Marco Asensio rescues a point for Real Madrid at home to Valencia

Santiago Bernabeu, La Liga - Real Madrid 2 (Asensio 10' 83') Valencia 2 (Soler 18' Kondogbia 77')

Marco Asensio came to Real Madrid’s rescue, scoring twice to salvage a point for the champions against Marcelino’s rejuvenated Valencia side.
The visitors to the Santiago Bernabeu put up a strong fight at the home of the champions, who collected the Liga trophy before kick off. Asensio netted a stunning opener after just 10 minutes, but goals from Carlos Soler and Geoffrey Kondogbia saw Valencia take a surprise lead.
Gareth Bale and Isco were withdrawn by Zinedine Zidane after failing to make any real impression on the game, with Karim Benzema spurning any opportunity that came his way. Ultimately, Asensio had to step up to the plate again to get Real Madrid back on level terms, firing a freekick home from the edge of the box.
After a strong start to the 2017/18 season, this was a reminder that opposition sides can get close to this Real Madrid side, even if Zidane’s outfit badly missed the absent Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane at the back.

TALKING POINT - Will Valencia be a force once again this season?

Marcelino only took charge at Valencia over the summer, but the former Villarreal boss is already making a real impression at a club that has struggled badly in recent years. This was a demonstration of the exciting, dynamic team Marcelino is moulding at Valencia, with new signing Geoffrey Kondogbia providing the kind of composure they needed in the centre of the pitch. He could be a game-changing addition. Valencia could be a force one again this season.

MAN OF THE MATCH - Marco Asensio (Real Madrid)

With Cristiano Ronaldo out suspended and Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema both misfiring, it was up to Asensio to rescue Real Madrid. The 21-year-old is fast becoming the main man at the Santiago Bernabeu, scoring a stunning opener for the capital club before netting late on to spare their blushes. Asensio has the knack of turning up when it matters most. Real Madrid have him to thank for avoiding defeat this evening.

PLAYER RATINGS

Real Madrid - Navas 7, Carvajal 7, Casemiro 4, Nacho 5, Marcelo 7, Kroos 6, Modric 5, Isco 5, Asensio 8, Bale 5, Benzema 4. Subs - Kovacic 6, Vazquez 5, Mayoral 5.
Valencia - Neto 8, Montoya 6, Vezo 7, Murillo 6, Lato 6, Soler 7, Parejo 6, Kondogbia 8, Gaya 7, Zaza 6, Rodrigo 7. Subs - Mina 5, Nacho 5, Vidal 5.

KEY MOMENTS

10’ GOAL! Real Madrid 1-0 Valencia: What a start for Real Madrid and it's another stunning strike from Asensio! Similar to his goal against Barcelona two weeks ago, he finds the corner of the net with a left footed strike.
17’ GOAL! Real Madrid 1-1 Valencia: The visitors have scored an equaliser against the run of play! Gaya gets in behind down the left side and squares for Soler in the centre, who finishes with a composed finish. We're level.
66’ BALE SHOULD SCORE! Well, that's quite the miss from the Welsh winger. Bale climbed high above Gaya to meet a cross into the box, but he doesn't make the desired connection and heads wide.
72’ GREAT CHANCE FOR ZAZA! Neither Nacho nor Casemiro were anywhere near Zaza as he got on the end of a cross into the area, but the Italian heads well over the bar. Should have done better.
74’ WHAT A STRIKE, WHAT A SAVE! Wow! That looked to be net bound for Valencia. Parejo thumped a freekick towards goal, but Navas pulls off a magnificent diving save to keep it out.
76’ GOAL! Real Madrid 1-2 Valencia: Valencia have taken the lead! The ball was played into the box from the left side, played back to new signing Kondogbia who finds the back of the net with a controlled finish.
83’ GOAL! Real Madrid 2-2 Valencia: He's done it again! There's no Ronaldo and no Bale and so Asensio steps up to the freekick and curls a strike around the Valencia wall and into the back of the net.
89’ HOW DID HE MISS?! Asensio's shot is blocked, with the ball falling perfectly to Benzema about 16 yards out, but he somehow sticks it wide of the near post. How did he manage that?
92’ OFF THE POST! It just isn't happening for Benzema tonight. The Frenchman climbs highest to send a header towards goal, but Neto pulls off a sensational save to keep him out, pushing the ball on to the post.

KEY STATS

Marco Asensio has scored more goals from outside the box (two) than any other La Liga player this season.
Real Madrid became the first team in Europe’s top five leagues to score in 70 consecutive games in all competitions.
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