Valencia CF unfortunate to lose against Real Madrid (2-1) April, 29 2017 - Parejo scored a delightful free kick but Marcelo scored late winner A late winner from Marcelo snatched a deserved draw away from Voro’s battling Valencia CF after Dani Parejo had hit a beautiful dipping free kick into the top left corner. Valencia CF came out flying at the Santiago Bernabéu, showing no fear and a lot of ambition. Real Madrid were already against the ropes in the first minute as Santi Mina’s first shot was blocked by Keylor Navas and his second shot from the rebound rattled the outside of the post. Voro’s players were well organised and had a clear plan, making it difficult for the home side to find space. The Madrid midfielders were being strangled and Ronaldo and Benzema were feeding off scraps. The Blanquinegros created another good chance but Orellana dragged his shot to the right. However, on the 27th minute Carvajal sent in a cross from the right and Ronaldo finished with a header past Alves. It was perhaps an undeserved lead, as Valencia CF had been the better team until that point, but with the quantity of attacking talent at Zidane’s disposal, his team are used to scoring goals without needing to create too many chances. Despite the goal, Valencia CF remained defensively sound and competitive in midfield. Right at the end of the half, Munir tried to catch Keylor Navas off guard with a curling effort, but his shot sailed just wide. It was the Blanquinegro’s third good chance of the half, but fortune hadn’t shone on Voro’s men so far. The first half drew to a close with Real Madrid one goal up, but Valencia CF were putting in a good display, working hard for each other, creating chances, and limiting the opposition’s attacking options. The second half kicked off in much the same vein, with a very solid Valencia CF making life difficult for their hosts. However, this season the refereeing decisions are having the same effect on Valencia CF; every time an opposition player trips up or sneezes in the Blanquinegro box, a penalty seems to be awarded. On the 55th minute Modric went to ground after minimal contact from Parejo, but that was enough for Manzano Gil, who pointed to the spot. The Valencia CF players couldn’t believe what they were seeing but they should be used to it by now. It was the 13th penalty to be awarded against VCF this season, but at least Valencia CF have Diego Alves, the best penalty stopper in LaLiga history. He waited until the last second before diving to his left and saving Ronaldo’s penalty, the third Ronaldo penalty that he’s saved. The Brazilian is simply brilliant when it comes to stopping spot-kicks. The Diego Alves save spurred Valencia CF on, and Voro brought on Rodrigo to increase the danger up front; the striker almost scored just after he’d come on but his header went agonisingly wide. It would have been just reward for a player who has made a huge effort to get back to fitness after breaking his ankle at the start of the year. Valencia CF were threatening and the home crowd began to get nervous; they could tell what was coming. On the 82nd minute Gil Manzano should have given Casemiro a second yellow for a foul just outside the box, but of course he didn’t. However, Parejo took full advantage and curled a pearler of a free kick into the top left corner. It was a great goal and nothing less than VCF deserved. Unfortunately, the Blanquinegro fans weren’t able to celebrate for long as Madrid went up the other end and Marcelo scored the winner. Madrid had done so little in the second half that it seemed harsh on Voro’s Valencia CF side, who deserved to take something from the game. Match details: 2. Real Madrid: Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric (Lucas Vázquez, m. 93), James (Marcos Asensio, m. 63), Cristiano Ronaldo and Benzema (Morata, m. 72). 1. Valencia CF: Diego Alves, Montoya, Garay, Mangala, Lato (Garay, m. 85), Parejo, Carlos Soler, Orellana (Bakkali, m. 88), Munir, Nani (Rodrigo, m. 69) and Santi Mina. Goals: 1-0. M. 27: Cristiano Ronaldo. 1-1. M. 82; Parejo. 2-1. M. 85: Marcelo. Referee: Gil Manzano (comité extremeño). Yellow cards for Casemiro, Morata and Modric for Real Madrid, and Lato, Parejo, Garay and Mangala for Valencia CF. Observations: Matchday 35 of LaLiga Santander, played on Saturday at 4.15pm at the Santiago Bernabéu, with Valencia CF fans in the stands Copyright 2013-2017 Valencia Club De Fútbol. Quoting text from this article is permitted provided that en.valenciacf.com is credited as source, with a clickable link. Photographs by Lázaro de la Peña, re-use is not permitted.