La Liga: Carlos Soler gets rare penalty hat-trick as Valencia stun Real Madrid 4-1

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Carlos Soler

One lapse from the penalty spot didn’t deter Carlos Soler, who made amends with three penalties towards Real Madrid. Soler noticed his preliminary penalty try saved however felt assured sufficient to return for one more strive.

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 4-1 win over Real Madrid within the Spanish league on Sunday.

“I had doubts for a moment but then I decided to take it again,” the 23-year-old Soler stated. “It gave me confidence for the other ones as well.”

Statistics platform Opta stated it was the primary time a participant had scored three penalties in a Spanish league sport this century. The La Vanguardia Spanish every day stated it was the primary time three penalties had been known as towards Madrid in a league sport.

Real Sociedad stayed on the high with a 2-0 win towards a virus-depleted Granada crew 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 may very well be punished for utilizing an unlawful lineup.

Madrid additionally confronted issues due to the coronavirus as Eden Hazard and Casemiro couldn’t play towards Valencia due to constructive COVID-19 outcomes.

Soler took benefit as video overview calls went towards Madrid thrice 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.

“Everything went wrong in this game,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane stated. “Three penalties, an own-goal… It’s hard to explain.”

Madrid, which had received 5 of its earlier six league video games, took the lead within the twenty third minute with a purpose from Karim Benzema, who left injured close to the tip of the match. Soler equalized from the penalty spot within the thirty fifth after a handball by Lucas Vázquez. Soler noticed his penalty saved by Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois however acquired a second likelihood after video overview decided that gamers from each groups encroached into the world earlier than he took his shot.

Valencia went forward with the own-goal by Varane within the forty third. VAR dominated {that a} ball that ricocheted off Varane’s leg crossed the purpose line earlier than Courtois might swipe it away.

Soler’s second purpose from the spot got here after Marcelo fouled Maxi Gómez within the 54th. VAR decided that Sergio Ramos touched the ball together with his hand inside the world 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 sport in hand.

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