Valencia overcome Madrid in batty Mestalla affair
Valencia ahead Carlos Soler scored a hat-trick of penalties as his facet beat LaLiga champions Actual Madrid 4-1 at house in a rare match on Sunday.
Karim Benzema put Madrid forward with a scorching strike from exterior the world however Valencia replied with Soler’s penalties and a weird personal aim from Raphael Varane, inflicting a second defeat on Madrid this season and their heaviest league defeat since shedding 5-1 to Barcelona in October 2018. Madrid are fourth within the standings on 16 factors after eight video games, whereas Actual Sociedad are high with 20 after 9 video games.
Valencia in the meantime recorded their third win of a tumultuous marketing campaign on and off the pitch to climb as much as ninth. Actual’s preparations for the journey to Mestalla, the place that they had solely received certainly one of their earlier six visits, have been disrupted by Casemiro and Eden Hazard testing optimistic for covid-19 the day earlier than, whereas they misplaced Benzema to a muscle damage late on. Benzema had received Zinedine Zidane’s facet off to a robust begin along with his thumping strike from distance within the twenty third minute however Valencia pulled degree with the primary of Soler’s three penalties after a most uncommon flip of occasions. Soler noticed his spot-kick saved by Thibaut Courtois after which hit the publish on the rebound, whereas crew mate Yunus Musah netted the unfastened ball, solely to see the aim dominated out after a VAR evaluate confirmed him encroaching within the space. A re-take was ordered and Soler made no mistake on the second try. Valencia took the lead earlier than halftime via a freak personal aim from Raphael Varane, who unwittingly despatched the ball flying over his head and simply over the road, the aim being awarded a number of minutes later following one other VAR evaluate.
Valencia’s teenage ahead Lee Kang-in virtually struck a 3rd early within the second interval however Courtois turned his shot onto the publish. The house facet stored up the momentum although and received two additional penalties, for a foul by Marcelo on Maxi Gomez then a handball by Sergio Ramos. Soler transformed every time, changing into solely the third participant within the historical past of La Liga to attain three penalties in a single match.