Valencia CF draw with Real Madrid in a highly competitive game (2-2) August, 27 2017 - Carlos Soler and Kondogbia got the goals on a night full of positives for VCF Valencia CF drew at the Santiago Bernabéu against Real Madrid in a highly competitive and action-packed match, a 2-2 draw which saw an ambitious, battling and well-organised Blanquinegro side fight to the very end, in search of the three points which they almost got. With Neto between the sticks for the Blanquinegros, it was Murillo’s first opportunity to pull on the Senyera colours, and what a game to make his VCF debut in. The Colombian international lined up in the heart of defence alongside Vezo, with Lato at left-back and Montoya back from injury at right-back. Marcelino went with a four-man midfield of Carlos Soler, Parejo, another debutant, Kondogbia, and Gayà, with Rodrigo and Zaza up front. Early on, with both sides trying to settle into the game, Marco Asensio picked up a loose ball and slotted it into the bottom corner, leaving the VCF ‘keeper with little chance of making a save. It was a harsh start to the game for the Blanquinegros, who had begun positively. However, the team weren’t about to drop their heads; VCF were looking to get straight back into the game. On the 18th minute Kondogbia played a lovely ball across to Gayà, who slipped the ball forward to Lato; the left-back cut in and laid it on a plate for Carlos Soler who guided it into the bottom corner. The Blanquinegro number 18 scored on the 18th minute to put the cherry on top of a goal that was made at the VCF Academy. With the wind in their sails, VCF were pressing all over the pitch, competing hard and making it hard for the home side to find time and space to create opportunities. The full-backs were being helped out by Carlos Soler and Gayà, ensuring that one on one situations were few and far between, and Kondogbia and Parejo were working extremely hard in the middle of the park to make sure that all loose balls were contested and the defence was well-protected. In the final minutes of the first half Zidane’s side gave it a last push to try to take the lead again, but the VCF defence held firm, with Neto aiding them whenever necessary, meaning the teams went in at the break drawing 1-1. In the second half it was clear that both teams were going for the win, and the game kept on flowing back and forth from end to end. Gayà was giving the opposition plenty to think about down the left wing, while Parejo and Kondogbia were looking to break forward at any opportunity. The French midfielder appeared at the back post and got on the end of a cross but he headed the ball into the turf and a stranded Navas watched it fly over the bar. The action kept on coming, with both defences becoming increasingly stretched. Neto made an excellent diving save to prevent Modric scoring from distance, while at the other Zaza was unfortunate to not get better contact on his header from a beautiful Carlos Soler cross. On the 72nd minute Dani Parejo came close to putting VCF into the lead with an exquisite free kick that Navas just tipped over the bar. The Blanquinegros could sense the goal was coming and pushed forward, looking to make their momentum in the game count. And soon it arrived, once again it began with great work from Gayà down the left, who linked with Rodrigo. The striker pulled the ball back towards the penalty spot, and Geoffrey Kondogbia arrived right on time to stroke the ball into the back of the net. A great team move and a lovely finish from the debutant. But Real Madrid managed to find the equaliser through their talented young player Marco Asensio. The final minutes saw chances for both sides, but perhaps a draw was the fair result. It was a very good performance from an ambitious Valencia CF, who will take many positives from the game, knowing that they can compete at the highest level. Match Details: 2. Real Madrid: Keylor Navas, Carvajal, Nacho, Casemiro, Marcelo, Kroos (Borja Mayoral, m. 84), Modric, Isco (Kovacic, m. 46), Bale (Lucas Vázquez, m. 74), Benzema and Asensio. 2. Valencia CF: Neto, Montoya (Nacho Vidal, m. 75), Vezo, Murillo, Lato (Nacho Gil, m. 83), Carlos Soler, Parejo, Kondogbia, Gayá, Rodrigo (Santi Mina, m. 87) and Zaza. Goals: 1-0. M. 10: Asensio. 1-1. M. 18: Carlos Soler. 1-2. M. 77: Kondogbia. 2-2. M. 83: Asensio. Referee: Fernández Borbalán booked Nacho and Casemiro for Real Madrid, and Montoya, Parejo, Rodrigo, Carlos Soler and Zaza for Valencia CF. Observations: LaLiga Matchday 2 in the 2017-18 season. Played at the Santiago Bernabéu on Sunday night (10:15pm) 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.