Real Madrid vs Valencia LIVE Football Score 11/01/2023
France striker Karim Benzema helped Real Madrid to a 2-0 victory over Valencia in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Tuesday. Benzema opened the scoring in the 37th minute of the first leg match, finishing off a rapid counterattack after Michael Essien had picked out Sami Khedira on the left flank. Valencia missed its best chance of the match when Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas was forced to parry a powerful shot from Roberto Soldado straight toward an advancing Jonas, who fired just wide in the 67th. Madrid’s second goal arrived six minutes later when Valencia’s Jose Guardado turned the ball into his own net as he tried to clear a cross by Fabio Coentrao under pressure from Gonzalo Higuain.
“It was a tight, physical match in which the goalkeepers kept the score down, although we came close to a third goal,” Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho said. Cristiano Ronaldo won a free kick within 15 seconds of the start, but his subsequent shot flew just wide. Another effort seven minutes later soared over the crossbar. Luka Modric shaved the outside of the post in the ninth minute having connected sweetly with Benzema’s pass, as Valencia’s goalkeeper Vicente Guaita stretched to reach the ball. With the match initially locked in a tense midfield battle for possession, Valencia winger Jonas sent in a powerful header off Joao Pereira’s cross in the 17th minute — only for Casillas to make a clean catch.
Jonas gave Casillas another fright when he hit a long shot which just skimmed over the top in the 35th. Madrid coach Jose Mourinho adjusted his midfield by substituting Modric for Angel Di Maria in the 62nd and eight minutes later refreshed his attack by bringing on Higuain for Benzema. The switch led to Madrid’s second goal — but not without controversy. Television replays showed Higuain may have just grazed the goal-bound ball with his hand, an action that caused vociferous complaints from Valencia’s dugout and led to the dismissal of coach Ernesto Valverde. “We were clearly hurt by some very poor refereeing decisions,” Valverde said. On Wednesday, Barcelona hosts Malaga and Sevilla faces Zaragoza, while Atletico Madrid plays Real Betis on Thursday in the other quarterfinal clashes.
The 2023 edition of the Supercopa de Espana is back in action with another round of matches this week as Valencia lock horns with Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid side at the King Fahd International Stadium in Riyadh on Wednesday.Valencia are currently in 11th place in the La Liga standings and have not been at their best so far this season. Los Che slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Cadiz in their previous game and will need to be at their best in this fixture.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, are in second place in the league table at the moment and have been fairly impressive this season. Los Blancos suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Villarreal in their previous league game and will need to bounce back this week.Real Madrid have an excellent squad at their disposal but are yet to hit their peak this season. The likes of Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo can pack a punch on their day and will need to make their mark in this fixture.Valencia have a good squad but have not been able to justify their potential so far this season. Real Madrid are the better team on paper and should be able to win this game.
Real Madrid and Valencia will lock horns in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Wednesday evening, with a spot in the final of the Spanish Super Cup on offer for the two La Liga sides. Los Blancos qualified for this stage of this competition by winning the 2022-23 La Liga title, while Valencia are present in the final four due to making last season’s Copa del Rey final.Real Madrid are the second-most successful side in the history of the Spanish Super Cup, lifting the trophy on 12 occasions, including last season, when they beat Barcelona in the semi-finals of the competition before overcoming Athletic Bilbao four days later.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side have the chance to secure this trophy once again, as they qualified for the final four by winning last season’s La Liga title, and a victory on Wednesday would see them take on either Barcelona or Real Betis in the final of the competition on Sunday. Los Blancos will enter this match off the back of a 2-1 defeat to Villarreal in La Liga, with Gerard Moreno’s penalty proving to be the difference between the two sides, and the reigning champions are now three points behind leaders Barcelona, who beat Atletico Madrid 1-0 on Sunday night.
Real Madrid will face Villarreal again in the last-16 stage of the Copa del Rey on January 17 before taking on Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad in their final two league games before the end of the month. Los Blancos have won their last three matches against Valencia, including a 4-1 victory when the two sides last locked horns in January 2022; the pair also met in the Spanish Super Cup in January 2020, with the capital outfit running out 3-1 winners in the semi-finals of the competition.Valencia, meanwhile, have only actually won the Spanish Super Cup on one occasion, lifting the trophy in 1999 by recording a 4-3 victory over Barcelona in the two-legged affair.
Los Che have been runners-up on three further occasions in 2002, 2004 and 2008, but their confidence will have been dented ahead of this match due to their 1-0 home defeat to struggling Cadiz on Friday. Gennaro Gattuso’s side are currently 11th in the La Liga table, boasting 19 points from their opening 16 matches, which has left them eight points off the top six. Valencia have again struggled for consistency in the league this season, losing seven of their 16 matches, but they are still present in the Copa del Rey, preparing to take on Sporting Gijon in the last-16 stage of the competition on January 17.
Los Che will be the underdogs heading into Wednesday’s affair, and they have only actually managed to beat Real Madrid on one occasion since early 2019. Los Blancos were far from their best in Saturday’s loss to Villarreal, though, and Ancelotti’s side have not hit top form since returning to action following the 2022 World Cup.Real Madrid were missing three players for Saturday’s clash with Villarreal; Mariano Diaz was absent due to an ankle issue, while muscular problems ruled both Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola out.
The trio are back in the squad for this match, but Los Blancos have been hit with a fresh double injury blow, with David Alaba and Aurelien Tchouameni both out of the contest due to calf problems. Alaba is believed to have picked up the issue against Villarreal, while Tchouameni is thought to have suffered the problem during Monday’s training session. As a result, Eder Militao should move back inside to partner Antonio Rudiger in the middle of the defence, while Federico Valverde could play in central midfield on Wednesday, with Rodrygo joining Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior in the final third of the field.
As for Valencia, Jaume Domenech has made the trip with his teammates to provide support, but the goalkeeper remains unavailable for selection through injury. On-loan Barcelona midfielder Nico Gonzalez is also on the sidelines with a fractured foot, while Samu Castillejo has undergone surgery on a fractured wrist, so he will miss out on the contest. There will be changes from the side that started against Cadiz, with Andre Almeida and Justin Kluivert potentially coming into the starting XI. Edinson Cavani should retain his spot at centre-forward, though, while Samuel Lino is also expected to feature in an attacking position for Gattuso’s side.