Real Madrid managed to keep the pressure on La Liga leaders Barcelona with another dramatic late win, this season has seen Zinedine Zidane’s men snatch many a late victory. That in itself has been one of the reasons why they are flying high towards the top of the table.
For many it is the sign of champions elect, due to the fact that they simply do not know when to lie down and quit. That was certainly the case on Saturday as they managed to exact some revenge for the defeat they suffered at the hands of Valencia earlier in the season.
Cristiano Ronaldo may have drawn blank in the El Clasico eight days ago but that was not the case last weekend as he opened the scoring for Real on 27 minutes and the goal bought with it another entry into the record books for the Portuguese phenom.
He now is the all-time leading scorer in Europe’s top five leagues, but his day did not go fully to plan as he missed a second half penalty. It was that miss that arguably let Valencia back into the game as at 1-0 down they still had the belief they could get something from this.
And with 8 minutes to spare that was exactly what happened when former Real Madrid youngster Dani Parejo silenced The Bernabeu with an equaliser. The question now was whether or not Los Che could hold out for a well earned draw.
Unfortunately the answer to that was no, as Brazilian left back Marcelo was the hero, his late curling effort secured the win and ultimately broke Valencia hearts. Another dramatic win for Real as the title race shows now signs of letting up.
That is because Barcelona won 3-0 against cross town rivals Espanyol. Therefore they stay top but Real also have the all important game in hand. It’s also the ideal preparation for the Champions League Semi Final 1st Leg on Tuesday as they face Atletico Madrid.
Here is all you need to know from Saturday