First Division - Day 8

Real Madrid 1 - Valencia 2

Madrid: Casillas; Diogo, Iván Helguera, Sergio Ramos, Roberto Carlos; Beckham, Pablo García (Gravesen 77'), Guti, Zidane (Soldado 73'); Robinho, Raúl. 4-4-2.
Valencia: Cañizares; Caneira, Ayala, Marchena, Moretti (Carboni 79'); Albelda, Baraja; Angulo, Aimar (Hugo Viana 89'), Vicente (Fabio Aurelio 95'); David Villa. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Madrid: Diogo, Guti, Robinho for Michel Salgado, Baptista, Ronaldo / Valencia: Caneira, Marchena, Aimar, David Villa for Miguel, Fabio Aurelio, Di Vaio, Mista.

0-1. 21. Baraja. Curled free kick over defensive wall wide of Casillas.
1-1. 36. Raúl. Controlled long throw-in and beat Cañizares with shot on turn.
1-2. 39. David Villa (penalty). After Aimar's cross hit Sergio Ramos on elbow.

Valencia moved up to the Champions League spots with a 1-2 victory against leaders Real Madrid, their first win in the Bernabeu stadium in six years. Luxemburgo was missing the injured Ronaldo, Baptista and Salgado, the two Brazilians likely to out for a month or more, and Robinho was drafted back into the starting line up to partner Raúl up front. Villa returned for the visitors after a one match ban, and Aimar was also back after missing the last game through injury.

Madrid had the chance to take the lead early on when referee Daudén Ibáñez awarded them a penalty for a foul on Sergio Ramos by Moretti, but Zidane fired his kick against the post. And a few minutes later Baraja put the visitors in front with a well taken free kick which curled over the defensive wall past Casillas.

Beckham brought a good save out of Cañizares a few minutes later with another free kick, and soon afterwards Raúl got the equaliser after collecting a long through from Roberto Carlos and shooting wide of the keeper on the turn. But just three minutes later Valencia were ahead again with a David Villa penalty after Aimar´s cross hit Ramos on the arm in the area, another dubious decision by the referee.

Angulo thought he had got a third goal when he cut in to beat Casillas on the stroke of half time, but the strike was ruled out for a borderline offside. The keeper was in action again after the restart to keep out an Aimar free kick, and at the other end Robinho and Beckham both came close. Soon afterwards Villa almost increased Valencia's lead when he rounded Casillas only for Sergio Ramos to clear the ball off the line with a desperate lunge.

Up to that point Daudén had let Albelda and Guti off second yellow cards, but he produced a straight red when Gravesen chopped down Vicente with a late tackle. And with three minutes to go Madrid were left with nine men when Beckham was also sent off for insulting the referee. The whistle went a few minutes later and Quique Flores's side had put an end to Madrid's run of four wins in a row, the three points taking them level with their opponents in the table.