Real Madrid rallied from behind again to secure a 2-1 victory over Valencia at the Mestalla on Sunday evening.
Los Blancos made just a single change from their last-gasp win over Inter Milan in their UEFA Champions League opener, with Lucas Vazquez withdrawn for Eden Hazard.
Valencia provided little room to breathe in the earlier exchanges, as a powerful strike in the area from Federico Valverde worked goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili to a clever save.
It was not long after the start that brought the host to an emotional Carlos Soler making way because of an injury inside 17 minutes and Yunus Musah coming on. The away contingent wasn’t spared in this regard as nine minutes later Dani Carvajal lamented an injury and was rightfully removed for Vazquez.
Los Blancos refused to be bothered by the substitution two minutes from the half-hour mark, as Casemiro forced a save o out ofMamardashvili with a shot outside the area.
The home team made a positive start at the restart as Thibaut Courtois parried a shot from a tight angle by Hugo Duro before Goncalo Guedes squandered a good chance with a wayward attempt.
Los Che’s persistence finally paid dividends in the middle of the second spell when Duro pulled away from the far post to drill a clever ball beyond Real goalkeeper Courtois.
Madrid didn’t waste time seeking a turnaround, as a double substitution saw Casemiro making way for Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo coming in for Luka Modric.
After constant probing, the visitors levelled four minutes from time through a speculative shot by Vinicius Junior that deflected past Mamardashvili.
Los Blancos turned it around inside a minute after Karim Benzema collected an exquisite ball from Rodrygo to head beyond a grasping Mamardashvili.
The victory ensured that Madrid continue to set the pace at the top of the table, whilst Los Che lost for the first time this season.
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