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Nacho scores to send Zidane's men top

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Nacho scores to send Zidane's men top . EFE

Nacho scores to send Zidane's men top

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Nacho scored his first LaLiga goal of the season to earn Real Madrid a 1-0 victory over Real Valladolid that sent Los Blancos top.

Real Madrid moved three points clear at the top of LaLiga after Nacho scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over Real Valladolid at Estadio Jose Zorrilla.

With title rivals Barcelona slipping to a 2-0 defeat to Valencia on Saturday, Zidane's men earned a hard-fought victory over a Valladolid side that came into the game unbeaten in three league matches.

Chances were few and far between at either end and the points looked likely to be shared after Karim Benzema missed from point-blank range with only Valladolid goalkeeper Jordi Masip to beat.

But Nacho arrived in the box to head home with 12 minutes left and put his side in the driving seat at a crucial stage in the title race.

Valladolid's Joaquin Fernandez was lucky to escape with just a booking after a 10th-minute foul on Rodrygo and Casemiro then connected with Toni Kroos' free-kick to score with a header but the goal was ruled offside following a VAR check.

The hosts' high press forced Madrid onto the back foot and Thibaut Courtois made an acrobatic one-handed save to keep Michel's looping cross-cum-shot from dipping under the crossbar.

The Madrid goalkeeper was alert to another testing high ball 10 minutes before half-time when Raul Garcia's swerving drive from distance whipped across the face of goal, the Belgium international parrying it away from danger to keep the scoreline blank.

Rodrygo drew a good save from Masip early in the second half and Benzema should have beaten him from close range when he collected Isco's cross just before the hour mark but he fired tamely into the goalkeeper's hands.

Madrid remained patient and turned the game in the 78th minute when Kroos collected a poor clearance and floated a cross that Nacho met with a well-aimed header into the far corner of Masip's net.

Sergi Guardiola thought he had scored the equaliser when he fired high into the Madrid net from close range three minutes from time but his effort was ruled out for offside as the points went south to Madrid.

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