After losing to rivals Getafe, Real Madrid had to make things right against Valencia in the second match of 2022.
With Eden Hazard on the bench, it took a long time before de Koninklicki was able to score for the first time. Mokhtar Diakhaby fouled Casemiro in the penalty area before the end of the first half. Karim Benzema perfectly converted the penalty to the upper left corner.
For the Real Madrid captain, this is the 300th goal in the Real Madrid shirt. He is the fourth player to reach this amazing feat. Only Cristiano Ronaldo (450), Raul (323) and Alfredo Di Stefano (308) did it for him.
After the break, Real approached Valencia goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen more often. Vinicius Junior showed with two goals that he is in great shape. The game is over after just over an hour.
However, Valencia continued to come in search of a saver of honor. Fifteen minutes before the end, Marco Andre provided a penalty kick that was converted twice by Gonzalo Guedes. Courtois stopped 11 metres, but saw the ball go into the rebound.
He was still tense at the Bernabeu, but with his 301st goal for Real Benzema decided the match. The Frenchman has already scored 15 goals in the league this season, becoming La Liga’s top scorer. In the standings, Real put their chasers first, Sevilla, with eight points.
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