Real Madrid moved up to second place in the league on Sunday with a 2-0 home win over Valencia

Karim Benzema, captain of the day, put Madrid in the lead after 12 minutes before Toni Kroos doubled the lead just before half-time in Valdebebas Ferland Mendy thought he had made it 3-0 just after the hour, but after an offside was excluded from a VAR review

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The victory for Zinedine Zidane’s men was enough to overtake Barcelona, ​​which Alaves beat 5-1 on Saturday Madrid gained some momentum ahead of the Champions League clash against Atalanta at the end of the month. League leaders Atletico Madrid are five points ahead and two games for Zidane

The only negative of the afternoon came when Dani Carvajal hobbled away with an apparent hamstring injury

With Atleti, Barcelona and Seville all in relentless shape, Kroos said Real couldn’t afford to lose any more points if they wanted to keep up with the pacemakers

“The others just keep winning so we have to try to do the same. If we want to have the chance to stay on top we have to win all of our games,” he said

“Every game we play, we always try to win, that’s all we can do It’s what everyone else is doing, so we have to try to do it too”We are concerned about the injuries as we are missing some very important players but there is not much we can do about it”

Real were without seven players due to fitness problems and lost to Carvajal in the middle of the first half to another injury when he was back on track The total number of injured defenders in his squad rose to five

But even without some of their most influential players, including Sergio Ramos and Eden Hazard, they turned out to be way too strong for Valencia, who had to do without coach Javi Gracia due to a touchline ban

The visitors missed the presence of their coach as they hardly played with urgency or ambition, especially in a lifeless first half when they didn’t get a shot on goal

“We have a terrible feeling when we gave up the first half,” said Valencia captain Jose Gaya, whose side defeated Real 4-1 at home at the beginning of the season

“It’s not the first time this season and if we don’t improve we won’t get the results we need. We were better in the second half, but overall we haven’t shown how intense it is Game is We made it too easy for them “

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Toni Kroos and Casemiro were two of Real Madrid’s standout players in an all-out – and decisive – win over Valencia

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