top-flight matches this term, which sees them stay in 13th position.

Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal celebrates with teammates against Valencia on December 1, 2018© Reuters

Karim Benzema sent a powerful volley just wide of the Valencia post in the third minute as Madrid made a strong start, and the home side were ahead five minutes later.

The goal arrived courtesy of smart work from Dani Carvajal inside the Valencia box, and the right-back's cross was headed into the back of his own net by Los Che defender Daniel Wass.

Gareth Bale tested Neto from distance in the 15th minute as Madrid continued to dominate, but Valencia were having their moments, and Kevin Gameiro fired over the crossbar in the 28th minute during an open period.

Neto again kept out Bale 15 minutes before the end of the first half, before Benzema swept the ball over the crossbar in the 37th minute as opportunities continued to arrive in the capital.

Just the one goal separated the two teams at the break, and it was a fairly even first 45 minutes at the Bernabeu.

Valencia entered the match with the joint-best defensive record in La Liga, but had only scored 11 times in their first 13 league games of the season, which was the joint-worst attacking record.

It was not too difficult to see why they had struggled as the second period developed, with Real comfortably defending their lines and Valencia spurning the chances they did create.

Santi Mina had a golden opportunity to level the scores in the 53rd minute when he broke into the home side's box, but the striker fired over Thibaut Courtois's goal.

Bale had another off-night and was withdrawn in the 63rd minute, and Valencia boss Marcelino made all three of his changes over the course of the next nine minutes, with Michy Batshuayi among those to enter.

Isco made his return to the side in the 80th minute, meanwhile, and Real scored their second three minutes later to wrap up all three points.

It was Lucas Vazquez on the scoresheet this time, with the Spaniard turning a clever Benzema pass into the back of the net from inside the box to cap a successful night for Madrid.

REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Reguilon; Modric (Valverde 72'), Ceballos (Isco 80'), Llorente; Lucas, Benzema, Bale (Asensio 63')

VALENCIA (4-4-2): Neto; Wass (Piccini 68'), Garay, Paulista, Gaya; Soler, Coquelin (Kondogbia 68), Parejo, Guedes; Gameiro (Batshuayi 72'), Mina

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Sergio Ramos celebrates scoring from the spot during the La Liga game between Real Madrid and Real Valladolid on November 3, 2018
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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona20144256213546
2Atletico MadridAtletico20118130131741
3Real Madrid2011363024636
4Sevilla209653122933
5AlavesAlaves209562223-132
6Getafe208752516931
7Real Betis208572525029
8Valencia2051141918126
9Real Sociedad207582524126
10Levante207583235-326
11EibarEibar206772428-425
12GironaGirona205962326-324
13Espanyol2073102130-924
14Athletic Bilbao2041152126-523
15Leganes205781824-622
16Real Valladolid205781723-622
17Celta Vigo205693234-221
18Rayo Vallecano2055102436-1220
19Villarreal203982126-518
20Huesca2025131739-2211

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