Estadio de Mestalla, Liga – Valencia 1 (Duro 66′) Real Madrid 2 (Vinicius Júnior 86′, Benzema 88′)
By Our Sports Desk
Real Madrid staged a dramatic late comeback to snatch all three points in a 2-1 away win over Valencia who were the better team for much of the match.
Jose Bordalas’ side looked set to continue their early season resurgence with a victory that would have sent them to the top of La Liga, but Real Madrid rallied late on to score twice through Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior.
The two teams kicked off the match tied on points in the La Liga table with Valencia taking the game to the visitors in the early stages. However, the hosts were soon hit by injuries to Carlos Soler and Theirry Correira before Dani Carvajal also had to be withdrawn.
Gabriel Paulista and Goncalo Guedes both spurned opportunities to put Valencia ahead before Hugo Duro slammed home a bouncing ball inside the box on 66 minutes to send the Mestalla crowd wild.
Carlo Ancelotti responded by introducing Eduardo Camavinga and Rodrygo off the bench with Luka Jovic and Isco also thrown on in the latter stages, and the pressure eventually told when Vinicius had a deflected strike flash in at the near post with just four minutes left.
And Benzema completed the turnaround moments later by heading in a Vinicius cross as Real Madrid left Mestalla with a victory they barely deserved on the balance of the 90 minutes.