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Real Madrid 3-0 Levante

Real Madrid v Levante

La Liga leaders Real Madrid maintained their control of the Spanish title race with a ruthless win against Levante.

Cristiano Ronaldo jumped highest to powerfully head in Angel Di Maria's left-wing corner and Marcelo doubled their lead shortly after the restart.

The Brazil left-back created space with a cute stepover and curled into the far corner before Levante were reduced to 10 men after David Navarro's dismissal.

Nikos Karabelas then slid into his own goal as Real moved three points clear.

After rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid both played on Saturday, focus switched back to Real in a three-way title battle which is showing no signs of losing intensity.

Carlo Ancelotti's side began the game in second place after Atletico had moved top, courtesy of their superior head-to-head record against their neighbours, with a 2-0 win at Celta Vigo.

Reigning champions Barcelona were a further point behind the pair after a shock 1-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Real Valladolid.

It meant Real Madrid went into the Bernabeu contest knowing the destination of the title was firmly in their own hands.

Los Blancos, who are now unbeaten in 29 matches across all competitions, will regain the title from Barcelona if they manage to win each of their remaining games, including their home 'El Clasico' match against Barca on 23 March.

Marcelo doubled Real Madrid's lead shortly after the restart
Marcelo doubled Real lead shortly after the restart

And anything other than a home victory against mid-table Levante rarely looked in doubt. The hosts began at a ferocious pace and played with an assurance and swagger that continued throughout a dominant display.

After piling on the early pressure, Real found the breakthrough when Ballon d'Or winner Ronaldo climbed above a static away defence to nod in his 38th goal of the season.

Real continued to dictate the tempo and, although Levante regained their composure to provide some resistance, goalkeeper Keylor Navas had to produce several superb saves before half-time.

His defiance lasted less than four minutes after the restart, though, as Real opened up a deserved two-goal cushion.

Marcelo scampered down the left flank and played a neat one-two with Ronaldo before producing a sublime piece of skill - and the finish to match - to score his first Real goal since September 2012.

Levante's uphill task was made even harder when defender Navarro was shown a straight red card for a crude challenge on Ronaldo.

Real continued to press with their numerical advantage, without showing their previous urgency, as Levante struggled to keep the hosts at bay.

And the pressure finally told when Greek left-back Karabelas haplessly diverted Marcelo's left-wing cross past team-mate Navas.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 25López
  • 15Carvajal
  • 12Marcelo
  • 14Alonso
  • 2VaraneSubstituted forNachoat 69'minutes
  • 4RamosBooked at 54mins
  • 19ModricSubstituted forIscoat 74'minutes
  • 22Di MaríaBooked at 58mins
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 82'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 3Pepe
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 21Morata
  • 23Isco
  • 24Illarramendi

Levante

  • 1Navas
  • 6VyntraBooked at 58mins
  • 15Karabelas
  • 22Sissoko
  • 4NavarroBooked at 64mins
  • 12García García
  • 19López Muñoz
  • 14PallardóBooked at 62minsSubstituted forEl Adouaat 69'minutes
  • 7BarralSubstituted forRodríguez Díazat 87'minutes
  • 18da Silva PintoSubstituted forGómez Fernándezat 74'minutes
  • 21Ivanschitz

Substitutes

  • 8El Zhar
  • 9Rodríguez Díaz
  • 11García Santos
  • 13Jiménez Camarero
  • 16El Adoua
  • 17Xumetra
  • 25Gómez Fernández
Referee:
Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Attendance:
74,172

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamLevante
Possession
Home72%
Away28%
Shots
Home25
Away6
Shots on Target
Home10
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Levante 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Levante 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

  4. Post update

    Daniel Carvajal went off injured after Real Madrid had used all subs.

  5. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  6. Post update

    Delay in match Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

  8. Post update

    Ángel (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) hits the bar with a header from the right side of the six yard box. Assisted by Marcelo with a cross.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Xabi Alonso tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Levante. Ángel replaces David Barral.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Isco.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

  14. Post update

    Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Pedro López (Levante).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Karim Benzema.

  18. Goal!

    Own Goal by Nikos Karabelas, Levante. Real Madrid 3, Levante 0.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

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