La Liga: Real Madrid succumb to “hat-trick of penalities” defeat

Youngster, Carlos Soler scored three penalties as Valencia thrashed Real Madrid in an extraordinary La Liga match on Sunday.

Karim Benzema put visitors Real ahead from long range in the 23rd minute.

Valencia levelled through a twice-taken penalty, which had been awarded after Lucas Vazquez handled.

Soler had his spot-kick saved by Thibaut Courtois and hit the post with the rebound. Team-mate Yunus Musah then poked the loose ball home, only for the goal to be ruled out after a video assistant referee (VAR) review showed him encroaching in the area.

A retake was ordered and Soler made it 1-1.

Raphael Varane’s own goal made it 2-1 heading into the break. 

After the break, Soler increased the lead from the spot in the 54th minute after Marcelo fouled Maxi Gomez.

Valencia were awarded another spot-kick when Sergio Ramos handled, Soler, completing his hat-trick.

Reigning champions Real were looking to move one point behind Spanish top-flight leaders Real Sociedad before the international break.

But Zinedine Zidane’s side remains four points off the summit after this heavy defeat, although they do have a game in hand.

LaLiga Results 


Real Sociedad 2 – 0 Granada

Valencia 4 – 1 Real Madrid

Getafe 1 – 3 Villarreal

Levante 1 – 1 AlavΓ©s

Real Valladolid 2 – 1 Athletic BilbaoΒ 

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