Valencia 2 Real Madrid 1: Guedes & Garay consign Zidane to first loss since return

Posted Thursday, April 04, 2019 by

Valencia 2 Real Madrid 1: Guedes & Garay consign Zidane to first loss since return

Goncalo Guedes scored as Valencia won 2-1 at home to Real Madrid in LaLiga, with Zinedine Zidane tasting defeat for the first time.

Real Madrid lost for the first time since Zinedine Zidane's return, falling 2-1 at in-form Valencia in LaLiga.

Goncalo Guedes scored the opener at Mestalla on Wednesday, with Valencia moving within a point of the Champions League places after extending their unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions.

Madrid, having needed a late Karim Benzema goal to beat bottom side Huesca last time out, underwhelmed again despite the return of star names including Ballon d'Or winner Luka Modric.

Ezequiel Garay superbly converted a corner from Daniel Parejo to double the lead, though Valencia missed out on a sixth straight clean sheet at home in the league due to Benzema's 93rd-minute header.

Sergio Ramos saw an early penalty appeal rejected by referee Santiago Jaime Latre after he was challenged in the air by Ezequiel Garay.

Neto easily claimed a speculative long-ranger from Toni Kroos but Valencia took the lead in the 35th minute after Keylor Navas flapped at a corner.

Guedes and Carlos Soler played a clever one-two and the former beat Navas at his near post with a smart strike.

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