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Valencia early show stuns Real Madrid

By AFP   |   22 February 2017   |   7:20 pm  
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Zinedine Zidane is frustrated after Real Madrid's unexpected loss to Valencia
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Two goals in the opening eight minutes from Simone Zaza and Fabian Orellana blew the La Liga title race wide open as Valencia beat leaders Real Madrid 2-1 on Wednesday.

Italian striker Zaza had broken down in tears after scoring his first goal since May at the weekend, but showed his confidence is suddenly sky high with a brilliant volleyed finish to open the scoring.

Orellana then finished off a flowing counter-attack, but Cristiano Ronaldo halved Madrid's arrears with a towering header from Marcelo's cross a minute before half-time.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane introduced Gareth Bale off the bench on just his second appearance after a three-month injury layoff for the final half hour.

And the Welshman nearly rescued a point when his header from point-blank range was blocked by Enzo Perez a minute from time.

Defeat leaves Madrid still just a point clear of Barcelona at the top of the table and now with just one game in hand over their title rivals.



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