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October 5, 2013
• Estadio Ciudad de Valencia, Valencia
Referee: José Luis González González
• Attendance: 24102
B. Diawara 57'
N. El Zhar 86'
Sergio Ramos 61'
Álvaro Morata 90'
Cristiano Ronaldo 90'+
Two late, LATE, goal from Alvaro Morata and Cristiano Ronaldo give Real Madrid a stunning late 3-2 victory over Levante. The hosts took the lead twice in the match through Baba Diawara and Nabil El Zhar, but Sergio Ramos, Morata, and Ronaldo netted to give Los Blancos the three points. You can't help but feel sorry for Levante, they gave everything, but football is cruel! I'm Martin Macdonald, thanks for joining us, see you next time!
THAT'S THE FINAL WHISTLE! MADRID WIN IT!
90' + 4'
Yellow Card Cristiano Ronaldo
90' + 4'
Assist Luka Modric
90' + 4'
Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLL FOR REAL MADRID!!!! THIS IS ELCHE ALL OVER AGAIN!!! LEVANTE FAIL TO CLEAR THE BALL AND MODRIC LAYS THE BALL OUT FOR RONALDO, WHO HITS A DEFLECTED STRIKE OFF THE POST! SO SO HARSH ON LEVANTE!
90' + 1'
Four minutes of injury time remaining! Surely there's not another twist in the tale?!
Assist Raphaël Varane
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLL FOR REAL MADRID!! NEVER EVER RULE THEM OUT! Morata somehow finds space inside the box and takes a superb touch before dragging a shot into the bottom left corner! 2-2!! What a second half!
Sergio da Silva Pinto
Real Madrid are facing two consecutive La Liga defeats here! However, never rule out Los Blancos. Ask Elche...
Goal Nabil El Zhar
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLL FOR LEVANTE!!! IT LOOKS LIKE THEY'VE WON IT! INCREDIBLE!! El Zhar gets in between the Madrid defence and Diego Lopez. He steps back and looks to have messed up the chance, but then swivels brilliantly and smashes a strike into the corner!! 2-1!
Just over five minutes remaining now. Do we have a winner in this?!
Oh it looks like Diop has took a sore one here! The Senegalese goes in solidly in a tackle with Khedira but looks to have been caught in the face by the boot of the German. Completely accidental, but Diop is receiveing treatment.
Yellow Card Pedro López
Disappointing. Ronaldo steps up and smashes the set-piece straight off the solid Levante wall.
Pedro Lopez looks to nick the ball away from the feet of Morata but the Madrid man uses his body well to earn a free kick in Ronaldo territory 25 yards from goal. Let's see if the Portuguese can grab the win.
Jese Rodriguez also enters the action in place of Benzema for Madrid.
Another switch from Caparros sees Baba Diawara withdrawn for David Barral. The Senegalese receives a standing ovation from the home crowd as he walks off.
Sergio Ramoooossss!! Unlucky! The Madrid captain latches on to a cross to the back post and aims to direct a header back across goal into the bottom corner. There was a little too much on it, though, and Levante get the goal kick.
It looks like there's only one winner in this at the moment. Levante are always a threat on the counter but it's all Madrid currently, and Ramos' goal has certainly given them the impetus to strive to claim the three points.
It looks like Benzema has moved out to the left-hand side, with Morata playing as the central striker. Let's see if the Frenchman fairs any better out wide.
MARCELOOOOO!!!! WHAT A MISS!! Morata reverses a cross to the back post and the Brazilian has all the time in the world to pick his spot, but blazes over from just outside the six yard box! Levante let off the hook!
Nabil El Zhar
Real Madrid follow suit and make a substitution of their own. Alvaro Morata enters the fray and he'll come on for Isco, who hasn't had the best of matches tonight.
First change of the match from Joaquin Caparros. Xumetra, who earned that superb assist for the goal, is replaced by Nabil El Zhar.
That duo link-up again as Di Maria exchanges a lovely one-two with Benzema on the edge of the area. The former's strike at goal is easily gathered by Navas, though.
