Marco Asensio scores brace but Real Madrid draw vs. Valencia
Real Madrid 2 - 2 Valencia

Marco Asensio scores brace but Real Madrid draw vs. Valencia

28/08/2017

Marco Asensio prevented Real Madrid's belated title party from falling flat with a late equaliser to rescue a point against Valencia at the Bernabeu.

Real were presented with the La Liga trophy before kick off after claiming their 33rd title away to Malaga on the final day of last season.

Asensio's early strike meant the celebratory atmosphere continued until goals from Carlos Soler and Geoffrey Kondogbia threatened to cause an upset.

But Asensio's superb free kick meant some wayward finishing from teammate Karim Benzema was not fully punished.

Real felt they should have been awarded a penalty with just minutes on the clock as Ruben Vezo's attempt to control the ball with his left knee saw it bounce up onto his right hand, but the referee waved play on.

However, the home fans were soon celebrating the opening goal as Moreno Rodrigo gave away possession in his own half and Asensio picked up the loose ball before advancing on goal and curling a left-footed shot into the bottom corner.

Asensio almost turned provider on 17 minutes with a teasing cross into the area which was inches too high for Benzema to reach, but moments later Valencia were level.

Jose Luis Gaya and Toni Lato combined superbly down the left to allow Lato to fire in a dangerous cross which found Soler unmarked in front of goal with the simple task of diverting the ball into the net.

That took the wind out of Real's sails and it took until the 32nd minute for them to threaten again, Marcelo trying his luck from the corner of the area with a left-foot volley which was always rising too much to find the target.

But Zinedine Zidane's side could have been out of sight before the interval if not for Benzema missing a series of good chances, the first of which came courtesy of a quick counter-attack and saw the Frenchman's shot saved by the feet of goalkeeper Murara Neto.

From the following corner Benzema's header glanced off the outside of the post and minutes later he somehow fired over from five yards out from Gareth Bale's left-wing cross.

Benzema then headed a cross from Toni Kroos wide as the sides headed into the half-time interval on level terms, a state of affairs which saw Mateo Kovacic replace Isco in midfield for the second period.

Both sides had chances to go in front before Kondogbia looked to have produced the decisive strike, the midfielder side-footing home from Rodrigo's pull-back to the edge of the area.

But with Bale substituted and Cristiano Ronaldo absent, Asensio took it upon himself to perform the free-kick heroics on 82 minutes as he curled in the equaliser from just outside the box after Rodrigo had fouled Mateo Kovacic.

There was still time for Benzema to miss another glorious chance from 10 yards after Asensio's initial effort had been saved, before Neto tipped the Frenchman's last-gasp header onto the post.

Related news

Real Madrid hire Spain's Julen Lopetegui to take over as coach after World Cup

Real Madrid hire Spain's Julen Lopetegui to take over as coach after World Cup

Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday, just two days before the tournament begins in Russia.

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid after third Champions League title

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid after third Champions League title

Zinedine Zidane has shocked the football world by resigning as Real Madrid coach just days after winning a third consecutive Champions League with the La Liga giants.

Barcelona beat Real Sociedad in Andres Iniesta's final game with club

Barcelona beat Real Sociedad in Andres Iniesta's final game with club

Andres Iniesta's final Barcelona appearance ended in victory on an emotional evening at the Nou Camp.

Fernando Torres scores fairy-tale double in Atletico Madrid farewell

Fernando Torres scores fairy-tale double in Atletico Madrid farewell

Fernando Torres scored twice on his final appearance for 10-man Atletico Madrid in Sunday's 2-2 draw against Eibar.

Luca Zidane starts as Real Madrid blow two-goal lead in Villarreal draw

Luca Zidane starts as Real Madrid blow two-goal lead in Villarreal draw

Real Madrid blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Villarreal in their final La Liga match ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Barcelona's quest to finish La Liga season unbeaten ends in surprise loss

Barcelona's quest to finish La Liga season unbeaten ends in surprise loss

Barcelona's quest for an unbeaten La Liga season came to a shocking end with a 5-4 defeat away to Levante on Sunday.

