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Real Madrid big win at Valencia

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties as stumbling Liga champions Real Madrid hit back from their miserable start to 2018 with a rousing 4-1 win at Valencia on Saturday to move within two points of recapturing third place in La Liga.

Ronaldo sent goalkeeper Neto the wrong way to slot in his 100th penalty for club and country in the 16th minute after the Portuguese was felled in the box following a lightning quick breakaway from a Valencia corner.

He made no mistake again from the spot in the 38th after Karim Benzema had been pushed over in the area by defender Martin Montoya, stretching Madrid's lead and moving on to eight goals in the league this season, including four penalties.

Valencia pulled themselves back into contention in the 58th minute when Santi Mina headed home from a corner while Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas denied Dani Parejo an equaliser with an impressive save with his foot.

Levante fought back from two goals down with 10 minutes remaining to draw 2-2 in a relegation six-pointer at Deportivo La Coruna and stay two points above the Galicians, who still occupy the final place in the relegation zone.

Striker Ivan Lopez scored both goals for the visitors in the space of four minutes, banging the equaliser into the top corner in the 84th after Adrian Lopez and Florin Andone had given Depor a two-goal advantage before halftime although the home side had Celso Borges sent off in the 35th.

Malaga stayed rooted to the bottom of the standings after drawing 0-0 at home to Girona and the hosts' Gonzalo Castro was dismissed after receiving two yellow cards.

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