Ronaldo Brace Fires Real Past Valencia
Spanish La Liga Report: Valencia v Real Madrid 27 January 2018
Result: Valencia 1-4 Real Madrid
Date: 27 January 2018
Venue: Estadio de Mestalla
Cristiano Ronaldo bagged a brace, to inspire LaLiga champions Real Madrid to a 4-1 win over Valencia, at the Mestalla on Saturday evening.
Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the line-up after being rested in the Copa del Rey.
Ronaldo certainly made his presence felt on return, as he won his side a penalty in the 16th minute which he took and converted, 0-1.
Los Blancos continued to dominate and they were awarded another penalty in the 37th minute, when Martin Montoya brought down Karim Benzema.
Ronaldo stepped up and made no mistake from the spot, to double Real's lead with seven minutes left in the half.
Valencia nearly pulled a goal back on the stroke of halftime, but Rodrigo's effort from distance sailed just over the crossbar.
The home side eventually reduced the deficit in the 59th minute, as Santi Mina headed home following a cross from Dani Parejo.
Bale went close to restoring Real's two-goal cushion with 20 minute remaining, but Neto was on hand to deny Welshman from close range.
The result was eventually sealed in the 84th minute, as Marcelo played a neat one-two with Marco Asensio, before slotting through the legs of Neto.
Toni Kroos also got on the scoresheet in the 89th minute, with a super finish into the bottom corner to round off a big win.