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February 19, 2011
• Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Referee: José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
• Attendance: 60000
K. Benzema 7'
Ricardo Carvalho 41'
Full time at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid defeat Levante with a goal each from Karim Benzema and Ricardo Carvalho. Thank you for joining us on Goal.com !
The away side seem to be resigned to defeat now , Real Madrid are controlling possession easily without much resistance.
Levante have found themselves in decent positions in the Real Madrid half but bad first touches and a lack of urgency have stopped any potential attacks.
Real Madrid make their final substitution as Fernando Gago comes on to replace goalscorer Karim Benzema.
Levante with a good spell of play in the final third but David Cerra wastes the opportunity with a very poorly executed cross to the far post that goes out for a goal kick.
Yellow Card Ballesteros
A quick freekick as Ozil lays the ball off for Diarra who drives the ball off a Levante defender for another Real Madrid corner.
Freekick opportunity for Madrid after the Levante captain handles the ball just outside of the area.
Adrián Sixto Lois
The game is all Real Madrid at the moment, they are looking to put this game well beyond Levante.
Great play from Real Madrid on the edge of the Levante box. Ozil , Benzema and Ronaldo linking up for the Portuguese to attempt a shot but the impressive Munua saves the ball at his feet.
Ángel Di María
Real Madrid may be looking to rest players for their Champions League game during the week as Kaka and Di Maria are brought off to be replaced by Adebayor and Mesut Ozil.
Perhaps Levante should have been more adventurous and brought on Stuani to partner Caicedo up front instead of replace.
Caicedo comes off to be replaced by Stuani , a straight swap up front for Levante.
Ronaldo manages to get his freekick over the Levante wall but the shot flashes wide of the left hand post.
Levante will need to be more effective with the possession that they are receiving. Real Madrid are not pressing to intensely and they made be able to take advantage of the space.
The game is being played at a very slow tempo at the moment, this will suit Real Madrid who will now be looking to see the match out.
Real Madrid are easily keeping possession at the moment, Levante will need to be slightly more ambitious if they are to get anything from the game.
Jefferson Montero has came on for Levante. The on-loan Villarreal player will add some attacking flair to their forward line.
Very good defending from Del Horno as Ronaldo picks the ball up on the right hand side and bears down upon the Levante goal but the defender stretches out a leg to for a brilliant sliding tackle.
Yellow Card Lassana Diarra
Kaka has been unable to get in to the game so far for Real Madrid, he has had a lot of possession on the left hand side but he has bee largely wasteful so far.
Great defending by Sergio Ramos as he snuffs out the threat of Valdo on the left hand side for Levante.
Chance for Real Madrid as Benzema gets in behind the Levante defence to reverse a pass back to the penalty spot which Khedira manages to turn back to the goal but Munua easily saves.
Levante are again enjoying a spell of possession but are finding themselves unable to establish a link between the midfield and attack.
Levante will perhaps have to consider a change in tactics, Caicedo is fairly isolated as the lone striker at the moment.
Real Madrid have made a bright start to the second half, they are continuing to press the Levante midfield at a high tempo.
The second half has kicked off. Levante have a lot of work to do to save this game, Real Madrid will look to build upon their first half lead.
Half time at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid lead 2-0 and seem to be in cruise control.
45' + 2'
Ronaldo drives hit attempt right in to the Levante wall and it bounces away to safety.
Yellow Card Felipe Caicedo
Chance for Ronaldo with a freekick.
Fantastic time to score for Real Madrid, they have a comfortable lead going in to half time without really playing to their very best.
Assist C. Ronaldo
Goal Ricardo Carvalho
Cristiano Ronaldo drives in a free kick from the left hand side and Ricardo Carvalho pushes the ball over the line from a yard. Very bad defending from Levante !
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL for Real Madrid !
Chance for Real Madrid with a free kick from the left hand side of the Levante box.
The away defence are enjoying a bit of rest at the moment , Caicedo and the forward line are keeping possession looking to find an opening.
Levante are penned in at the moment and Real Madrid are getting a succession of corner kicks.
Unlucky from Marcelo as the left back finds himself just outside the Levante box, and attempts to curl a ball with his right foot into the far post but the Brazilian slices his attempt.
Yellow Card Sergio Ramos
Levante have eleven players behind the ball at the moment as Real Madrid try to find a defence splitting pass.
Considering that Levante conceded a goal very early, they have done well to negate any further threat from Los Blancos.
Real Madrid are controlling possession at the moment, and look to be biding their time as to when they will launch a meaningful attack.
Levante may think themselves as being unlucky to be behind at the moment. They have defended well but were undone by a fabulous run by Angel Di Maria.
Great save from Munua as Di Maria cuts inside from the right and bends a shot that was bound for the far post but the Levante goalkeeper manages to turn the ball round the post.
Cristiano Ronaldo unlucky as he tries to lob Munua with a first time shot after a pass over the top of the Levante defence.
Levante are enjoying their first spell of sustained possession in the match.
It has been a very good start to the game from Real Madrid but the tempo of the game has just dropped slightly.
Unlucky from Ronaldo with a glancing header from twelve yards that just flashes over the crossbar.
First glimpse of Cristiano Ronaldo in the game, cutting inside from the right and pulling a shot with his left foot just by the right hand post.
Torres with a set-piece opportunity for Levante from the left hand side but it is very wasteful and Adan lets the ball go out for a goal kick.
Levante have been unable to get into the game so far, Felipe Caicedo is struggling to hold up the ball for the away side.
Real Madrid have been impressive in the opening stages, they are playing with a lot of swagger and confidence.
Assist Ángel Di María
Goal Karim Benzema
Karim Benzema scores a tap in from close range after some wonderful wing play from Di Maria in which the Argentinian took on three Levante defenders !
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL for Real Madrid !
Real Madrid goalkeeper Antonio Adan makes his full La Liga debut tonight in place of suspended Iker Casillas.
Real Madrid are controlling the possession in the opening minutes of play.
The pitch is very wet due to weather conditions and this may suit the counter attacking play of Real Madrid.
The game has now kicked off and hopefully we will see some chances and goals at the Bernabeu.
Jose Mourinho is now unbeaten in 147 home games which stretches over a nine year period. The Portuguese tactician will be looking to extend this record in order to get closer to league leaders Barcelona.
This is how Levante will be lining up tonight: Munua, Del Horno, Nano, Ballesteros, Cerra, Juanfran, Iborra, Torres, Valdo, Caicedo, Munoz.
This is the first eleven of Real Madrid: Adán, Ramos, Carvalho, Albiol, Marcelo, Diarra, Khedira, Di María, Kaká, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.
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