Real Madrid took a big step towards the Spanish Cup semi-finals on Tuesday as they beat Valencia 2-0 in their quarter-final first leg clash at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King's Cup) quarter-final football match Real Madrid CF vs Valencia CF at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid on January 15, 2012. Real Madrid won 2-0.
Goals by Karim Benzema and an own goal by Mexican defender Andres Guardado gave the hosts a much-needed boost and kept alive their hopes of some domestic silverware this season as in the league they are third and trail bitter rivals Barcelona by 18 points.
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