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Copa del Rey
December 22, 2010
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: Javier Turienzo Álvarez
• Attendance: 60000
K. Benzema 6', 32', 69'
M. Özil 10'
Cristiano Ronaldo 45', 72', 74'
Pedro León 89'
Real Madrid have crushed Levante in a game they dominated from start to finish. Two hat-tricks from Benzema and Ronaldo will see them tussle it out for the match ball in the changing room but both were excellent like the rest of their peers. Iker Casillas had a quiet night as Madrid did all the attacking. Some of the football was ever so beautiful and their finishing was clinical. Levante were sloppy in defence and they have been punished. Terrific performance from Jose Mourinho's side and they are certain of a place in the last eight despite the second-leg. I'm Ross Mackiewicz and I bid you goodnight. Stay tuned on Goal.com for post-match reaction.
GOAALLLL!!! IT'S PEDRO LEON WHO TAPS IN THE REBOUND FROM MORATTA WHO DID BRILLIANTLY TO WORK THE SPACE AND FIND THE SHOT BUT WAS DENIED BY A GREAT SAVE FROM MUNUA. THE YOUNGSTER DID BRILLIANTLY TO CREATE THE OPPORTUNITY.
Madrid look dangerous each and every time they proceed forward.
Very nearly 8-0 as Morata is presented with the ball just inside the eighteen-yard box but he steers it wide.
Real have been excellent and this tie is well and truly done!
TORRES!!! WHAT A STUNNING STRIKE FROM LONG RANGE AS IT CLIPS THE TOP OF THE NET. SO UNLUCKY!
Yellow CardAsier Del Horno
Youngster Morata replaces Benzema who receives a standing ovation. He has been excellent tonight!
Three goals in quick succession! Levante have crumbled and Madrid are exploiting their weakness.
THIS IS INCREDIBLE! RONALDO!!!! HAT-TRICK JUST LIKE BENZEMA! IT'S 7-0. HE GLIDES DOWN THE LEFT FOLLOWING A BEAUTIFUL ONE-TWO WITH BENZEMA AND THE PORTUGAL STAR BLASTS THE BALL PAST A HELPLESS MUNUA.
RONALDO!!! ITS 6-0! ASSISTED YET AGAIN BY DI MARIA WHO HAS BEEN EXCELLENT. THE ARGENTINE AGAIN DOWN THE RIGHT TRIES TO GO ROUND THE KEEPER BUT HE GETS A FINGERTIP TO IT BUT CANT PREVENT THE FOLLOW UP PASS TO RONALDO WHO SMASHES IT IN FROM CLOSE RANGE. CREDIT TO DI MARIA AND HIS PERSISTENCE.
BENZEMA!!! HAT-TRICK!!! WHAT A BEAUTIFUL STUNNING GOAL! ANGEL DI MARIA DOWN THE RIGHT FLANK FOOLS THE LEVANTE DEFENCE AS HE COMES INSIDE ON THE EDGE OF THE EIGHTEEN YARD BOX AND DILIGENTLY FLICKS THE BALL INTO THE AIR AND BENZEMA LOOPS IT INTO THE NET. GORGEOUS GOAL, CREDIT TO DI MARIA.
Not as much goalmouth action like the opening half but Madrid are playing some beautiful stuff at times.
Levante can't get out their own half. Madrid continue to keep possession.
Del Horno needs to be careful, he has continuously fouled Madrid players throughout this game and escapes without caution. Di Maria was on the end of his latest untimely challenge.
Benzema's effort is chalked off for offside. He did look to be a fraction off but another accomplished finish nevertheless.
DI MARIA SHOOTS JUST WIDE! Lassana Diarra looks as if he's been playing at right-back all his life as he does brilliantly to bring the ball down in mid-flight and proceeds down the flank before playing in Ronaldo who then plays in the Argentinian just outside the 'D'.
Yellow CardKarim Benzema
Yellow CardKarim Benzema
Benzema goes down holding his face and confronts Robuste. The Frenchman shows signs of blood on his face. Clearly there must of been contact.
Benzema is so unlucky he latches onto Marcelo's ball and impressively stays on his feet despite the evident tug on his shoulder by the Levante defender but the goalkeeper rushes out and denies him.
BRILLIANT FROM RONALDO! He bamboozles the Levante defence to use his power and bulldozes his way through but his shot is deflected over the bar. Could easily have been 5-0.
Away goals do indeed count in the Copa del Rey don't forget so if Levante were to pull one back you never know!
Diarra still operating as a makeshift fullback in the place of Ramos. Many of us were fooled believing Jose would operate a 3-5-2 but he does in fact utilise a back four.
The game has resumed.
Real Madrid have made this look so easy in the opening period, they are in total control and this tie looks as good as over. Its a case of Levante seeking damage limitation with Real looking rampant and at this rate you can only see the scoreline increasing. Join us for the second period!
And that is half-time!
Yellow CardEsteban Granero
GOOAAALLLL!!!! RONALDO!!!! ANOTHER MISTAKE FROM LEVANTE SEE'S BENZEMA FEED ON THE LOOSE PICKINGS AND OOZES DOWN THE LEFT IN ACRES OF SPACE BEFORE ROLLING THE BALL ACROSS THE SIX YARD BOX FOR AN EASY TAP IN! 4-0!
