Valencia claimed a historic 4-1 win over Real Madrid, despite failing to win any of their four league matches prior to the latest one.
Valencia imposed Real Madrid to a third defeat in all competitions this season, thanks to a 4-1 thrashing of them at the Mestalla. Karim Benzema had put the Whites in front in the first half in what was going to be a routine win for them but a total collapse in the latter hour of the game meant that they could not pick anything from the game.
Javi Gracia’s men were awarded no less than three penalties and converted all of them, thanks to Carlos Soler who bagged a hat-trick. An own goal from Raphael Varane also favoured the hosts.
However, Zinedine Zidane does have a couple of positives to pick from the game- especially his side’s attitude to probe until the end and the fact that the result was more to do with misfortune than poor performance.
Here are five talking points from the fixture.
MARCELO COSTS REAL MADRID DEAR
Marcelo was the world’s best left-back some years ago, but his downfall has been drastic. Make no mistake, the Brazilian is terrific going forward even at 32 but is very poor defensively. As a result, Ferland Mendy has overtaken him in the pecking order and the vice-captain was unable to deliver on a rare start against a difficult outfit.
The left-back was caught napping for the side’s second goal, which was a ball in from Valencia’s right flank. A few minutes later, he conceded a very silly penalty that increased the home side’s advantage to two ahead. With performances like these, it is clear why the player has not been used as often as he would like to and Marcelo surely can’t complain.