With Two League Matches Remaining, Real Madrid Held To Draw By Valencia

With Two League Matches Remaining, Real Madrid Held To Draw By Valencia


With two league matches remainig, Real Madrid was yesterday held to a draw by Valencia which has left their hopes of overhauling the La Liga leaders, Barcelona, hanging by a thread.

Real fought back from two goals down at the Bernabéu but were unable to snatch a winner and slipped four points behind their arch-rivals with two games remaining.

Barça, who won 2-0 at home to Real Sociedad in the earlier kick-off, can make sure of a fifth title in seven years with victory at last season’s champions Atlético Madrid next weekend, when Real play at mid-table Espanyol.

“It’s much more difficult for us now but we will carry on,” Real Madrid coach Ancelotti said after the draw with Valencia. “There are two matches left and we have to try to win them both.”

Real have won the European Super Cup and Club World Cup this season but are in danger of ending 2014‑15 without either defending their Champions League crown or winning a first domestic league title since 2012. The holders lost last week’s semi-final, first leg 2-1 at Juventus and host the Serie A side on Wednesday for the return.

Ancelotti said if his side played against Juve like they did in the second half against Valencia they had every chance of making the showpiece in Berlin. Real could justifiably claim they were short on luck on Saturday, with Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Javier Hernández all hitting the frame of the goal and Ronaldo having a penalty saved on the stroke of half-time.

“The result was not good but the way we played was very good,” he said. “We had a lot of chances to score, we fought until the end and we deserved to win. Things will work out for us on Wednesday.”

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