Real Madrid dropped points yet again as they managed to play out a 2-2 draw against Valencia at the Mestalla. Karim Benzema gave Madrid the perfect start as he put the ball in the corner of the net from a lovely worked move involving both Bale and Ronaldo. But a controversial penalty decision against Pepe handed Valencia a golden opportunity to equalise, which Dani Parejo took gratefully and buried the chance. Madrid went down to 10-men as Kovacic received a straight red card for a wild tackle on Cancelo. Despite being a man down, Madrid restored their one goal advantage through a beautiful headed goal by Bale. But the celebrations of Madrid players and fans were cut short when Paco Alcacer equalised with his head just a minute after Bale had given Madrid the lead. Both the teams survived some nervy moments in the game later on. This might be counted as another opportunity missed by Madrid to close the gap on their rivals, as they try to catch-up with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Here are the major talking points from the match.
1) Sergio Ramos Fit To Play
After a long rest of 14 days, Sergio Ramos made it back into the Madrid line up alongside Pepe. He looked good throughout the match, and was sharp in defence as well as in his passing. Ramos has been a bit sloppy this season so far, with injuries keeping him out of many matches. His work rate has been questionable, and the fact that he has been given the responsibility to lead the Blancos this season has been regarded as one of the reasons for this dip in form. But against Valencia, Ramos was solid for most part of the game, as he dealt with the majority of the balls and other threats.