One lapse from the penalty spot didn’t deter Carlos Soler, who made amends with three penalties in opposition to Actual Madrid. Soler noticed his preliminary penalty try saved however felt assured sufficient to return for an additional attempt.
Then one other, after which one other. The younger midfielder ended up changing three penalty kicks for his hat trick as Valencia ended its winless streak with a Four-1 win over Actual Madrid within the Spanish league on Sunday.
“I had doubts for a second however then I made a decision to take it once more,” the 23-year-old Soler mentioned. “It gave me confidence for the opposite ones as nicely.”
Statistics platform Opta mentioned it was the primary time a participant had scored three penalties in a Spanish league recreation this century. The La Vanguardia Spanish each day mentioned it was the primary time three penalties have been known as in opposition to Madrid in a league recreation.
Actual Sociedad stayed on the prime with a 2-Zero win in opposition to a virus-depleted Granada staff which was crammed with youth-squad gamers. Granada completed with out the minimal of 5 registered first-team gamers set out within the laws and might be punished for utilizing an unlawful lineup.
Madrid additionally confronted issues due to the coronavirus as Eden Hazard and Casemiro couldn’t play in opposition to Valencia due to optimistic COVID-19 outcomes.
Soler took benefit as video overview calls went in opposition to Madrid 3 times at Mestalla Stadium, organising Valencia’s first win after 4 matches. VAR performed a job in two penalties and within the own-goal by Madrid defender Raphael Varane.
“Every part went unsuitable on this recreation,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane mentioned. “Three penalties, an own-goal… It’s onerous to clarify.”
Madrid, which had received 5 of its earlier six league video games, took the lead within the 23rd minute with a objective from Karim Benzema, who left injured close to the top of the match. Soler equalized from the penalty spot within the 35th after a handball by Lucas Vázquez. Soler noticed his penalty saved by Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois however received a second likelihood after video overview decided that gamers from each groups encroached into the realm earlier than he took his shot.
Valencia went forward with the own-goal by Varane within the 43rd. VAR dominated that a ball that ricocheted off Varane’s leg crossed the objective line earlier than Courtois may swipe it away.
Soler’s second objective from the spot got here after Marcelo fouled Maxi Gómez within the 54th. VAR decided that Sergio Ramos touched the ball along with his hand inside the realm to immediate the third penalty transformed by Soler within the 63rd.
Valencia was coming off a draw and three losses. It moved to ninth place with the win. Madrid dropped to fourth, 4 factors off the lead with a recreation in hand.