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Valencia vs Real Madrid summary: score, goals, highlights, LaLiga

Valencia's players celebrate the opening goal scored by Spanish forward Diego Lopez during the Spanish league football match between Valencia CF and Real Madrid CF at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia on May 21, 2023. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN / AFP)

Valencia vs Real Madrid: LaLiga live online

A furious Carlo Ancelotti reacts to Vinícius incident during Real Madrid defeat

A furious Carlo Ancelotti spoke after Real Madrid’s 1-0 defeat to Valencia on Sunday about what happened with Vinícius at Mestalla.

The Italian refused to talk about football with Movistar, saying that LaLiga has a problem with racism.
Vinícius identifies and confronts fan at Mestalla during Real Madrid’s defeat to Valencia

Vinícius was once again involved in an unpleasant incident in LaLiga on Sunday. The Brazilian claimed to have been insulted by a fan behind the goal at Mestalla when the match between Valencia and Real Madrid was stopped due to having two balls on the pitch.

Real Madrid are third after today's results.


Valencia, with this crucial win, move up to 13th with 40 points. 


A sweet, hard-fought victory for Baraja's boys.

Valencia 1-0 Real Madrid

It's a huge result for Los Che!

The win moves Valencia onto 40 points and that should be enough to keep them in the top flight for another season.

And there is it is!


This is a mad game... and no sign of the full-time whistle.

Valencia desperately hanging on...

We're still going!

Kroos sends his free over the bar!

Real Madrid have a free...

Mamardashvili comes off his line to deny Benzema. Another big stop!

Real Madrid look for a way through...

We're well over the 10 minutes...

Because of that red card, Vinícius will miss the next game against Rayo Vallecano.

Kroos crosses to the back post. Carvajal heads over!

Real Madrid are down to 10 men after Vinícius raises his hand to push Hugo Duro. Valencia lead 1-0.

Vinícius has been SENT OFF!

Vinícius raises his hand and pushes Hugo Duro in the face.

It's all kicked off between both sets of players. Someone said something and there was a lot of pushing and shoving.

Mamardashvili comes up trumps again with a fine stop. He is a key player for Los Che.

Mamardashvili saves!

He keeps Valverde out. Brilliant stop!

There will be TEN minutes added on!

US international Yunus Musah is about to come on for Los Che.

There are two minutes of normal time remaining. Can Valencia hold on?

Madrid changes

Kluivert has the ball in the net but it's offside.

Nico sends Kluivert through. The latter shoots but it flies just over Courtois' bar. A second now could put this one to bed. Valencia hold onto their narrow lead.

Mamardashvili comes out to claim Rodrygo's cross from the right.

Kroos sends it in again. It's headed away!

And the action has resumed. Kroos takes a free but it's cleared out for a corner.

Play is still stopped. We have no confirmation of what has happened but something was said. Ancelotti is now speaking to the referee. Vinícius has been the victim of racial abuse on too many occasions. It's not good enough.

Some ugly scenes here! Vinícius has pointed out a fan who has allegedly said something to him. Play has been stopped for a couple of minutes. Vini Jr is absolutely furious.

That's Rodrygo's second big chance since coming on but he hasn't been able to make the chances count. 

He has more goals in the Champions League (15) than in LaLiga (13).


It's a super hit but goes just over the bar and Mestalla can breathe again.

Madrid subs

The old guard comes on.

Real Madrid are about to make a double change.

Lino breaks downs the left but he's wasteful with the final ball and Madrid have it back.

Vinícius goes on one of his mazy runs. Comert comes across and defends superbly to send Vini Jr away from goal. Valencia lead 1-0 just past the hour-mark.

Valencia changes


His low left-footed shot is saved by Mamardashvili. It was going wide but the young shot-stopper was not taking any risks.

Valencia have been so quick to recover the ball. A second goal would really send the place wild.

Today is only Guerra's seventh game for Valencia. He grew up supporting the club.

Guerra crosses it into the box. Madrid win it back and then Valencia win it back. Their high pressure has been impressive. It's been a lively start to the second half and remains 1-0 to the home side. Javi Guerra has been everywhere, too.

Benzema overhits the pass as Rodrygo makes a run in behind. It has not been a good week for the Frenchman, but you can never write him off.

Madrid change

Rodrygo is on as Madrid chase that equaliser.

Valencia lead thanks to a first-half strike from Diego López.

We're off for the second half!

Valencia lead!

Diego López's goal has them ahead!

Only for Courtois, Valencia would be 2-0 up, but Baraja will be delighted with his side's first-half showing.

The half-time whistle goes!

Valencia lead at the break!


What a save to deny Javi Guerra!

Asensio shoots from distance. It's well wide.

As it stands, Valencia have 40 points and sit in 13th place. There is, of course, a long way to go.

Thierry steals it off Vinícius again. He's done quite well against the Brazilian forward. 1-0

Real Madrid's week goes from bad to worse. Their season is almost over and Ancelotti's team talk today would've been tougher than most.

The home supporters know just how important a win is today.

Mestalla is absolutely bouncing after Diego López's opener.

Kluivert crosses to the back post, where Diego López is and the local teenager scores from close range.


VALENCIA take the lead!!!

Madrid have a free just on the left-hand side of the box.

It's laid off to Benzema, whose low effort is straight at Mamardashvili.

Today is also the 100th birthday party of Mestalla - a legendary stadium in Spain. If you haven't been, I absolutely recommend going.

Today's game is Baraja's first as a coach against Real Madrid. A win would be huge for Los Che, who have been in the dropzone this season.

