Real Madrid’s 22-game winning streak came to a crashing halt as Valencia beat them 2-1 in La Liga at the Mestalla.
Cristiano Ronaldo extended his stunning tally to 26 league goals in the 14th minute at Mestalla Stadium when he stroked in a penalty kick following Alvaro Negredo’s handball.
But the hosts rallied through a goal by Antonio Barragan in the 52nd before defender Nicolas Otamendi fended off Sergio Ramos to head home the 65th-minute winner.
Madrid still has a game in hand, but Barcelona can take the provisional lead with a win at Real Sociedad later. Defending champion Atletico Madrid was also left one point behind the pacesetters.
Valencia’s first win in six visits by Madrid lifted it into fourth place.
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