Valencia draw at Real Madrid
Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia
La Liga—Sunday, August 27, 2017
Score: Valencia 2–2 Real Madrid
Half-time: Valencia 1—1 Real
Goals: Real—Asensio 10, 83, Valencia Soler 18, Kondogbia 77.
Possession: Real 66%, Valencia 34%
Shots at/on Goal: Real 22/6, Valencia 7/3
Sound bite: Benzema’s misses drop Real to fifth place on the La Liga table.
Turning Point: Karim Benzema goal scoring misses: 21, 36, 43, 45, 53, 87.
Formations: Real—4-3-3, Valencia—4-4-2
Rosters: Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Casemiro, Nacho, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos (Mayoral 84), Isco (Kovacic 45); Bale (Lucas Vazquez 74), Benzema Asensio. Subs not used: Casilla, Hernandez, Llorente, and Ceballos Fernandez. Booked: Carvajal, Casemiro, Nacho. Valencia—Murara Neto, Montoya (Vidal Miralles 75), Nunes Vezo, Murillo, Latore Grueso (Gil de Pareja 83); Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Gaya; Zaza, Rodrigo (Mina Lorenzo 88). Subs not used: Domenech, Maksimovic, Medran, Jimenez. Booked: Montoya, Soler, Parejo, Zaza, Rodrigo.
FP La Liga ranking: Real—10, Valencia—6
Form: Real—W, Valencia—W
Head-to-head: Real Madrid—19W-7L-9D (in LL since 2008)
FP CRI: Garcia—3, Zidane—3. Garcia got it right, Zidane blew it.
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain
Weather: 21C/70F/dry and comfortable
Pitch: Smooth and well kept
Referee Team: Referee— Fernandez Borbalan, assistant referees Raul Cabanero and Jose Manuel Matias Caballero, and Rafael Sanchez Lopez, fourth official.
Fouls Committed: Real 19—24 Valencia
Fouls Called: Real 12—12 Valencia
Yellow Cards: Real 3—5 Valencia
Red Cards: Real 0—0 Valencia
Zidane had to play Casemiro as a central defender as Ramos, Varane and Vallejo were unavailable and Ronaldo was still serving his red-card-push suspension. Bale was still unfit, Benzema was still embarrassing, and a rejuvenated and focused Valencia smelled blood and went for the kill, getting a point, and almost three, at the Bernabeu.