(EFE) – A shot by Brazilian Vinicius that brushed against Frenchman Dimitri Foulquier and an assist to Karim Benzema allowed Real Madrid to overcome Valencia in the last minutes of their visit to Mestalla (1-2) and maintain the leadership in LaLiga Santander after the fifth day.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team was on the canvas, ko after Hugo Duro’s goal (m.66) after a serious failure by Lucas Vázquez. The Italian had played all his cards by withdrawing Casemiro, Modric, Valverde and Hazard from the field. The first three were accusing the wear and tear of the ‘Champions’ match in Milan before the tireless pressure of Valencia.
José Bordalás’ team savored a new victory against the whites, this time in green with their new away kit, and first place in LaLiga, something unthinkable not so long ago. It was the award for a model match in terms of intensity and disposition. He drowned Real Madrid, but did not finish him off. As against Inter, the Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois supported him and on this occasion, Vinicius appeared, stellar again in this start of the campaign, to sign the comeback with Benzema.
The victory leaves only Real Madrid at the top of the table, with thirteen points, two more than Atlético de Madrid, and leaves Valencia third to three, tied with Real Sociedad. The other great contender, Barcelona, is six away, but has two games pending. One will play it this Monday against Granada at the end of the fifth day, in which Ancelotti’s team was the only ‘European’ so far to win his match.
The rest paid the toll of the continental competition. None, waiting for the Barcelona fans, achieved victory, including Atlético de Madrid, the defending champion, who on Saturday gave up a new draw, against Athletic.
The Moroccan goal Yassine Bono was once again essential for a Sevilla that has not yet managed to start up the machinery of its renovated project as Julen Lopetegui would like. He saved a penalty and saved at least one point at the Reale Arena.
On Tuesday he had to face three maximum penalties against Salzburg and they only scored one. On this occasion he had to defend only one, at 27 minutes, after referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz came to the video. And he knew how to put up with a specialist like Mikel Oyarzabal well and avoided both with his feet.
The rest were fireworks from both teams. The 0-0 prevents Real from adding their fourth victory in a row and places them in fourth place, while Sevilla, with one game less, accumulates eight points, it is sixth to five of Real Madrid.
There were also no goals in Sunday’s first match between Mallorca and Villarreal in Son Moix. The Balearic team remains undefeated at home and the Spaniard for the moment only knows how to tie. All their matches have ended in a draw.
Unai Emery’s team took the field with four changes with respect to the team that drew (2-2) with Atalanta, one of them forced by the injury (muscular overload) suffered by its striker Gerard Moreno at the last minute. It didn’t work, like the four substitutions he made at the same time in the second period.
The other European team, Betis also drew against Espanyol (2-2), who after complaining about the prolongation in the match against Atlético de Madrid found salvation this time in added time thanks to a goal at 97 minutes of play. Uruguayan Leandro Cabrera.
It was the icing on the cake to a very attractive game that punished a Betis who did not know how to sentence the clash after having traced the goal of Aleix Vidal (m.16) through the Brazilian Willian Jose (m.41) and the French Nabil Fekir ( m.49 +). Espanyol, who had a great chance for Adrián Embarba to reach 0-2, resisted and in the end had the faith to go for the point, benefiting from the expulsion of Argentine Germán Pezzella in the 78th minute.
The tables defuse the climbing attempt of the Chilean team Manuel Pellegrini, installed in the middle of the table, and put an end to the losing streak of Vicente Moreno’s men, who still do not know victory on their return to the First Division.