Real Madrid missed another chance to increase their lead at the top of La Liga Santander after falling to Valencia by a score of 2-1 at Mestalla Stadium.
Mestalla has become a nightmare for Los Blancos who have not won at this stadium since 2013, in a 2-3 victory thanks to a goal by Jese Rodriguez that broke the tie 8 minutes before the end of the game. Two early goals by Simone Zaza (4′) and Fabian Orellana (9′) were enough to steal 3 points from La Liga leaders who reduced the lead 1-2 before half-time, thanks to a goal by Cristiano Ronaldo.
Madrid had possession of ball through out the game, but was not able to take full advantage of it. Zidane introduced Bale and Lucas Vazquez in the second half but neither one made a significant impact on the game. Valencia on the other hand focused on defense as the game progressed with goalkeeper Diego Alves having another great performance.
Real Madrid remain atop of La Liga with 52 points and one game at hand, Barcelona is second with 51 points. Both teams have very important matches this weekend, Real Madrid away at Villareal and Barcelona plays Atletico Madrid at the Calderon. The results could reshape the race for the tittle one more time.