Real Madrid kicked off the second half 21 down, but fifteen minutes later they had conceded two penalties and were 4-1 down to Valencia at the Mestalla.
Real Madrid made an excellent start to their visit to Valencia with Karim Benzema’s opening goal, but the first penalty converted by Carlos Soler and Varane’s own goal before half-time made Zinedine Zidane’s side’s job difficult for the second half.
A second-half that started with a warning from Kang-In Lee with a shot off the post. From then on, total drama. The first blow came with the penalty, much protested by Los Blancos, conceded by Marcelo on Maxi Gómez after a mistake by Marco Asensio.
Just nine minutes later the next piece of chaos came. In a challenge between Sergio Ramos and Maxi Gómez, the centre-back touched the ball with his hand inside the area.
Carlos Soler scored both to make it 4-1 Valencia.
This triple penalty against Real Madrid makes history: never had Los Blancos been punished so much in the same league match, as the journalist Pedro Martin pointed out in ‘Tiempo de Juego’ of the ‘Cadena COPE’.