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Spanish Primera BBVA

Mestalla (ATT 42,200) 22nd December 2013 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: F Teixeira Vitienes

Valencia Valencia vs Real Madrid R Madrid

Valencia 2

P Piatti (34)
J Mathieu (62)

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R Madrid 3

A di Maria (28)
C Ronaldo (40)
Jese (82)

Jese snatches win for Real

Last Updated: 22/12/13 10:44pm

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Real Madrid celebrate against Valencia

Real Madrid celebrate against Valencia

Substitute Jese fired home a late winner to earn Real Madrid a 3-2 victory over battling Valencia that keeps them within five points of the Primera Division pacesetters.

Jese found a gap between Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita and his near post with eight minutes left to give Madrid the spoils in a match which saw the managerless home side twice fight back from a goal down.

Angel Di Maria (28) and Cristiano Ronaldo (40) had put the visitors ahead but Valencia had levelled both times through headers from Pablo Piatti (34) and Jeremy Mathieu (62).

The hosts, who were being led by youth-team coach Nico Estevez following Monday's departure of Miroslav Djukic, could not find a third equaliser following Jese's goal though as Madrid kept the pressure up on top two Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Madrid have enjoyed tremendous success in this fixture in recent years, winning on their previous four league visits to Valencia, while in the last six years have recorded victories by 5-1, 6-3 and 5-0 here.

They had also claimed a couple of 3-2 wins at the Mestalla in that time, so goals were always on the cards - and so it proved.

Di Maria netted the opener with a superb effort just before the half-hour, the Argentina winger bringing down a cross-field pass from Marcelo before skipping in between two defenders as he made his way into the area and then curling a shot just inside the far post.

Valencia were behind for just six minutes though before Piatti drew them level when he got in the end of Juan Bernat's cross to glance home a header from six yards out.

Madrid refused to be deflated however, and Di Maria drew a fine save out of Guaita soon after before Ronaldo restored the capital club's lead when he headed home the winger's free-kick unchallenged from near the penalty spot.

That left Madrid ahead at the break but once again Carlo Ancelotti's men failed to hold on to their lead as they were undone by another header as Valencia made it 2-2 just after the hour.

Piatti swung over a corner from the left and Mathieu climbed above Sergio Ramos in the box to power a header above Lopez and into the net,

For a while that looked set to earn Valencia a point, but their defence was breached for a third time in the closing stages following an error in judgment from Guaita, and this time there was no way back for Los Che.

Luka Modric won the ball back on the edge of the Valencia box and fed the unmarked Jese on the right side of the area. The angle looked too tight for the 20-year-old but he tried his luck any way and was rewarded as his shot sneaked past Guaita and into the net for the match winner.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Real Madrid 15 39
2 Barcelona 15 35
3 Atletico Madrid 15 32
4 Sevilla 15 30
5 Valencia 15 28
6 Villarreal 15 27
7 Malaga 15 27
8 Celta Vigo 15 20
9 Eibar 15 20
10 Athletic Bilbao 15 19
11 Espanyol 15 17
12 Rayo Vallecano 15 17
13 Getafe 15 16
14 Real Sociedad 15 14
15 Levante 15 14
16 Deportivo La Coruna 15 13
17 Granada 15 12
18 Cordoba 15 11
19 Almeria 15 10
20 Elche 15 10