MX23RW : Tuesday, January 22 23:57:38
Feb 22, 2017 at 5.45pm UK at ​Mestalla
Valencia
2-1
Real Madrid
Zaza (5'), Orellana (9')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Ronaldo (44')

Result: Valencia survive Real Madrid onslaught to claim valiant win

Valencia clinch a hard-fought 2-1 win over La Liga leaders Real Madrid in Wednesday night's rescheduled clash at the Mestalla.

Valencia have produced a defensive masterclass to clinch a hard-fought 2-1 win over La Liga leaders Real Madrid in Wednesday night's rescheduled clash at the Mestalla.

Los Blancos had a chance to put themselves four points clear of Barcelona at the top of the table with a game still in hand after the fixture, originally on matchday 16, was postponed due to their commitments in the World Club Cup.

Instead, they failed to capitalise on the opportunity as a Valencia side rapidly improving under interim boss Voro struck twice in the opening nine minutes and held their nerve for the rest of the game.

The hosts opened the scoring in the fourth minute when Simone Zaza, a player reborn following his dismal loan stint at West Ham United, grabbed his second strike in two games.

The Italian was about 15 yards from the Real goal, with his back turned, when he received a cross from Munir El Haddadi, setting it up with his right foot, before pirouetting and rifling a half-volley past Keylor Navas.

Just five minutes later, Valencia were two to the good as Zaza found Nani on the left-hand side before the ex-Manchester United man threaded a through-ball into the path of Fabian Orellana, who duly slotted home.

It looked like Zinedine Zidane's charges gave themselves the perfect platform upon which to mount a second-half comeback when Marcelo's cross on the stroke of half time found Cristiano Ronaldo, who slipped in between two defenders to plant a towering header past Diego Alves.

However, Voro had prepared his team exceedingly well as they held firm at the back and, despite the visitors registering 22 shots in the game, only five of these were on target.

Real became increasingly desperate in their attempts to find an equaliser as the game went on, but Alves remained comfortable for the most part as his defence remained unshakeable right until the final whistle.

The result means that Valencia climb to 14th place in the la Liga table, 10 points clear of the dropzone, while Real remain one point clear at the top of the table with one game in hand.

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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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