From the minute 0 the Valencia remained folded in his field and let play Real Madrid, which in the first part was so comfortable that the contrast with what we have been seeing was obvious. In the 2 ‘was about to get ahead of Madrid with a volley with the left of Benzema that would have passed to the annals of history for his resemblance to another of a fellow countryman 16 years ago.
In the next they would hit the whites, with a single move by Carvajal that takes a rebound and maximizes it by leaving Gabriel and putting a center that would bounce off Wass with such bad luck for the visitors to finish at the bottom of their own network .
The discomfort of Valencia would become apparent a few minutes later, when Carlos Soler was on the verge of self-expulsion with a template to Reguilón at a height that for another referee could have meant more than the yellow.
Even Benzema won the precise praise of Alvaro Benito in Carrusel Deportivo from ‘coast to coast’, after stealing two balls in a row at Real Madrid. In these 45 ‘saw the best Lucas and the best Modric of the season and a Marcos Llorente that three or four points physically over the others would end up being for many the best of the game. Even Bale had an active participation in the attack of Real Madrid and only a save by Neto avoided his goal from inside the area in the 28th minute.
2 – Real Madrid: Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Sergio Ramos, Reguilón; Marcos Llorente, Ceballos (Isco, m.80), Modric (Valverde, m.72); Lucas Vázquez, Benzema and Bale (Asensio, m.63).
0 – Valencia: Net; Wass (Piccini, m.68), Garay, Gabriel, Gayá; Soler, Parejo, Coquelin (Kondogbia, m.68), Guedes; Gameiro (Batshuayi, m.72) and Santi Mina.
Goals: 1-0, m.8: Wass own goal. 2-0, m.84: Lucas Vázquez.
Referee: González González (Castilian-Leonés School). He admonished Ceballos (71) for Real Madrid; and Gabriel (6), Soler (11) and Gayá (20) for Valencia.
A minute before the first shot of Valencia had arrived in the match, a shot without faith of Gameiro that ended in the second amphitheater.
However, we do not know what Marcelino would say to his team at halftime – although we can get an idea – but Valencia jumped on the pitch with another attitude and another leg. Now they pressed and in clear consequence Real Madrid was feeling less comfortable. In fact in the 52 ‘Santi Minatendría in his boots the tie, spectacular pass from Parejo through, but after a good control did not have calm in front of Courtois and put it over the crossbar.
Without reaction from Madrid, a lateral fault for Valencia would be about to become 1-1. Good Parejo ball again, Coquelin comb and Gabriel at the back end absolutely free brand, under the goal, but to everyone’s surprise above the goal.
One minute before, Bale had to be removed with discomfort in the right adductor, as reported by Javier Herraez in the SER. In the change carousel of both teams, Solari decided to put Valverde for Modric, with Asensio already in the field and leaving Isco in the band. But the one who won the spotlight this Saturday was Marcos Llorente who spun a spectacular play in which he took the ball from one area to another with the use of two walls where the others lack the air to end up putting an excellent ball to Asensio at the back post, which the Balearic squandered against Piccini.
In the 80 ‘it would leave Isco, received with some whistles by a hobby to which he did not remain to applaud at the end of the party. Like Asensio, the only two, as reported by Antonio Romero.
It would not be in that, but when you waste as much as Valencia you end up paying and Madrid would finish sentencing the game in another counterattack that Benzema concluded with a good pass and Lucas with a left-footed shot to the back of the net to give Real Madrid three points of pure air.