NPL Sports, 28th Jan : Cristiano Ronaldo scored two first half penalties for Real Madrid as they beat third-place Valencia at the Mestalla.
Ronaldo sent keeper Neto the wrong way for the first spot kick after he was fouled when put through on goal by Karim Benzema.
Benzema was then bundled over in the box after jumping for a header with Valencia’s Martin Montoya, before Ronaldo doubled his and Madrid’s tally. Santi Mina pulled one back for the hosts in the second half and looked like they could get something out of the game.
But Marcelo made sure of the points for Real when he combined with Marco Asensio down the left to slide a shot past Neto for the third. Toni Kroos then added the icing on the cake after a great backheel assist from Mateo Kovacic to wrap up all three points.