Gareth Bale stays hot with brace as Real Madrid cruise

Gareth Bale stays hot with brace as Real Madrid cruise

Gareth Bale scored twice to lead Real Madrid to a 6-0 rout over Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid beat Getafe with Koke goal to cement second place

Atletico Madrid beat Getafe with Koke goal to cement second place

Atletico Madrid warmed up for the Europa League final by taking a big step towards securing second spot in LaLiga with a 1-0 success at Getafe.

Sevilla ease past Real Madrid with goals from Ben Yedder, Layun

Sevilla ease past Real Madrid with goals from Ben Yedder, Layun

Sevilla remain in the hunt for a Europa League spot as Joaquin Caparros secured his first win since taking temporary charge with a 3-2 win over Real Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.

RELATED NEWS

Real Madrid hire Spain's Julen Lopetegui to take over as coach after World Cup
Real Madrid news

Real Madrid hire Spain's Julen Lopetegui to take over as coach after World Cup

Spain national team coach Julen Lopetegui will take over as Real Madrid manager after the World Cup, the Spanish club announced on Tuesday, just two days before the tournament begins in Russia.

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid after third Champions League title
Real Madrid news

Zinedine Zidane leaves Real Madrid after third Champions League title

Zinedine Zidane has shocked the football world by resigning as Real Madrid coach just days after winning a third consecutive Champions League with the La Liga giants.

Barcelona beat Real Sociedad in Andres Iniesta's final game with club
Barcelona 1 - 0 Real Sociedad

Barcelona beat Real Sociedad in Andres Iniesta's final game with club

Andres Iniesta's final Barcelona appearance ended in victory on an emotional evening at the Nou Camp.

Fernando Torres scores fairy-tale double in Atletico Madrid farewell
Atletico Madrid 2-2 Eibar

Fernando Torres scores fairy-tale double in Atletico Madrid farewell

Fernando Torres scored twice on his final appearance for 10-man Atletico Madrid in Sunday's 2-2 draw against Eibar.

Luca Zidane starts as Real Madrid blow two-goal lead in Villarreal draw
Villarreal 2 - 2 Real Madrid

Luca Zidane starts as Real Madrid blow two-goal lead in Villarreal draw

Real Madrid blew a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Villarreal in their final La Liga match ahead of the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Barcelona's quest to finish La Liga season unbeaten ends in surprise loss
Levante 5 - 4 Barcelona

Barcelona's quest to finish La Liga season unbeaten ends in surprise loss

Barcelona's quest for an unbeaten La Liga season came to a shocking end with a 5-4 defeat away to Levante on Sunday.

Gareth Bale stays hot with brace as Real Madrid cruise
Real Madrid 6 - 0 Celta Vigo

Gareth Bale stays hot with brace as Real Madrid cruise

Gareth Bale scored twice to lead Real Madrid to a 6-0 rout over Celta Vigo in La Liga on Saturday.

Atletico Madrid beat Getafe with Koke goal to cement second place
Getafe 0 - 1 Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid beat Getafe with Koke goal to cement second place

Atletico Madrid warmed up for the Europa League final by taking a big step towards securing second spot in LaLiga with a 1-0 success at Getafe.

Sevilla ease past Real Madrid with goals from Ben Yedder, Layun
Sevilla 3 - 2 Real Madrid

Sevilla ease past Real Madrid with goals from Ben Yedder, Layun

Sevilla remain in the hunt for a Europa League spot as Joaquin Caparros secured his first win since taking temporary charge with a 3-2 win over Real Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.

DERBY OF THE WEEK
-
Derby of the week
20:45
10/08/2018
Derby of the week
W -    
   W -
The odds are correct at the time of publishing
- and are subject to change
Football Live Scores
Tennis Live Scores