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September 18, 2011 7:00 PM BST
Estadio Ciudad de Valencia — Valencia
Referee:‬ Javier Turienzo Álvarez‎
Attendance:‬ 18000‎
 
68′ Arouna Kone
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Levante 1-0 Real Madrid

Arouna Kone scores the only goal of the game as Jose Mourinho's side stutter to defeat after midfielder Sami Khedira was sent off for a second bookable offence

By Jonathan Birchall & Paul Macdonald

  • Gustavo Munúa
    8
    6
    2.50

    Gustavo Munúa

    Started shakily, fumbling from Di Maria’s free-kick on the eighth minute and then getting caught in no-man’s land a quarter of an hour later. Was protected well by his defenders throughout a wholly unconvincing performance.

  • Javi Venta
    13
    4
    3.50

    Javi Venta

    The veteran full-back used all of his experience to halt the progress of Marcelo, and produced a supremely accomplished performance as the Valencia side strode to victory.

  • Ballesteros
    12
    5
    3.50

    Ballesteros

    The rotund defender may have an increasing waistline but his defensive awareness remains as sharp as ever. Made a number of crucial interceptions to thwart Madrid as they attempted to slice Levante open. Khedira's shove on him led to the German's red card.

  • Nano
    12
    4
    3.50

    Nano

    Like Ballesteros, was a tower of strength in the centre of the back four, averting danger with brave headers and powerful challenges.

  • Juan García García
    10
    4
    3.50

    Juan García García

    The left-back fought superbly against the trickery of Di Maria, but his need to become embroiled in petty arguments with Madrid players took the shine from an otherwise impressive performance.

  • Xavi Torres
    8
    4
    3.00

    Xavi Torres

    The on-loan Malaga man struggled to contain Kaka’s advances in the opening half but his confidence was restored in the second as he provided a firm showing deep in midfield to break up the visitors’ counter-attacks. A fine effort.

  • Iborra
    7
    4
    3.50

    Iborra

    Midfielder played his part in the fracas that led to Khedira's dismissal, and was extremely fortunate not to be punished for what appeared to be a cast-iron handball in the area in the second half.

  • Valdo
    10
    4
    3.00

    Valdo

    Booked in part of the first-half melee but delivered a performance of real class against his boyhood club, making all the right runs to stretch the visiting defence.

  • Barkero
    8
    3
    3.50

    Barkero

    On occasion nervous in possession and chose the wrong option, but when his side held the man advantage he ensured that Levante retained the ball better and forced Madrid to become frustrated.

  • Juanlu
    8
    4
    3.50

    Juanlu

    A very lively presence throughout, working tirelessly in the first half and providing a real outlet down the left, especially after Madrid had been reduced to 10 men. An impressive performance and a constant threat.

  • Arouna Kone
    28
    10
    3.50

    Arouna Kone Top of the Match

    Picked out by Goal.com as our player to watch in the match preview, and the on-loan Sevilla striker duly delivered for his side, lashing home the winner from close range to round off a hard-working, unselfish display from the lone striker.

Substitutions

  • Rubén Suárez
    6
    3
    3.00

    Rubén Suárez

    Came on with 17 minutes left, worked hard and looked lively as the home side continued to cause Madrid problems on the break.

  • Pallardó
    7
    3
    3.00

    Pallardó

    A late substitute. Came on with six minutes left and was immediately booked, but a cool head as Levante needed all of their experience to hang on for the win.

  • Carlos Aranda
    10
    3
    0.00

    Carlos Aranda

    Only came on for the last eight minutes, but the summer signing looked lively and produced a moment of brilliance as he turned Coentrao inside out, went past Carvalho and forced Casillas to punch the ball clear somewhat unconvincingly.

  • Iker Casillas
    27
    12
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    Looked assured under Levante’s balls into the box and pulled off a fine save shortly before the hour mark to keep out Iborre’s rasping long-range effort. Could do very little to keep out Kone’s strike and was otherwise solid.

  • Fabio Coentrao
    24
    23
    3.00

    Fabio Coentrao

    A committed effort from the former Benfica man who looked comfortable with the ball in midfield, holding up the ball well and building attacks alongside Kaka in the first half. Showed good vision in calmly playing in Benzema early on but saw the strike cleared off the line by Ballesteros.

  • Ricardo Carvalho
    11
    20
    2.50

    Ricardo Carvalho

    The former Chelsea man looked sluggish compared to his central defensive partner at the Estadio Ciutat de Valencia, getting caught flat-footed throughout by Valdo as the home side went for the jugular on the break in the second half.

  • Marcelo
    12
    21
    2.50

    Marcelo

    Was generally solid and decent going forward, but was pulled horribly out of position for the goal and replaced by Mesut Ozil as Madrid sought a way back into the game in the last 20 minutes.

  • Pepe
    17
    18
    2.50

    Pepe

    Was booked after losing his head and pushing Xavi Torres in the back shortly after the home side took the lead but pulled out a vital challenge to stop a dangerous ball from Valdo into the area to keep his side in it. Mistimed run led to Benzema’s early effort being ruled out for offside but a committed display from the Portugal international.

  • Sergio Ramos
    15
    12
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Made a number of breaks forward to trouble Javi Venta down the right flank but grew frustrated with the somewhat dramatic reactions of the home side under tackles and lagged towards the end.

  • Ángel Di María
    19
    30
    3.50

    Ángel Di María

    At times showed impeccable control but his ludicrous overreaction to the merest touch to his face instigated the brawl that led to Khedira's dismissal. His playacting ultimately proved detrimental to his own team.

  • Xabi Alonso
    17
    18
    2.50

    Xabi Alonso

    The grass seemed a little long at the Ciutat de Valencia, and it didn't suit the former Liverpool man, who likes to keep the ball on the ground. Uncharacteristic misplaced passes proved the order of the day for the midfielder.

  • Sami Khedira
    19
    43
    2.00

    Sami Khedira Flop of the Match

    The Germany international looked typically solid in the centre of the park, breaking up the play as Levante looked to counter but was sent off shortly before half time for foolishly pushing Ballesteros having already been booked.

  • Karim Benzema
    22
    16
    3.00

    Karim Benzema

    Looked to have supplied his side the opener after only eight minutes but saw the strike ruled out after Pepe was ruled offside. Typically lively in the area, finding gaps in between Nano and Ballesteros but possibly should’ve scored with the goal at his mercy following a Munua error in the 23rd minute.

  • Kaká
    39
    14
    2.50

    Kaká

    Worked hard and offered glimpses of some good link-up play with Coentrao in the first half but despite showing promise, it never quite clicked for the Brazilian, who was eventually substituted on the hour mark for Gonzalo Higuain.

Substitutions

  • Mesut Özil
    26
    19
    3.00

    Mesut Özil

    Came on for Marcelo after the goal and tried his luck straight away with a wayward long-range effort. Struggled along with his team-mates in a frustrating last 20 minutes for Madrid.

  • Gonzalo Higuaín
    15
    21
    2.50

    Gonzalo Higuaín

    Came on as a substitute as Kaka began to tire but was feeding off scraps as Madrid toiled with a man down. He looked to be in on goal at one stage, but took too long to get a left-footed shot away from the edge of the box and saw his effort blocked.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    31
    37
    3.00

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Was brought on for Benzema at the break to inject a creative spark to his lumbering side but never really delivered the required impact. Wasted a couple of free-kick opportunities following his introduction but nearly played in Di Maria late on and was left frustrated to see nobody get on the end of a dangerous looking cross as the seconds ticked down.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0