Real Madrid's record-breaking and world record-chasing run of consecutive wins (which stood at 22) is shattered as they are beaten by two second half goals. Gareth Bale found himself a marked man early, on the end of quite a few rough tackles, including one that set up a free kick that led to Negredo's hand ball in the box. The decision was harsh, but it was none-the-less confidently taken by Cristiano Ronaldo to put the Whites up 1-0 inside fifteen minutes. A deflected shot from Barragan off Real's Pepe drew Valencia level before a superb header from Nicolas Otamendi put Valencia 2-1 up with twenty-five to play. The loss for Real Madrid could have allowed Barcelona to overtake them at the top of the table in the late game had Barcelona not lost to Real Sociedad.