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Spanish Primera BBVA

Santiago Bernabeu (ATT 70,000) 19th August 2012 - Kick off 18:00 Ref: C Delgado Ferreiro

R Madrid Real Madrid vs Valencia Valencia

R Madrid 1

G Higuain (10)

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Valencia 1

Jonas (42)

Jonas ruins Real opener

Last Updated: 19/08/12 10:43pm

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Jonas celebrates his goal

Jonas celebrates his goal

Primera Division holders Real Madrid began the new campaign with a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu after Jonas cancelled out Gonzalo Higuain's early strike.

Los Che, who finished third last season, were well worthy of a point and should have had three but Roberto Soldado's second half strike was wrongfully ruled out for offside.

Madrid, who have not made any new signings so far this summer, lined up largely as expected although Lassana Diarra was preferred to Sami Khedira and Higuain chosen ahead of Karim Benzema.

In his first match in charge, former Los Che centre half Mauricio Pellegrino elected to start recently acquired trio Andres Guardado, Joao Pereira and Fernando Gago, with fellow new arrivals, Jonathan Viera and Nelson Valdez on the bench.

The champions made a bright start and after both Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria came close early on, Higuain gave the home side the lead with just 10 minutes on the clock.

A wonderful ball over the top of the Valencia backline from Di Maria found the Argentina striker, who, after being denied twice by goalkeeper Diego Alves, thundered a powerful effort into the top right hand corner from inside the area.

Against the run of play Valencia levelled four minutes before the break when Tino Costa's wonderfully whipped free-kick from the right was met by Jonas, who headed home.

The Brazilian out-jumped Xabi Alonso, Pepe and Iker Casillas, with the latter two clashing heads.

Both were left dazed by the incident, with Pepe needing a bandage to cover a gash and the Portuguese was replaced at the break by former Valencia defender Raul Albiol.

The home side were let off the hook when early in the second half a through ball inside his own half by Costa found an unmarked Roberto Soldado.

The striker ran through the middle unchallenged before rounding Casillas and sliding the ball in the net only for play to be brought back for offside, although replays showed the 27-year-old was onside when the ball was played.

Substitute Benzema forced a good save from Alves with 10 minutes left, but Valencia were well worth a draw as the home side struggled to create chances.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 33 82
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Elche 33 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22