Valencia attacker Carlos Soler was on red hot form against Real Madrid in the battle of Mestalla as he scored a hattrick to propel Valencia to a 4-1win over Los Blancos in the La Liga on Sunday evening.
Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema drew the first blood in the 23rd minute but Valencia got the equaliser with first from Soler’s three penalties after a most unusual turn of events.
Soler saw his spot-kick saved by Thibaut Courtois and then hit the post on the rebound, while teammate Yunus Musah netted the loose ball, only to see the goal ruled out after a VAR review showed him encroaching in the area. A re-take was ordered and Soler made no mistake at the second attempt.
Valencia went up before the half time with Raphael Varane scoring an own goal, the goal was awarded after VAR review.
Valencia remained in charge and won two further penalties, for a foul by Marcelo on Maxi Gomez then a handball by Sergio Ramos.
Real Madrid is fourth in the standings on 16 points after eight games, while Real Sociedad is top with 20 after nine games.