A GREAT CHANCE SQUANDERED BY DI MARIA! Benzema squeezes a pass through to the Argentine who takes one-too-many touches before slumping a strike off the side-netting! He should have done much better with that!
Now we've got a game on our hands!
Assist Ángel Di María
Goal Sergio Ramos
GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAL FOR REAL MADRID!! LOS BLANCOS STRIKE BACK IMMEDIATELY!! Di Maria whips a cracking corner to the back post and Sergio Ramos gets in front of his marker to stab the ball home! That was a captain's goal! He looks delighted!
Carlo Ancelotti doesn't waste any time, and makes his first change of the match. Coentrao will be replaced at left-back by Marcelo.
The home fans went crazy after that goal, and no wonder, what a counterattack!
Goal Baba Diawara
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAALLLL FOR LEVANTE!!! THE HOSTS LEAD REAL MADRID!!! Xumetra breaks forward down the right and cuts inside before chipping a cross to the back post for Diawara, who finishes brilliantly into the corner with a half-volley! 1-0!
Ronaldo looks to break the Levante offside trap and looks to latch on to a pass over the top from Coentrao. He is flagged by the linesman but it looked like Juanfran was playing him on! Poor decision!
RONALDO HITS THE POST!! The Portuguese wrong-foots Juanfran and drags a left-footed strike towards the bottom left corner, but his attempt just clipped the outside of the woodwork!
Second Madrid booking of the match goes to Arbeloa. The Liverpool man cynically blocked Juanfran as the Levante captain latched on to a loose ball in midfield and aimed to gallop forward.
Yellow Card Arbeloa
Levante have continued their superb pressing work from the first half. They are hunting the Madrid back four, trying to force them into a mistake.
Saaaaaaaaave by Diego Lopez!! Diop takes advantage of some space a few yards outside the box and rifles a strike at goal. The former Sevilla 'keeper makes a meal of the save but eventually sees it over.
We are back under way!
Madrid had just under two-thirds of possession there, but they really didn't do a lot with it. Much improvement needed second half. Levante just need more of the same for the next 45.
Half time in Estadi Ciutat de Valencia. The hosts have battled valiantly so far and have arguably been the better side as we enter the break at 0-0. Diego Lopez has been the busier of the 'keepers and pulled out an incredible save late in the half to deny Diawara. Ronaldo and co. not at the races for Los Blancos.
WHAT A SAVE FROM DIEGO LOPEZ!!! The ball breaks kindly on the edge of the box for Diawara and the Senegalese drills a fantastic half-volley towards goal! It looks destined to burst into the top corner but the Madrid 'keeper somehow stretches out a glove to turn the ball over the bar!
Yellow Card Sami Khedira
Another block by Navarro!! Arbeloa reverses a cross into the box and Ronaldo takes a touch before swiveling quickly and smashing a strike towards the bottom corner, but the Levante man was once again positioned well to make the interception.
DOUBLE CHANCE FOR MODRIC! The Croatian has two bites at the cherry as he arrives late on the edge of the box. The first is superbly blocked by Navarro and the second is screwed wide of the mark!
Di Maria looks to get on the end of a cross and looks to backheel a strike at goal, but it doesn't come off and goes out for a goal kick. The Argentine is subsequently bundled over by Navas and proceeds to roll around inside the six yard box. Get up, Angel.
Heavy touch from Pedro Lopez. Levante were on the ascendancy and had plenty of men in support inside the box, but the right-back breaks down the play by allowing the ball to bounce off his shin.
Diawaraaaa!! Unlucky! The on-loan Sevilla man jinxes past a couple of challenges on the edge of the area before rattling a strike at goal. It was always rising, but it was decent build-up play.
You'd be hard pressed to find a true weakness in Varane's game.
Brilliant defending from Varane. Ivanschitz puts the Frenchman under massive pressure at the back but the Madrid man shows composure to hold up the ball and earn a goal kick out of the Austrian.
Ronaldoooo!!! The former Manchester United man steps up and cracks a free kick towards goal. The set-piece takes a wicked deflection on it's route to goal but Navas manages to get across to turn the ball round the post.
