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Real Madrid beat Valencia to move into fifth place

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scored early during a dominant first half and then added an in the closing minutes for a 2-0 win over Valencia, which was a much tougher opponent after the intermission.

The visitors got off to an inauspicious start at when defender inadvertently sent the ball into his own net in the eighth minute while trying to head away a cross by Dani Carvajal, reports

became even more voracious after that opening goal, while appeared outclassed as it repeatedly lost the ball shortly after gaining possession.

The hosts could have taken a 2-0 lead into halftime, but Brazilian did well to save a close range shot by

The complexion of the match changed after halftime. nearly scored the equaliser in the 54th minute when Santi Mina expertly gathered an exquisite pass from but then sent a shot on the run over the crossbar.

Thirteen minutes later, Brazilian defender 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, started creating danger on the counter-attack.

Although second-half substitute squandered one opportunity in the 76th minute, was able to finish off a move set up by Carvajal and in the 83rd minute.

Sandwiched between those two moves, Real Madrid made an outstanding save to deny striker

Real Madrid has now racked up six victories in seven games across all competitions since took over as in late October.

They are fifth in the with 23 points after having fallen to as low as ninth with their crushing 1-5 loss to on October 28, a defeat that cost then his job.

Real Madrid is now just three points behind top placed (26 points). Valencia is at the 13th place with 17 points.

--IANS

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First Published: Sun, December 02 2018. 13:56 IST
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