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Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid: Five Talking Points

Srihari
FEATURED WRITER
Modified 05 Jan 2015

Valencia ended Real Madrid’s 22-match winning run as they came from behind to record a 2-1 victory at the Mestalla on Sunday. Cristiano Ronaldo put the visitors ahead in the first half from the penalty spot and should have doubled the lead a little later, but the 29-year-old could only hit the side netting from a few yards out.That miss came back to haunt his side as the hosts scored twice in the second half. Antonio Barragan levelled the score in the 52nd minute and just 13 minutes later, another defender, Nicolas Otamendi, scored with a bullet header from a corner.Although the visitors went in search of an equaliser in the final 15 minutes, a combination of good goalkeeping and poor finishing cost them dearly.Here are the major talking points from the game.Β 

#1 Real\'s run finally ends

Nobody said it was going to last forever, but that still does nothing to soften the blow. Madrid were chasing their 23rd straight win, which would have put them one behind the world record of 24, set by Coritiba. And although Valencia boasted an impressive home record, Real had averaged almost four goals a game away from home in the League this season and were expecting to inch closer to the world record.

When Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot, it looked as though it was all going according to plan. But then, in the second half, everything went wrong. They conceded two goals which could easily have been avoided and now are just one point ahead of Barcelona, who can take over as the League leaders with a win later against Real Sociedad.

Although the visitors have a game in behind and might eventually still go onto win the League, this game demonstrated just why there are no unbeatable sides in football.

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Published 05 Jan 2015
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