Real Madrid snatch late Real Valladolid win on World Cup comeback

Real Madrid left it late to seal a 2-0 La Liga win away at Real Valladolid on their first game back after the 2022 World Cup.

The visitors looked set to be held to a 0-0 draw at the Estadio Jose Zorrilla before a late twist handed them a key victory.

Javi Sanchez was penalised for handball inside the box, and Karim Benzema rolled home from the penalty spot, with Sergio Leon sent off following his angry protests, before Benzema slotted home a second.

Los Blancos created the better chances in the opening period, with Marco Asensio and Vinicius Junior both denied in the early stages, as Benzema fired over the top.

Valladolid posed a sporadic threat either side of the break, with Jordi Masip again producing a key stop from Benzema on 57 minutes, as Leon was denied at the opposite end.

Up next for Real Madrid is a midweek Copa del Rey trip to face fourth tier side CP Cacereno with Valladolid in action at Segunda Division side Alaves.

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Tags Karim Benzema Marco Asensio Sergio Leon Vinicius Junior

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  1. Remember when some of redactions own football rulebook prodigies who debated that Asensios handball just before the WC break (where he got a penalty against him for a ricochet that caught his arm) was a penalty?

    Well Id love to see the same gentleman employ some mind gymnastics and try to rationalize why Ceballos cross in 9th minute that caught Sanchez arm after a ricochet from his own foot didnt render a penalty? Its practically same situation. Here even worse, because arm was waaay out of “natural position”.

    Oh here is a bonus for you: he wasnt using the arm to break the fall, it was flailing wildly in the air.

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