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Real Valladolid 0-2 Real Madrid: On the road, Karim Benzema propels champions to win

Real Valladolid 0-2 Real Madrid: On the road, Karim Benzema propels champions to win.
Real Madrid moved top of La Liga with an unconvincing 2-0 win against 10-man Real Valladolid.
Inside the first 15 minutes Madrid were denied a penalty despite Javi Sanchez’s apparent handball, with Carlo Ancelotti left furious at the decision.
Minutes later Karim Benzema blazed over the bar from point-blank range, then Antonio Rudiger headed wide.

Valladolid had been stretched almost to breaking but from midway through the first half they were the dominant side.
Thibaut Courtois denied Alvaro Aguado’s curling effort shortly before the break, while the hosts had a penalty appeal of their own turned down before another Aguado chance.
On the hour mark, Valladolid lost both Roque Mesa and Julian Escudero to injury, while Madrid introduced Lucas Vazquez and Rodrygo.
Another trio of brilliant Courtois saves were required to keep the scores level with 20 minutes to play.
With 10 minutes remaining, Rudiger headed onto the arm of Sanchez and this time the VAR intervened to award the champions a late penalty. In the furious aftermath, Sergio Leon was sent off.
Benzema stepped up to convert the spot kick after a long wait.
Shortly afterwards Benzema wrapped up the victory with his second goal, courtesy of a Luka Modric cameo, to give Madrid possession of top spot in La Liga.

Talking Point – Madrid’s depth is ridiculous

Friday’s victory over Valladolid was a perfect demonstration of the champions’ strength in depth. A full team of seasoned internationals started the match for Madrid, and yet manager Ancelotti was able to call on Rodrygo, Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga as second-half substitutes. Compare this with the devastating impact that the injuries to Mesa and Escudero had on Valladolid’s performance. Madrid played well beneath their best for the opening hour of the match, but they always had the safety net of their star-studded bench.

Player of the Match – Vinicius Jr

While a number of Valladolid’s players could easily have been nominated, Brazilian winger Vinicius was the best player on the pitch. Vinicius was tireless in his running – he made six dribbles in the match – and brave with the ball at his feet. Often accused of being too willing to pass, Vinicius shot on sight against Valladolid, exactly what was required.
While not directly involved in either goal, Vinicius was the sole constant threat for Madrid.

Player Ratings

Valladolid: Masip 6, Fresneda 6, Joaquin 6, Javi Sanchez 5, Escudero 6, Roque Mesa 7, Monchu 6, Aguado 7, Ivan Sanchez 5, Sergio Leon 6, Oscar Plano 6. Subs: Luis Perez N/A, Plata 6, Kenedy N/A,
Madrid: Courtois 8, Carvajal 6, Alaba 6, Kroos 6, Benzema 7, Asensio 6, Valverde 6, Ceballos 5, Vinicius 8, Rudiger 7, Mendy 7. Subs: Modric 8, Camavinga 7, Lucas 6, Tchouameni 7, Rodrygo 6

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Real Valladolid 0-2 Real Madrid: On the road, Karim Benzema propels champions to win
Real Valladolid 0-2 Real Madrid: On the road, Karim Benzema propels champions to win

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