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November 12, 2012 4:30 AM MYT
Estadio Ciudad de Valencia — Valencia
Referee:‬ César Muñiz‎
Attendance:‬ 20805‎
 
62′ Ángel
 
Morata 84′
Top of the Match
Morata
Morata
Real Madrid CF
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF
Flop of the Match
David Navarro
David Navarro
Levante UD
David Navarro
David Navarro
Levante UD

Levante 1-2 Real Madrid: Morata to the rescue for Mourinho's men

The 20-year-old forward bagged his first goal for Los Blancos with a late header that ensured his side took all three points after Xabi Alonso's penalty miss

By Tom Webber

Levante v Real Madrid
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Real Madrid battled their way to a 2-1 win over Levante in appalling conditions at the Ciudat de Valencia stadium.

Cristiano Ronaldo gave the reigning Liga champions a first-half lead but Angel popped up with an equaliser midway through the second-half.

Xabi Alonso missed from the spot as Los Blancos looked to be heading for a disappointing draw, but Alvaro Morata netted his first goal for the club when he headed in a late winner for the visitors.

A waterlogged pitch made for a difficult start to the game and after one early shot, Ronaldo was forced to leave the pitch for treatment following a blow to the eye.

Levante pushed forward, eager to capitalise on their temporary numerical advantage, but Juanlu was unable to convert their best opportunity as he blazed over from 10 yards out.

Given the dreadful nature of the pitch, both teams resorted to playing the long ball and it was perhaps predictable that the first goal would only come as a result of a set-piece.

Sergio Ballesteros failed to deal with Alonso's dead-ball delivery and his header fell to Ronaldo, who controlled with his thigh before lashing a volley into the roof of the net with 21 minutes played.

The weather continued to hinder the flow of the game and clearly content with the one-goal advantage, Jose Mourinho withdrew Ronaldo at the break and replaced him with Raul Albiol.

However, the change almost backfired immediately. Within two minutes of the restart the former Valencia man failed to close down Juanlu quickly enough and his blushes were only spared by a magnificent stop from Iker Casillas.

Madrid soon settled again and started to threaten the Levante goal, hitting the crossbar twice before the hour mark.

Firstly, Pepe was afforded too much space from a corner, but his header came crashing back off the woodwork. Then, as Munua failed to claim a corner from the right, Sergio Ramos' back-heel was deflected onto the bar by Pape Diop.

But, the profligacy of Mourinho's side came back to bite them as Jose Barkero's pass was flicked over the defence by Obafemi Martins. Substitute Angel got on the end of it, held off the challenge of Pepe, and lifted the ball over Casillas and into the net.

The visitors were then handed a golden opportunity to take the lead in the 73rd minute, when Ballesteros brought down Jose Callejon on the edge of the box and a debatable penalty was awarded. Alonso took on the responsibility of the spot-kick, but Munua guessed right and parried the shot aside.

Unperturbed, the hosts continued to press and an error from Albiol was pounced upon by Juanlu. He picked up the loose ball and charged into the area but failed to pick out the far corner.

Yet, there was still to be one more twist in the tale in the 84th minute. Another quality free kick from Alonso found the head of Morata who nodded in the winner, leaving Madrid in third position and eight points adrift of Barcelona.


Levante UD

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Gustavo Munúa
Goalkeeper
72′
3.50
3
David Navarro
Defender
1.50
12
2.50
18
Ballesteros
Defender
9′
3.00
19
Pedro López
Defender
71′
2.50
-
Barkero
Midfielder
86′
3.00
25
Nabil El Zhar
Midfielder
45′ 55′
2.50
10
Iborra
Midfielder
42′
3.00
8
Juanlu
Midfielder
57′
3.50
-
Diop
Striker
86′
3.00
9
3.00

Real Madrid CF

3.50
1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
2.50
3
Pepe
Defender
3.50
4
3.50
5
3.00
17
Arbeloa
Defender
70′
3.00
11
Mesut Özil
Midfielder
83′
3.00
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
72′ 84′
3.00
-
Michael Essien
Midfielder
3.00
22
3.50
7
3.50
7

Substitutes

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K. Navas
Goalkeeper
 - 
5
 - 
2
 - 
14
 - 
24
Míchel
Midfielder
86′
 - 
-
Rubén
Midfielder
86′
 - 
-
Ángel
Striker
55′ 62′
3.50

Substitutes

 - 
1
Adàn
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
2.50
33
 - 
18
 - 
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
3.50
22
Kaká
Midfielder
70′
4.00
21
Morata
Striker
83′ 84′

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
26 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0