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Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia |

Pressurized by the success of Barca against Real Sociedad (2-0), Real Madrid were held to a draw at home against Valencia after an exciting match (2-2). The title is very close for the Catalans …

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Real Madrid is close to losing everything in a short week. Beaten by Juventus at the semi-final of the Champions League (2-1), The Merengue club just said goodbye to La Liga’s title. Pressurized by the victory of FC Barcelona against Real Sociedad in the early evening (2-0), Carlo Ancelotti’s men got only one point at the Santiago Bernabeu against Valencia (2-2). A team that had beaten them (1-2) in the first Phase …

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After three draws in Madrid’s stadium in the last three seasons, the Valencians yet again got the points shared on Saturday after a thrilling and virile game. They can especially thank Diego Alves since the Brazilian goalkeeper was immense. He stopped his 19th penalty facing Cristiano Ronaldo. He repeled Bale’s attempts (32nd), Chicharito (48th, 56th) and Ramos (73). He was also saved three times from the attempts of Bale (13th), Cristiano Ronaldo (18th) and Chicharito (40th).

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But he wasn’t able to deal with Pepe’s head following a corner from James Rodriguez (55th), nor could he stop Isco’s strike in the 83rd. Deprived of Benzema (in recovery), Varane (resting) and Kroos (touched in hamstring during the game), Real has suffered especially in the first period. Tested from the 30th second by Alcacer, Casillas was defeated twice. Gaya, sent a decisive center to Alcacer (19th). And Javi Fuego scored the visitors’ second goal with his head six minutes later. But the fourth in La Liga failed to keep the three points of victory. They however have done Barça a great service, who’s now four points ahead with only two rounds remaining.

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