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Valencia 4-1 Real Madrid: Soler scored penalty hat-trick

It sounds like a Barcelona fan’s ironic dream, but Real Madrid conceded three penalties against Valencia, and all of them were given.

Karim Benzema fired Madrid ahead with a rocket from the edge of the box as Zinedine Zidane’s side started well. However Valencia soon turned things around and surprisingly, the video technology did its job.

Carlos Soler converted all three, although the first one took a few bites at the cherry.

Lucas Vazquez handled and Thibaut Courtois saved Soler’s penalty. However he turned the rebound against the post and Yunus Musah scored the rebound.

The penalty had to be retaken after encroachment from both sides, and this time Soler slotted it.

He did so again after the break when the hapless Marcelo fouled Maxi Gomez, and then again, when Sergio Ramos punched the ball away in the box. Don’t ask us why.

Before those two penalties came the goal that sent Valencia ahead, a Raphael Varane own goal, turning a cross over his own line. It was cleared away, but VAR gave it.

Zinedine Zidane could not complain about the officiating at the end of the match and instead took the blame himself.

"Everything happened to us today," he said. "The referee is there to look at things. Three penalties and an own goal, too much for us.

"The blame is on me, I’m the coach and I have to find the solution in each game, for everything. The game changed completely after the equaliser. Sometimes this happens and I don’t like it.

"You can look for a thousand reasons but you can’t give excuses."

Source: Sport / Jordi Gil

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