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No more sweeper keeper, Thibaut Cortois is now a keeper striker

Real Madrid are widely known for having world class attackers, but all of them couldn’t score against Valencia, until Thibaut Courtois showed them how to do it.

Real was 1-0 down after Carlos Soler puts Valencia ahead at Mestalla, as the visitors continue to push for equaliser until the final whistle.

Cortois did every goalkeeper would do in 90th minute, he went up for a corner and managed to push for a header before it was parried away by Jaume Domenech.

The ball rolled straight to Karim Benzema who scored the equaliser.

“I took advantage of my height to meet the corner.” he told Marca.

“I’m two metres tall and opponents get nervous if I go up [for corners].

“Toni [Kroos] sends corners to the near post, I saw the ball coming at my height and I connected well. Then the ball fell to Benzema and he scored.”

Zinedine Zidane praised Real’s never give up attitude.

“He decided to go up and this shows that we wanted more, that we never give up. The equaliser is something that we put a lot of effort into.

“This is Real Madrid, a team that never gives up. They believed they could do it and they did. With everything we did, I think we deserved to score a goal that compensated with the effort of the team.

“Football is like this and you can’t complain. You have to accept what football gives you.

“A point is little reward. In the end, we got a big result, but it’s a shame because we had a very good first half.”

Real Madrid now go into crucial El Clasico game on Wednesday with Barcelona on top of LaLiga.