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Played
October 5, 2013 7:00 PM BST
Estadio Ciudad de Valencia — Valencia
Referee:‬ José González‎
Attendance:‬ 24102‎
 
57′ Baba Diawara
Sergio Ramos 61′
Morata 90′
 
C. Ronaldo 90+4′
Top of the Match
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF
C. Ronaldo
C. Ronaldo
Real Madrid CF
Flop of the Match
Fabio Coentrao
Fabio Coentrao
Real Madrid CF
Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema
Real Madrid CF

Levante 2-3 Real Madrid: Ronaldo rescues Blancos right at the death

Los Blancos looked set to be heading for a shock defeat in Valencia but Morata levelled matters in the 90th minute before the Portuguese popped up with a late winner

JORDI XUMETRA ALVARO ARBELOA LEVANTE REAL MADRID LA LIGA 10052013
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Cristiano Ronaldo scored an injury-time winner as Real Madrid twice came from behind in a dramatic 3-2 victory over Levante on Saturday night.

Going into the match, Levante coach Joaquin Caparros had only won a single league match against Real from a possible 12 and his side looked capable of improving on that run as they took a 57th-minute lead through Baba Diawara.

Ramos levelled things before Nabil El Zhar restored the hosts' lead in the 86th minute, but Alvaro Morata and Ronaldo scored to give Real what looked like an unlikely win.

The hosts came into the fixture unbeaten in their last six and coach Joaquin Caparros made just the three changes from their win over Osasuna, as David Navarro, Jordi Xumetra and Andreas Ivanschitz returned.

Carlo Ancelotti continued his rotation policy as he made five changes from the Champions League win over Copenhagen in midweek.

Iker Casillas, Pepe, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal and Asier Illarramendi all dropped to the bench, as Diego Lopez, Alvaro Arbeloa, Ramos, Fabio Coentrao and Isco came into the side.

Levante started the match confidently and on-loan Sevilla forward Diawara tried to catch former team-mate Lopez off his line with an effort from around 35 yards, but the shot flew just over.

A minute before the break Lopez was the visitors' saviour as Baba hit a ferocious half-volley towards goal from range, but the keeper tipped it over the bar in dramatic fashion.

After cutting in from the right, Ronaldo struck the outside of the post in the 53rd minute with a left-footed shot and Levante made the most of their luck by opening the scoring.

Xumetra chipped a wonderful diagonal pass over the Madrid defence and Baba guided the ball past Lopez for only his second Liga goal since May 2012.

They were not ahead for long, however, as Real restored parity in the 61st minute. Di Maria whipped an inviting corner towards the back post and Ramos stuck a foot out to direct it past Keilor Navas and into the goal.

Ancelotti's side were piling on the pressure by the 70th minute and Marcelo should have given them the lead, but he somehow missed the target from eight yards out following an excellent cutback from substitute Alvaro Morata.

El Zhar looked to have won the match for Levante with four minutes left as he held off his marker before shooting past Lopez, but the hosts would end up disappointed.

Morata showed quick feet in the area before firing past Navas and then Ronaldo appeared in stoppage time to find the net via a wicked deflection, extending their unbeaten run away from home to 11 matches.


Levante

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K. Navas
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
David Navarro
Defender
3.00
5
Héctor Rodas
Defender
3.00
12
2.50
19
Pedro López
Defender
80′
3.00
-
Rubén
Midfielder
88′
3.00
-
Xumi
Midfielder
57′ 68′
3.50
-
Diop
Striker
3.00
-
Simão
Midfielder
3.00
-
Baba Diawara
Striker
57′ 78′
3.50
25
Andreas Ivanschitz
Midfielder
3.00

Real Madrid CF

3.00
25
3.00
2
3.00
4
2.50
5
2.50
17
Arbeloa
Defender
50′
3.00
6
Sami Khedira
Midfielder
43′
3.00
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
94′
3.00
22
3.00
23
Isco
Midfielder
69′
3.50
7
C. Ronaldo
Midfielder
94′ 94′
3.00
9

Substitutes

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Javi Jiménez
Goalkeeper
 - 
24
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
25
Nabil El Zhar
Midfielder
68′ 86′
3.50
7
 - 
-
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
 - 
3
Pepe
Defender
3.00
12
Marcelo
Defender
59′
 - 
15
 - 
24
3.50
20
3.50
21
Morata
Striker
69′ 90′

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
C. Ronaldo C. Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
26 4
Messi Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0