Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for Real Madrid but Valencia produced a stunning comeback to end the 22 game winning streak of Los Blancos.
Real Madrid travelled to Valencia to continue their winning streak of 22 games but they were greeted by well organized Los Che, who played an aggressive game from start to end.
Cristiano Ronaldo put Real Madrid ahead in the 14th minute by scoring through a penalty. Real Madrid maintained their lead till the half time but Valencia came back strongly to score two goals in the 52nd and 65th minute.
Sergio Ramos, Ronaldo and Isco all went close to finding a late leveller, but Valencia defended intelligently to stop the attacks of Real Madrid. Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos praised the efforts of Valencia after the game.
“I won’t take anything away from Valencia. I’m hurt by the loss of three points and the end of the run, but the league is long. We didn’t sing about our victories before the match nor will we throw the towel in on La Liga now. They played their system, they managed to do well, they put plenty of players in the middle of the field and they have taken the points.”
Sergio Ramos also said that this defeat is not going to hamper the Real Madrid’s chances of winning La Liga this season. He said: “Not at all. I think if anything has characterised this group it is the humility and work and this will not change that. It will make us stronger. We will continue to grow as a confident team.”
This was a big win for Valencia and defender Nicolas Otamendi was extremely pleased with the performance of his team which halted the winning run of mighty Real Madrid. “These are three important points. It’s a good start to 2015. We started the year as we ended the previous,” Otamendi told reporters after the match.
“Kudos to the team who trained all week for this. We also played the last game of 2014 in the same way.
“The truth is that, despite having young players, we have players with experience and, despite the warnings, we were up to par.”
This defeat has reduced the La Liga lead of Real Madrid over Atletico to just one point while Valencia are now in the fourth spot, five behind Los Blancos.