Spanish giants Real Madrid have paid dearly for conceding two quick goals in their La Liga fixture against home side Valencia on Wednesday night, February 22.
Barely four minutes into the massive encounter, Simone Zaza opened the scoring for the hosts in a spectacular fashion to put his side ahead.
The home side made their intentions clear five minutes later when Fabian Orellana doubled the lead for Valencia to send the entire Mestalla stadium into the wild.
Although Real Madrid took the larger share of possession in the first half, the hosts were formidable in defense with goalkeeper Diego Alves making spectacular saves.
Regular suspect Cristiano Ronaldo eventually pulled one back for the league leaders through a sublime header as both teams went into the break with Valencia leading 2 – 1.
As expected, Madrid returned from the tunnel firing from all cylinders, but somehow, could not find the back of the net; their closest chance late-on was headed wide by Mangala; and that was how it ended.
With 52 points from 22 games, Real Madrid are now just one point ahead of Barcelona, but have one game at hand. Sevilla are third with 49.
Zinedine Zidane’s men will face another herculean task in their next game with a trip to Villareal on Sunday, February 26.
Barcelona be visiting Atletico Madrid on the same day.