Santiago Solari's first La Liga game in charge of Real Madrid ended in a 2-0 victory against Real Valladolid at the Bernabeu, but it was not in anyway easy for Los Blancos.

Madrid in their characteristic manner squandered several chances and lived dangerously at the other end as the visitors twice hit the crossbar in the second half.

However, Solari's side finally made the breakthrough in the 83rd minute through Kiko's own goal before captain Sergio Ramos scored from the penalty spot two minutes from time.

Saturday's win was Real Madrid's first in six league matches and halted a three-game losing run in the competition.

Solari was in charge of his first league fixture in a caretaker capacity, following the sacking of Julen Lopetegui. Last weekend's 5-1 Clasico defeat signalled the end of the former Spain manager's reign.


Solari, who began with a 4-0 victory against Melilla in the first leg of their Copa del Rey tie, made three changes from Lopetegui's starting line-up that went down so heavily at the Nou Camp.

Madrid made the breakthrough after 83 minutes in fortuitous circumstances. Vinicius cut into the penalty area and curled a tame shot towards goal which took an unlucky touch off of the back of Kiko and the ball flew past Masip into the net.


Ramos sealed the victory and the three points in the 88th minute when he coolly scored from the spot after Calero had brought down Benzema.


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