15 Feb Actual Madrid vs. Valencia – Football Match Report – February 14, 2021
Actual Madrid moved into second place in La Liga with a 2-Zero victory at dwelling to Valencia on Sunday.
Karim Benzema, captain for the day, put Madrid forward after 12 minutes earlier than earlier than Toni Kroos doubled the benefit simply earlier than half time at Valdebebas. Ferland Mendy thought he had made it 3-Zero simply after the hour mark however it was dominated out for offside following a VAR evaluation.
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Victory for Zinedine Zidane’s males was sufficient for them to leapfrog Barcelona, who hammered Alaves 5-1 on Saturday, with Madrid gaining some momentum forward of their Champions League conflict in opposition to Atalanta on the finish of the month. Leaders Atletico Madrid are 5 factors clear and with two video games in hand on Zidane’s aspect.
The one detrimental from the afternoon got here when Dani Carvajal limped off with an obvious hamstring harm.
With Atleti, Barcelona and Sevilla all on relentless runs of kind, Kroos mentioned Actual couldn’t afford to drop any extra factors in the event that they needed to maintain up with the pacesetters.
“The others simply preserve on profitable so now we have to try to do the identical. If we wish to have any probability of staying on the prime now we have to win all our video games,” he mentioned.
“Each sport we play we at all times attempt to win that is all we will do, it is what everybody else is doing so now we have to try to do it too. We’re fearful concerning the accidents as we’re lacking some crucial gamers however there’s not a lot we will do about it.”
Actual have been with out seven gamers as a result of health points and halfway via the primary half they misplaced Carvajal to one more harm on his return to motion, taking the total variety of injured defenders of their squad to 5.
But even with out a few of their most influential gamers, together with Sergio Ramos and Eden Hazard, they proved far too robust for Valencia, who needed to make do with out coach Javi Gracia on the sidelines as a result of a touchline ban.
The guests missed their coach’s presence as they performed with barely any urgency or ambition, significantly in a dull first half wherein they didn’t register a shot on aim.
“We’re left with a horrible feeling as we gave away the primary half,” mentioned Valencia captain Jose Gaya, whose aspect thrashed Actual 4-1 at dwelling earlier within the marketing campaign.
“It is not the primary time this has occurred this season and if we do not enhance we cannot get the outcomes we’d like. We have been higher within the second half however total we did not present the depth a sport like this calls for. We made it too straightforward for them.”