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Real Madrid held to 0-0 draw with Valencia

04-10-2012 10:09 BJT

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The Spanish League leaders Real Madrid are starting to feel the pressure from defending champions Barcelona.

Their 10 point lead over the Catalan club was trimmed to 3 points following Barca’s 4-1 triumph over Real Zaragoza on Saturday. But Madrid had the chance to put a little breathing room between them and the defending champs should they beat Valencia on Sunday.

Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain (L) and Valencia's Ricardo Costa challenge the ball during
their Spanish first division soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid April 8,
2012. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Madrid began pressing early but couldn't find the mark -- Cristiano Ronaldo’s laser of a shot beats the keeper, but not the post. And Real could do nothing with the rebound.

That would be the theme of this match, Valencia also finding the upright in the first half -- Ricardo Costa heads this rebound off the bar, following a nice save by Iker Casillas.

Real Madrid's coach Jose Mourinho looks on before his Spanish first division soccer match
against Valencia at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid April 8, 2012. (Xinhua/Reuters
Photo)

Tino Costa splinters the woodwork in the 55th minute. Casillas thanking the goalie’s best friend as the match remains scoreless. Real press for a goal late but could not convert a couple of glorious chances by Karim Benzema.

But their best chance came in stoppage time, as Di Maria was stopped from close range. The game ends in a scoreless draw and Real’s lead over Barca is now 4, with 7 matches to play.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after missing a chance
to score against Valencia during their Spanish first division
soccer match at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid April 8,
2012. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria (L) reacts after missing a
chance to score against Valencia beside teammate Alvaro
Arbeloa during their Spanish first division soccer match
at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid April 8, 2012.
(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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