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Lucas Vazquez's late winner ensured Real Madrid grab a crucial 2-0 win over Valencia. 

By Associated Press
December 01, 2018

MADRID — Real Madrid has found some peace again after the humiliating loss to Eibar in the Spanish league.

Madrid followed the 3-0 loss at Eibar with a 2-0 win over red-hot Valencia on Saturday.

The victory over Valencia, which had won three straight in the league, moved Madrid from sixth to fifth in the standings, three points behind leader Sevilla and two points behind second-place Barcelona. Sevilla visits fourth-place Alaves on Sunday, while Barcelona hosts Villarreal. Third-place Atletico Madrid, two points off the lead, visits Girona.

Valencia lost at Juventus 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, a result that ended its chances of advancing from the group stage. At the same time, Madrid won at Roma 2-0.

Playing at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium for the first time after four straight away games, Madrid was loudly cheered by fans after the match, despite a lackluster second half.

Madrid started well and opened the scoring less than 10 minutes in with an own-goal by Daniel Wass. The midfielder headed the ball into his own net while trying to clear a cross from Dani Carvajal to Karim Benzema.

The French striker set up Lucas Vazquez's 83rd-minute goal from close range to seal the victory.

There were some jeers for Gareth Bale after another mediocre display when he was substituted by Marco Asensio in the second half. Luka Modric also was substituted in the second half, being replaced by Federico Valverde.

Francisco ''Isco'' Alarcon, who had fallen out of favor with coach Santiago Solari, entered the match in the 80th to a loud ovation from the crowd.

Madrid was without midfielder Toni Kroos and left back Marcelo because of minor injuries.

Valencia dropped to 13th in the standings.


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