Real Madrid moved back to within five points of La Liga leaders FC Barcelona after a 2-0 win at home to Valencia. Real Madrid were always on top of a side that parted ways with coach Gennaro Gattuso on Monday, with stand-in coach ‘Voro’ Gonzalez unable to produce a reaction. The first half of the match played on Thursday night saw Real Madrid totally dominate after 15 minutes in which the visitors were able to control the ball without being put under excessive pressure. Carlo Ancelotti’s side took control of the ball but failed to create many clear-cut chances. They also lost defender Eder Militao after a collision with Valencia winger Samuel Lino. Militao had to leave the game after 36 minutes and was replaced by Dani Carvajal, reports Xinhua news agency. Antonio Rudiger had the ball in the Valencia net deep into first-half injury time, but the goal was disallowed for a clear foul from Karim Benzema on Yunus Musah. The first half had been one-way traffic, with Valencia failing to muster a single shot in the opening 45 minutes. It was no surprise when Real Madrid opened the scoring in the 52nd minute. Marco Asensio, who had missed a couple of chances in the first half, rifled home with his left foot after an assist from Benzema.