The visitors got off to an inauspicious start at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium when defender Daniel Wass inadvertently sent the ball into his own net in the eighth minute while trying to head away a cross by Dani Carvajal, reports Efe.
The complexion of the match changed after halftime. Valencia nearly scored the equaliser in the 54th minute when Santi Mina expertly gathered an exquisite pass from Dani Parejo but then sent a shot on the run over the crossbar.
Thirteen minutes later, Brazilian defender Gabriel Paulista had a golden chance to draw his side level when a free kick set him up for a volley that he sent just wide off the post.
With those chances having come and gone, Real Madrid started creating danger on the counter-attack.
They are fifth in the Spanish league with 23 points after having fallen to as low as ninth with their crushing 1-5 loss to Barcelona on October 28, a defeat that cost then head coach Julen Lopetegui his job.
Real Madrid is now just three points behind top placed Sevilla (26 points). Valencia is at the 13th place with 17 points.
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