Real Madrid vs Valencia Returned after 330 days and scored after 30 seconds
Marco Asensio came on as a second-half substitute for Real Madrid against Valencia, playing in his first match in 330 days and after almost 11 months on the sidelines, and he capped it off with a historic moment by scoring a goal 30 seconds after coming on.
It was some goal at that: a perfect volley from a Ferland Mendy cross to leave Jasper Cillessen powerless in the Valencia goal.
Asensio is back and he’s ready to help Real Madrid fight for the LaLiga Santander title.
Zinedine Zidane had a chat with Asensio before he came on, and the Spaniard didn’t take long to show his coach what he can do.
What an incredible return for Asensio – the stuff of dreams.
Given the hard work he put in to simply get back out on the pitch, the 24-year-old deserved a moment like this.
The connection between Eden Hazard and Karim Benzema, aided by Luka Modric, helped Real Madrid take the lead.
The Belgian did a one-two with the Croatian before playing the ball to Benzema, who clinically finished past Cillessen.
Zidane has opted to get the Hazard–Benzema partnership working in these first couple of games, with Los Blancos‘ attacking play going through them both.
Benzema scored the goal of the night for Real Madrid‘s third, controlling on his right foot, lifting the ball over the defender and firing a left-footed shot into the top left corner.
The Valencia players will watch the highlights of Thursday night’s game and pull their hair out.
The goal that was ruled out, Rodrigo Moreno hitting the post, Geoffrey Kondogbia‘s shot, Ferran Torres‘ poor finish… All of them with the score at 0-0.
Valencia have picked up one point out of six since LaLiga Santander returned, and the fight for Europe is going to be difficult for them.
Thibaut Courtois again made the saves that are necessary for a Real Madrid goalkeeper, the ones to keep the score at 0-0 and to prevent the opposition from taking the lead.
Against Valencia there were two chances that come to mind – one from Rodrigo, when he was one-on-one, and then a left-footed ferocious effort from Kondogbia.
He will be glad to have made these saves after making an error for Eibar‘s goal last Sunday.
Hugo Guillamon played well at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in what was his second appearance for Valencia.
At just 20 years of age, the centre-back did an impressive job up against the likes of Hazard and Benzema.
It’s worth noting that Guillamon‘s contract comes to an end on June 30…