Valencia proved too strong for Real Madrid on Wednesday evening at Mestalla, beating the visitors 2-1.
This game proved to be one of those possession versus counter attack matches as Madrid dominated the ball, hauling 68% of the ball throughout the 90 minutes.
That mattered not though as the likes of Goncalo Guedes made life difficult for Los Blancos at the back and it was the Portuguese winger who broke the deadlock on the half hour mark.
Just a minute later and it could and probably should have been 2-0 but Carles Soler was unable to beat Keylor Navas at his near post.
Chances, although they did come – were few and far between from then on in and it was not until the 83rd minute that Valencia had a 2-0 advantage.
Dani Parejo, arguably the home side’s best player this term, crossed in for Ezequiel Garay to send the Mestalla into raptures.
Karim Benzema did strike late on for the away side but the hosts held on for a well deserved three points and they may prove vital as Marcelino’s side look to grab the fourth place Champions League spot off Getafe.
Madrid continue to sit third and have now dropped further behind rivals Atletico Madrid in second, whilst they sit 13 points off league leaders Barcelona.