Real Madrid remains in the second position but closes the gap, only three points behind Atlético Madrid after beating Real Valladolid 1-0 at José Zorrilla Stadium.
The first half of the matchday remains Nil for both the team, but in 65 minutes Casemiro’s successful header came with the victory against Valladolid.
Real was lacking several key players on that day Mariano Díaz was in a replacement of Karim Benzema also their eight more players were struggling with injury.
Also, Real Madrid was facing a lack of confidence in the first half because of the team conditions also two goals were skipped which was beautifully placed by Mariano but both smart finished after running off the last man and were correctly ruled out for offside after quick VAR checks.
“You have to always be in the right area to have a shot and I had three chances and scored with the third. But credit should go to Toni, he always delivers good crosses and he practically put them in my hand,” said match-winner Casemiro after the match.
“The win was down to the whole team,”
“We know we’re all important. Courtois is an outstanding keeper but it’s not right to just talk about one player,” added Casemiro
Real coach Zinedine Zidane told in a press conference: “I’m delighted for the players, we came here with a lot of setbacks. Many factors combined against us in a difficult game and with all the players we were missing we had to really fight to win.”
After the Valladolid victory, Real Madrid remains second in the League table but moved on to 52 points after 24 games, where Atletico is leading the standings on 55 with a game in hand. Barcelona, who drew at home to Cadiz today, is third with 47 points.