Real Madrid shocked by Valencia after two early goals in La Liga


Real Madrid conceded two early goals as they were stunned 2-1 by Valencia in La Liga on Wednesday night.

The last time Real allowed two goals inside 10 minutes in a league match was Nov. 9, 2003, against Sevilla but it was former West Ham midfielder Simone Zaza who struck the opener with a stunning effort in the fourth minute.

The Italy international took a touch with his back to goal before turning and hammering an unstoppable shot into the top corner.

Valencia were not done, however, and five minutes later Fabian Orellana doubled their lead. Madrid were caught out on the attack and Los Che broke quickly for Nani to feed Orellana, who slotted home.

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Cristiano Ronaldo, playing his 700th club career game, had a shot that skidded wide and the Portuguese’s cross-shot found James Rodriguez at the back post but it was blocked by former Barcelona striker Munir.

Ronaldo would not be denied though and netted his 509th club goal from a header after a fine cross from Marcelo just before half-time.

Minutes later, Ronaldo nearly equalised but his 25-yard effort deflected off Eliaquim Mangala and flew just wide.

After the break, Gareth Bale replaced James with 30 minutes to go and carved out a few chances for his teammates, but Valencia were unlucky not to have been given a penalty as Sergio Ramos stood on Munir’s foot on the edge of the area.

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Valencia continued to play on the break but Bale and Ronaldo could not inspire Madrid to an equaliser despite some heavy late pressure.

Bale saw an injury-time header cleared away by Valencia skipper Enzo Perez and Ronaldo was guilty of missing an even better headed opportunity with two minutes of added time remaining, although his blushes were spared as he was flagged offside as he headed wide from in front of goal.

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Unlike in recent weeks there would be no last-gasp heroics as even Keylor Navas went up for a late corner, with the full-time whistle coming as the set-piece was cleared away.

Real keep their one point lead over Barcelona, and have a game in hand, but will be bitterly disappointed at their failure to extend it and take the advantage in the title race.|

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