Ancelotti's men have had the majority of possession so far, but Keylor Navas in the Levante goal hasn't had a save to make yet. Not much in the final third for either side.
Benzema and Navarro battle for possession on the edge of the Madrid box and Levante get the free kick after a weak push by the Frenchman on the defender. Never a foul.
Madrid with the chance to get a good ball into the box with a free kick from the left. However, Di Maria's delivery is once again not up to scratch and Levante manage to bundle the ball clear.
The ball breaks to Coentrao on the left and he looks to find Ramos inside the box, who had stayed up top after a corner. The Madrid captain gets on the end of the cross but can't direct his header towards goal.
Positive goalkeeping from Diego Lopez. Juanfran clips a pass over Arbeloa and Ruben sprints to the byline before digging out a superb cross. Baba looks to challenge for it but the Madrid 'keeper was quickly off his line to claim.
Terrific imagination fro Ruben. The 20-year-old collects possession in the hole and looks to scoop the ball straight over the Madrid defence. Baba looks to get on the end of it but he was flagged as offside. Almost a great move!
Excellent block by Simao! A penalty area scrap sees the ball break to Modric on the edge of the box who drifts past a couple of challenges before flicking the ball through for Benzema. The Frenchman lashes a left-footed strike at goal but his attempt is intercepted by the Levante man, who makes up some amount of ground to make the tackle.
Well, not much. Ivanschitz looks to swing the set-piece in from the flank but Sergio Ramos rises high to bullet the ball out of the danger area.
They've just earned a free kick in a useful position down the right-hand side, though. Let's see what they can make of it.
Los Blancos are just warming to proceedings now. Modric and Khedira are beginning to take a foothold of the match in midfield and as a result, Levante have moved deep into their own half.
Baba Diawara picks up the ball on a great position in the inside-right channel and gallops towards the Madrid defence. He looks to shift the ball past Sergio Ramos but the Madrid captain claws it away with a solid tackle on the edge of the box. The Levante fans are demanding a foul but it was a fair challenge.
Superb start to the match from the hosts here. They are winning everything in central midfield and picking up the second balls too. Madrid yet to get going.
Excellent work by Xumetra! The Levante winger skips past Coentrao and bursts down the right-hand side, before eventually earning a throw-in out of Sergio Ramos. He earns a clap from his fans.
DIAWARAAAAA!! The Senegalese striker attempts to loft the ball over Diego Lopez from just inside the Madrid half! Not the worst attempt, but speculative to say the least!
There's no way the official seen that one, he definitely would have punished the Madrid man.
Ohhh that's a shocker of a challenge from Coentrao! The Portuguese raked his studs down the shins of Ruben but the referee fails to brandish a red or yellow card! Could easily have been either!
We are under way in Valencia!
Prior to that victory last season, Madrid had not won - or even scored - on their previous three trips to the Ciutat de Valencia.
The 20-year-old features on the bench tonight for Los Blancos.
In their last four trips to the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia, Real Madrid have won just once, although that came last season courtesy of a 2-1 triumph, which was sealed by a late Alvaro Morata goal.
Some encouraging stats for Levante fans...
Levante are in decent form heading into the clash. Joaquin Caparros' men have only been on the losing side once this season, and that was a 7-0 drubbing away to Barcelona.
Three notable absentees for Los Blancos tonight are Pepe, Xabi Alonso, and world-record signing Gareth Bale, who all miss out through injury.
Carlo Ancelotti's men will no doubt still be reeling from their disappointing derby defeat last weekend to Atletico at Santiago Bernabeu, but did notch up a solid 4-0 victory against Copenhagen in the Champions League midweek.
Levante (4-2-3-1): Navas; Pedro Lopez, Hector Rodas, David Navarro, Juanfran; Diop, Simao Mate; Xumetra, Ivanschitz, Ruben Garcia; Baba.
Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Diego Lopez; Arbeloa, Varane, Ramos, Coentrao; Khedira, Modric; Di Maria, Isco, Ronaldo; Benzema.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be reporting on this La Liga action tonight!
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