As we approach half-time Madrid have been very rarely troubled. They are in total control.
Tantaslising ball in from di Maria. He has become a pivotal figure in this Madrid set-up. He really has settled brilliantly to life in Spain.
GRANERO! Fine effort from the youngster who sets himself up brilliantly with his chest and strikes the ball furiously but the keeper does well to parry away.
Los Blancos just keeping the ball with ease.
The game, aswell as the tie is as good as over. It will be a case of Levante seeking damage limitation.
This will do Benzema the world of good to repair that damaged confidence of his. He has been very cool in front of goal tonight and will now be seeking his second hat-trick of the season!
Yellow CardÁngel Di María
BENZEMA!!!! GOOAAAALLLLLL!!!!! 3-0!!! THE FRENCHMAN IS RUTHLESS IN FRONT OF GOAL TONIGHT. HE PICKS UP THE LOOSE BALL AS CERRA FAILS TO DEAL WITH THE THROUGH PASS AND THE MADRID MAN ROUNDS THE KEEPER AND COOLLY SLOTS THE BALL HOME. GAME-OVER.
DI MARIA! Stunning play from the Argentine star. He picks the ball up on the right skips past a number of defenders with some diligent step-overs, cuts inside but blazes the ball just over. Great effort. Ozil and Diarra also pivotal in that move with their passing in the build-up.
BENZEMA!! Terrific save from Munua who gets a big left hand to deny the Frenchman's placed shot which looked bounded for the bottom left hand corner of the net. Great pass from Ronaldo to seek the chance.
To their credit Levante are showing heart as they give the Los Blanocs midfield the run around as they play some high tempo passing in possession. It will be impossible for them to prolong this kind of football so they need to make the most of it.
Del Horno with a free header in the box via a set-piece from the left hand side. He really should of tested Casillas.
Yellow CardRaúl Albiol
Segio from the resulting free-kick doesn't make the most of it as it hits the wall. Casillas then easily gathers the follow up effort on goal which is his first save of the night.
Caicedo with a brilliant run and wins a free-kick on the edge of the area. His initiative there was exactly what Levante needed to lift their spirits.
Ronaldo smashes another free-kick but this time it's blocked by the Levante wall. It was ever so close to being a penalty as the ball was teed up on the paintwork of the eighteen yard box.
Del Horno does brilliantly to strike the volley on his left foot and it looked goal bound until it was blocked by Pepe.
ALONSO! SMASHES THE BALL OVER! He cant divert his swivelled volley on goal from Ronaldo's headed knock-down via the corner.
RONALDO! Another trademark free-kick by the Madrid man and the goalkeeper does well to parry the effort away to his right.
Madrid may very wrap up this two legged tie tonight. Levante are overawed by their opponents. They are being dominated!
Yellow CardGustavo Munúa
Levante are incensed, they believe Ronaldo committed a foul in the build-up to create the goal. Nevertheless the Portuguese superstar was ever so unselfish to play in Ozil.
2-0!!! ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC FROM RONALDO TO TEE UP MESUT OZIL. RONALDO BREAKS ONTO ANOTHER LOOSE BALL AND DRIVES DOWN ON GOAL BEFORE PLACING THE BALL ACROSS THE TURF TOWARDS THE GERMAN IN THE EIGHTEEN YARD BOX WHO FEINTS THE GOALKEEPER AND SMASHES THE BALL HOME. ANOTHER BRILLIANT GOAL.
Karim Benzema showed his class there. He makes up for his earlier miss with a piece of genius. His movement and ball control along with his step-overs to cut onto his right foot were exemplary. That will please his coach who tonight adorns the ever popular snood to brave the bitter cold conditions in the capital.
OOHHH GOOOAAAAALLLLL!!! BENZEMA!!! A PIECE OF SOLO GENIUS FROM THE FRENCHMAN WHO PLACES THE BALL PAST MUNUA AS HE PICKS UP ON A LOOSE BALL TO GO OUT WIDE BEFORE PROCEEDING INTO THE BOX, CUTTING INSIDE ONTO HIS RIGHT FOOT AND SLOTS THE BALL HOME. FANTASTIC GOAL!
Madrid pressing early on! They are dominating this early period in possession.
BENZEMA!!!! Oh brilliant football right from the get go as di Maria plays in Ronaldo who diligently flicks the ball back back to the Frenchman who steers the ball wide on the half volley. Really for a man of his expertise he should have scored. Great football though.
Very strong team for Los Blancos tonight signalling their intent to win tonights clash.
And we are under-way!
Mourinho will be hoping for a victory here upon the 2nd leg in the first week of 2011.
Levante: Munua, Del Horno, Cerra, Robuste, Sergio, Munoz, Juanlu, Pallardo, Torres, Caicedo.
Real Madrid: Casillas, Marcelo, Pepe, Albiol, Alonso, Diarra, Granero, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Teams are in!
Hola and welcome to this Cop del Rey encounter between Real Madrid and Levante. Jose Mourinho sees this competition as a real opportunity for Los Blancos to claim some silverware and will be eager for his side to advance into the latter stages. Tonight he has sent out the big guns in Cristiano Ronaldo and company and the fans of The Whites will hope they deliver. I’m Ross Mackiewicz and I’ll be participating in tonight’s commentary.
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