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La Liga: Valencia 2-1 Real Madrid

Real Madrid’s club record 22-match winning run was ended,  as Valencia came from behind to secure a famous victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty put Real in front, his 33rd goal of the season.

But Valencia made it 1-1 seven minutes into the second half through Antonio Barragan’s deflected shot.

Otamendi then powered the ball in from a corner but Madrid stayed top of La Liga thanks to Barcelona’s 1-0 defeat to David Moyes’s Real Sociedad.

It was Real’s first defeat since they lost to city rivals and La Liga champions Atletico Madrid on 13 September.

The result lifted Valencia, beaten just once at home all season, into the Champions League places.

Carlo Ancelotti’s side would not have envisaged that scenario when they took an early lead through Ronaldo.

After Gareth Bale had been fouled, a free-kick from Tony Kroos was flicked on by Bale against the arm of on-loan Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo.

Ronaldo converted from the spot but then missed an excellent chance to double Real’s lead when he rounded goalkeeper Diego Alves but, from a tight angle, shot into the side netting.

Valencia had five players booked in a niggly first half but struck a post through a deflected Andre Gomes shot in stoppage time.

And they were the better side in the second half, levelling when former Liverpool player Barragan scored his first league goal for the club with a shot which was diverted past Iker Casillas by defender Pepe.

Bale was then denied by an excellent Otamendi tackle at the other end before the Argentina international won it with a towering header with 25 minutes to go.

Negredo impressed for Valencia, who could have spared themselves some anxious late moments, notably when Isco’s close-range header was saved by Alves, had Barragan not wasted another excellent chance when he shot wide with just Casillas to beat.

Holders Real will now be looking to bounce back against their local rivals in the first leg of their Copa del Rey last-16 tie on Wednesday night, when Fernando Torres could make his first appearance since re-joining Atletico on loan.

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MotoGP: Win double for the Marquez family at MotoGP season finale

Marc Marquez claims record-breaking MotoGP win, while brother Alex seals the Moto3 world title in Valencia.

It was a special day for the Marquez family as brothers Marc and Alex both finished the day with plenty to celebrate after a memorable day at the Grand Prix of Valencia.

Big brother Marc had already claimed the MotoGP world title earlier in the season, and he rounded out the season by claiming his 13th MotoGP victory of the campaign, pulling clear of Valentino Rossi in the latter stages of the race to break MotoGP legend Mick Doohan’s record for the most race wins in a season.

Rossi took second place in the race to secure second in the MotoGP championship standings, with Marquez’s Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa taking third.

In Moto3, Marc’s little brother Alex Marquez clinched the world championship after a dramatic final race of the season.

Marquez’s nearest rival, Australian Jack Miller, did everything he could to pip the Spanish racer to the title, winning the race after overhauling Isaac Vinales in the closing stages.

But Marquez needed a third-place finish to secure the world title, regardless of Miller’s performance, and the Honda rider did just that, holding off a late charge from Britain’s Danny Kent to claim the world title.

The Moto2 race saw drama early on as the two riders battling for second place in the championship collided.

Maverick Vinales went into a left hander far too hot, and crashed into the back of Mika Kallio, taking the pair of them out of the race.

The crash didn’t do Vinales any favours, however, with both riders’ DNFs securing second place in the championship for Kallio.

Up front, world champion Tito Rabat looked set for victory after holding off Thomas Luthi, but lost power coming out of the final corner, allowing the Swiss rider to steal the victory with just yards to go.

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