Los Blancos kept their title hopes alive after securing three points against Valencia on Sunday night. Ronaldo’s brace and Benzema’s luck tap in was enough to see off a resiliant Valencia side who gave it a right go at Santiago Bernabeu. Madrid now find themselves just 1 point behind Barcelona as we head to last weekend of La Liga action.
Absolute massive weekend in Spanish football as this weekend’s La Liga action saw all 10 games starting at the same time which gave the title race a new dimension. Real Madrid took on Valencia in their bid to keep up the pace with top two and they did just that with Ronaldo and Benzema scoring goal a piece in first half to put Real Madrid in commanding 2-0 lead at the break. But Valencia hit back just after the halftime when Rodrigo scored for Valencia to bring them back in the match. Ronaldo and Andre Gomez were on targer for eitherside to setup a grand stand finish.
It sets up the last weekend nicely as Barcelona must win their last game to keep their hopes of title in their own hands. Anything but a win will give Real madrid a chance to win the title on the last day and since all La Liga games are starting at the same time it will be a cat/mouse race.
Real Madrid 3-2 Valencia Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga, Sunday, 08 May 2016 ]
26′ 1 – 0 Cristiano Ronaldo scored with a emphatic finish into the bottom corner to put Real Madrid on their way to three points.
42′ 2 – 0 Karim Benzema was on hand to poke home from close ranger after mixup in Valencia defense. there was hint of offside to this goal.
55′ 2 – 1 Rodrigo got Valencia back in the game just after the halftime.
59′ 3 – 1 Cristiano Ronaldo
81′ 3 – 2 Andre Gomes
Last time these two meet it was a interesting game at Mestalla when both teams played out a entertaining 2-2 draw where Benzema and Bale were on target for Real Madrid.
Karim Benzema scored the opening goal in 16th minute while Daniel Parejo’s penalty just before the break made it 1-1 on the day. Game was turned on its head when Mateo Kovacic was sent off Bale scored to put Madrid 2-1 up but minute later it was Francisco Alcacer making it 2-2 again.
Gary Nevill is already under pressure having not win a single game in La Liga so far. He also saw Valencia knocked out of the Champions League. Going into the match reports in the Spanish media suggest Neville will go with 3 man defense and two full backs making sure Real Madrid don’t get easy spaces. Real Madrid on the other hand are sure to start with Varane, Ramos and Pepe and Marcelo in the back four while Kroos, Modric should continue in central midfield roles while Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez should started in attacking roles behind Benzema.
This is how I expect both teams to lineup on sunday. Real Madrid should be slightly favourite to win against Valencia looking at the recent record of both sides.
Match Predictions: Real Madrid saw off the challenge from Manchester City in the Champions League semifinal and qualified for their record 14th Europa Cup final and they are pretty much in good shape to challenge for La Liga title as they sit just 1 point behind the top two of Barcelona and Atletico. Looking at the form of both R. Madrid and Valencia I can only see one result in this one and that’s a comprehensive Real Madrid win.