Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Wonder Goal Saves the Day
The favorite Real Madrid hosted and drew Valencia 2-2 in a game in which they trailed twice and had to rely on a sensationally cheeky goal from Cristiano Ronaldo, which perfectly gave him his 50th strike of the season in all competitions.
The home team lacked the needed amount of focus off the ball, which is why the swift Valencia found it quite easy to score twice. The absence of the defensive hero from midweek at Bayern Munich, Pepe did not make things much easier as Raphael Varane (his replacement) was at total fault for the opening goal scored by Jeremy Mathieu.
The second goal was too easy as the ball was given to Daniel Parejo, who simply hit it first time into the bottom corner past Diego Lopez. The defense was nowhere to be found in this sequence.
Madrid were fatigued from their big win in Germany, but Valencia played after them on Thursday, which meant that they were less rested. Madrid underestimated their opponents, thus paying the ultimate price of dropping two extremely valuable points in the tight title race.
Now, they have to win at Real Valladolid on Wednesday, at Celta Vigo next Saturday and then defeat RCD Espanyol at home on May 17 to all but guarantee winning La Liga, while waiting to see who wins between Barcelona and Atletico on the next day.
With this draw, Real Madrid now sits third with 83 points while Barcelona remain in second with 85. Atletico Madrid top the bunch with 88. Atletico can guarantee the title with a win at home against Malaga next week then grab all the points at Barcelona on the final day. Real Madrid have a game in hand, which means that if they grab the maximum nine points from their remaining three matches with Atletico slipping at Barca, they can stay on course for a treble.
In order for Barca to win, Atletico and Real both need to lose at least once each.