Madrid and Valencia share the spoils

Defending champions Real Madrid dropped their first points of the season after being held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

  • Real Madrid 2 Valencia 2
  • Asensio gives hosts early lead
  • Soler equalises soon after
  • Kondogbia fires Los Che in front
  • Asensio rescues point for champs

Match Summary

Zinedine Zidane's side made a good enough start when Marco Asensio opened the scoring in the 10th minute, but they were pegged back eight minutes later by Carlos Soler's equaliser.

Los Blancos had numerous chances to restore their lead, with Karim Benzema particularly wasteful, and it looked to have cost them when Geoffrey Kondogbia put the visitors ahead 13 minutes from time.

However, Asensio spared Benzema's blushes with an 82nd-minute free-kick to rescue a point for the champions of Europe.

Full Report

Real started on the front foot and won two corner inside the opening seven minutes before Asensio broke the deadlock with their first real chance of the match in the 10th minute.

The Spain international had only been drafted into the starting XI as a result of Sergio Ramos' suspension, but he soon made an impact as he fired home into the bottom-left corner of the net from outside the area.

Los Che responded quickly, however, as Soler found space in between makeshift central defenders Casemiro and Nacho to convert Toni Lato's pass from close range on 18 minutes.

Benzema could have restored the hosts' lead three minutes later when he was picked out on the left by Gareth Bale, but the French striker missed the target. He did manage to test visiting keeper Neto in the 36th minute after being set up by Marcelo, but squandered two more chances just before half-time.

Marcelino's men appeared to be holding on after the break when Casemiro, Benzema, Modric, Asensio and Bale all failed to take their chances as the second half wore on, before Daniel Parejo finally threatened with a shot from outside the area that was smartly saved by Keylor Navas on 73 minutes.

 Los Che's next attack saw them take the lead four minutes later as Navas was beaten by a composed finish from off-season signing Kondogbia after he was played in by Rodrigo Moreno.
 
It was hardly deserved and Real looked to hit back soon after as Marcelo sliced an effort wide of the right post with his weaker foot from inside the box on the left.

But parity was restored eight minutes from time as Asensio guided his free-kick into the bottom-left corner of the net from 20 yards out to clinch a late share of the spoils.

Sunday's other scores:

Espanyol 0-1 Leganes

Eibar 0-1 Athletic Bilbao

Getafe 0-1 Sevilla

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