Football: Bale-less Madrid maintain chase of Barcelona
MADRID (AFP) - Real Madrid shrugged off the loss of the injured Gareth Bale as they beat Valencia 3-2 on Sunday, Dec 22, 2013, to move back to within five points of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga.
Barcelona were also victors as an eight-minute hat-trick from Pedro Rodriguez helped them come from 2-0 down to win 5-2 away at Getafe.
Bale's replacement Angel di Maria put Madrid in front with a fine left-footed drive on 28 minutes, but Pablo Piatti headed home an equaliser for the hosts six minutes later.
Cristiano Ronaldo then headed home Di Maria's free-kick to put Madrid back in front five minutes before half-time, only for Valencia to level once more when Jeremy Mathieu met Dani Parejo's corner.