Brazilian strikers Vinicius Junior and Frenchman Karim Benzema led their Real Madrid team to maintain top spot in the Spanish football league after overturning their inability to win a “crazy” 2-1 in two minutes in a splendid comeback against his host Valencia on Sunday in the fifth stage.
Real remained behind until the 86th minute with a goal from Hugo Douro (66), before reversing the situation thanks to the “madness” of the last minutes, where he marked the beginning of the draw with Vinicius Junior, then Benzema scored the three points and the advantage in the 88th minute.
Real kept theirs record unbeaten after taking his third consecutive win and fourth in this season against a draw, bringing his score to 13 points, two points ahead of his arch-rival Atletico, the champion in charge and its partner in head, who fell into the trap of a draw against his host Athletic Bilbao 0-0 on Saturday, in When Valencia’s record stalled at 10 points, they dropped to third place after suffering their first defeat in this season.
The “Merengue” team is going through a wonderful stage with their new old coach Carlo Ancelotti, who also started his European season by beating the Italian champion Inter 1-0 in the first round of the Champions League.
Valencia, on the other hand, continued their series of poor results in home against Real Madrid, where he has only won 4 times in the last 13 matches of the “La Liga”, compared to two draws and 7 defeats, knowing that the last victory of the La team “bat”Dates back to 8 November 2020 with a score of 4-1.
In addition, Real do not know the defeat in their last 18 games outside their stronghold “Santiago Bernabeu” in the elite with 12 wins and 6 draws, as the last defeat against Valencia dates back to 2020.
Ancelotti relied on Austrian rookie David Alaba in defense and Dani Carvajal, while the Brazilian Casemiro, the Croatian Luka Modric, the Uruguayan Federico Valverde and the Belgian Eden Hazard played in the center behind the forwards Vinicius Junior and Benzema.
In the first 25 minutes, the first half saw no real threat to the goals of the two teams, with the exception of 3 emergency substitutions for injuries, in particularly Carvajal, who came out and Lucas Vasques replaced him in the 25th minute.
After a shot by Casemiro picked up by Georgian goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili (32), his Belgian counterpart, Thibaut Courtois, was the protagonist on a free-kick from Danish Daniel Vas, followed by Brazilian Gabriel Paulista, and the Belgian national goalkeeper blocked the line of door (43).
In the second half Valencia opened the scoring after a mistake by Vasques, who was unable to head a cross from French defender Dimitri Volquier, and reached the Douro, who fired into Courtois’s goals (66).
Benzema responded to a draw twice (86 and 75) before transforming in passing for a decisive ball to colleague Vinicius, who managed to kick it with the right, turned from Volquier and deceived the goalkeeper (86), raising the score to five goals in the same number of games in “La Liga”, compared to The fifth crucial step for the French international in the 2021-2022 season.
As soon as Valencia woke up from the first shot, until Benzema landed a second fatal blow two minutes later, after Vinicius responded to the “galli” striker after a cross from the left, he went up from 5.5 meters and cut him with his shoulder as soon as the goalkeeper Mamardashvili left.
It is Benzema’s sixth goal in 5 league games in this season, in tops the scorer list against his Brazilian teammate.
Sevilla brakes for Sociedad
Sevilla held back a winning streak for their host Real Sociedad, forcing them to a goalless draw.
Sociedad had three straight wins over Rayo Vallecano and Levante with a 1-0 result and Cadiz with two clean nets, after La Liga started with a 2-4 defeat to Barcelona, before falling into the trap of the tie against the Andalusian. club to increase his score to 10 points in the center the fourth.
For their part, Sevilla maintained their unbeaten run after drawing for the second time against two wins, to bring their score to 8 points in sixth place with a match in less.
The club Basque failed to free himself from the curse that pursued him against Sevilla in league, not winning the last eight games, drawing 3 times against 5 defeats, while the host has only lost one game in the last five away matches in at the Sociedad stadium in “La Liga”, where he won twice and drew 3 times, with the last defeat dating back to December 2017 with a score of 1-3.
Espanyol snatched a fatal draw from their host Real Betis 2-2, with a goal from Uruguayan defender Leandro Cabrera in the seventh minute of injury time for the second half.
And Espanyol were the first to score with Alex Vidal (16), before Betis equalized thanks to the Brazilian William Jose (41) and advanced with a goal from the French Nabil Fekir (45 + 5).
Betis completed the match in ten men after his Argentine defender, German Betsella, was sent off in the 78th minute.
The stage ends on Monday with the meeting of Barcelona with Granada.
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