Lucas gets down the right but Valencia do well to deal with it. Thierry heads it back to Mamardashvili between the sticks.

Diego López does really well to take it off Vinícius. He's not afraid to get back and help his defence. 

On the other flank, Gaya has been offering width and is constantly looking to get forward.

After Valencia, Madrid have Rayo Vallecano, Sevilla and Athletic Club to come.

It remains 0-0 after 20 minutes at Mestalla. The stadium is rocking but the deadlock has not been broken.


He shoots from 20 yards out but it's straight at Courtois.

Kluivert goes on a darting run but Tchouameni does well to take it off the Dutchman, who is Valencia's top scorer in La Liga this season.

Tchouameni heads the Valencia corner over the bar. Baraja will be pleased with how his side have started this one. 

The ball is sent back into the Madrid box but it's just too high for Cenk.

Valencia have lost their last four games against Real Madrid.

Valencia have only lost one game in their last five games, picking up three wins and a draw. They currently sit in 16th place with 37 points.

Benzema picks Vinícius out on the left but Thierry blocks the latter's cross on the byline. 0-0

Ancelotti has made six changes to the side that lost to City in Manchester. Asensio starts in attack today with Benzema and Vinícius.

Can Madrid react today after that 4-0 thrashing at the Etihad in midweek?

Espanyol beat Rayo earlier, putting some extra pressure on Valencia today.

Gaya sends in an excellent cross from the left but there's just too much on it and it goes out.

Valencia have started positively and need to pick up points today as they bid to stay up.

Kluivert is clipped by Lucas but the play is waved on.

We're underway in Valencia!

Here come the teams!

The atmosphere inside Mestalla is electric!

A win for Valencia today will see them move onto the magic 40 points tally. It would be a huge step towards safety.

Real Madrid's last four LaLiga games come against Valencia, Rayo Vallecano, Sevilla and Athletic. They are now aiming to finish the season in second after Barcelona wrapped up the title.

Valencia are missing first-choice centre-backs (Paulista and Diakhaby) through suspension and will rely on Comert and Cenk. After the successful return of Kluivert after a month out injured, the player from the Netherlands will return and Cavani, after suspension, has his place up front.

Warm-ups underway

Both sides are warming up ahead of kick-off at Mestalla.

Real Madrid XI

Ancelotti has made six changes to the side that lost to Manchester City in midweek.


Valencia: Jaume, Mosquera, Guillamón, Foulquier, Jesús Vázquez, Lato, Alberto Marí, Musah, Fran Pérez, Samuel Lino, Castillejo, Hugo Duro.

Real Madrid: Lunin, Luis López, Nacho, Alaba, Vallejo, Carvajal, Odriozola, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Rodrygo.

Valencia XI

Mamardashvili; Thierry, Cömert, Cenk, Gayà; Javier Guerra, Nico, Almeida; Diego López, Cavani, Kluivert.

Head coach Rubén Baraja has made four changes: two of them in the centre-back pairing, due to the suspension of Gabriel and Diakhaby. He has opted for Cömert and Cenk. Thierry returns at right-back and up front, Cavani leads the line.

Madrid are in town

What's the mood going to be like in their camp these days after that 4-0 thumping at the Etihad?

Mestalla is ready

Kick-off is fast approaching in Valencia.

Kluivert key

Valencia have only lost one game in their last five games, picking up three wins and a draw. They currently sit in 16th place with 37 points.

Dutch forward Justin Kluivert, who had missed the previous five games, returned to the side for their crucial win over Celta Vigo, and he scored the opening goal. In doing so, he became Valencia's top scorer in LaLiga this season.

Real Madrid turn attention to LaLiga

Real Madrid travel to Mestalla with the aim of bouncing back from their 4-0 thrashing at the Etihad against Manchester City. 

After winning the Copa del Rey, along with the European Super Cup and Club World Cup, they will be now focusing on finishing second in the league.

Valencia XI

Baraja has named the following side versus Real Madrid.

We are ready, with everyone available. We have a chance to do well. We want to finish the season well, playing well in these final four games. Valencia will put all their energy into it, but we'll be ready. Of course, we're not satisfied with how the league has gone, but we've fought to the end in the other competitions.

Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid manager

I expect Madrid to be the same as always, a competitive side. Apart from the fact that they didn't play well the other day, because City were better in terms of the result and so on, we know what Madrid are all about and they play to win on every pitch. I also expect us to work well and look for our chances.

Rubén Baraja, Valencia manager

Valencia vs Real Madrid

This is one of the biggest fixtures in Spanish football. 

It's one that Spanish football fans will look out for every season. This season has been an absolute struggle for Valencia, who will be hoping former midfielder Rubén Baraja - currently in charge of the club - can keep them up.

It doesn't get much bigger than Real Madrid at home!
Carlo Ancelotti press conference before the LaLiga Santander game vs Valencia

Find out what Carlo Ancelotti had to say before today's game.


What a setting for today's clash!

Real Madrid XI

Here is your Real Madrid XI!

Madrid travel to Mestalla

Barcelona are league champions and Manchester City knocked Real Madrid out of the Champions League with an exhibition of the highest quality in midweek, so today could be a tricky one for Carlo Ancelotti to motivate his players.

 Valencia are still not safe and will be hoping to make a bad week worse for Los Blancos.

Valencia vs Real Madrid: hello and welcome!

Good afternoon and welcome to AS USA's live coverage of this LaLiga match between Valencia and Real Madrid at the wonderful Mestalla.

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