Real Madrid avoided a slip-up on Saturday in La Liga, beating Valencia 2-1 on a late goal from Marcelo.

Entering the day level on points with Barcelona atop the standings, Real looked headed for a win with Cristiano Ronaldo's first-half goal. But a sick free kick goal from Dani Parejo with just under 10 minutes to go made it seem like the hosts would only get a point, but the Brazilian defender produced some late magic to lift his team to a vital win.

It was this goal from Ronaldo in the first half that put Real up 1-0:

Riding that goal the entire match without creating much, Real conceded in the 82nd minute with this stunning strike from Parejo:

But just four minutes later, Marcelo cut inside down the left and fired home for the win:

And that is a massive result. A draw combined with a Barca win on Saturday would have seen Real down two points in the standings, with their campaign taking a big hit, but it comes up late as it does so often and keeps its hopes of winning the league alive and well. 

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