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Levante 0-5 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has now scored 10 times in his past four La Liga matches

Real Madrid warmed up for their Champions League game at Liverpool on Wednesday with a convincing La Liga victory at struggling Levante.

Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a penalty after Juanfran fouled Javier Hernandez, who then put his side 2-0 ahead with a close-range header.

Ronaldo finished off a counter-attack for his 10th goal in four league games.

James Rodriguez then scored from Toni Kroos's through-ball, before Isco added a fifth from outside the penalty area.

Ronaldo's two goals means he has scored 15 league goals in eight matches - a new La Liga record. The previous best goalscoring start to a campaign had come in 1943-44 when Oviedo's Esteban Echevarria netted 14 times.

The victory takes Real Madrid up to second in La Liga, though Valencia and Sevilla - third and fourth respectively - play their respective games in hand on Sunday.

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With Wednesday's match at Anfield in mind, Gareth Bale dropped to the Real substitutes' bench and was not used.

But his team barely missed him as they took their goal tally to 30 in eight league matches.

Ronaldo needed only 13 minutes to opening the scoring, converting a penalty following Juanfran's foul on striker Hernandez, who is on loan from Manchester United.

The Mexican, playing in place of the ill Karim Benzema, made it 2-0 by heading in Rodriguez's cross.

Ronaldo extended the visitors' lead after dribbling past two defenders following a counter-attack started by Isco.

Cristiano Ronaldo's goalscoring run in La Liga
18 October: Two (Levante 0-5 Real Madrid)5 October: Three (Real Madrid 5-0 v Athletic Bilbao)
27 September: One (Villarreal 0-2 Real Madrid)23 September: Four (Real Madrid 5-1 Elche)

Things got worse for the hosts when Rodriguez scored five minutes later, deftly controlling Kroos's lobbed pass with his chest before firing the ball home.

Isco completed the scoring in the 82nd minute as Real recorded their second successive 5-0 La Liga victory, after beating Athletic Bilbao by the same score on 5 October.

Levante have only netted four times in eight games, and their best chance fell to Victor Camarasa but his volley was cleared off the line by Luka Modric.

Carlo Ancelotti
Carlo Ancelotti's side have won their two Champions League games and play Liverpool on Wednesday
Real Madrid fans
Real Madrid fans have seen their team score 30 goals in eight La Liga matches
James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez celebrates with Daniel Carvajal (left) and Javier Hernandez after scoring the fourth goal

Line-ups

Levante

  • 13Mariño
  • 19López MuñozBooked at 45mins
  • 5Rodas
  • 12García GarcíaBooked at 12mins
  • 2López Mendoza
  • 23Diop
  • 26CamarasaBooked at 24mins
  • 10García SantosSubstituted forXumetraat 75'minutes
  • 14GavilánBooked at 28minsSubstituted forPérez Alonsoat 45'minutes
  • 11Morales Nogales
  • 18Casadesús CastañoSubstituted forBarralat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Fernández Collado
  • 7Barral
  • 16El Adoua
  • 17Xumetra
  • 20Pérez Alonso
  • 21Ivanschitz
  • 22Sissoko

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 3Pepe
  • 18Nacho
  • 12MarceloSubstituted forArbeloaat 73'minutes
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 19ModricSubstituted forMedránat 79'minutes
  • 8KroosSubstituted forIllarramendiat 68'minutes
  • 23Isco
  • 14Hernández
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 6Khedira
  • 11Bale
  • 13Navas
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 24Illarramendi
  • 26Medrán
  • 34Llorente
Referee:
Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Attendance:
23,506

Match Stats

Home TeamLevanteAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home11
Away21
Shots on Target
Home1
Away11
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Levante 0, Real Madrid 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Levante 0, Real Madrid 5.

Attempt blocked. Morales (Levante) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Víctor Pérez.

Álvaro Medrán (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Morales (Levante).

Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).

David Barral (Levante) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Levante 0, Real Madrid 5. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Javier Hernández.

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Javier Hernández.

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Asier Illarramendi.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Medrán replaces Luka Modric.

Attempt missed. Víctor Pérez (Levante) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Pepe.

Substitution

Substitution, Levante. Jordi Xumetra replaces Rubén García.

Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Arbeloa replaces Marcelo.

Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).

David Barral (Levante) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Javier Hernández (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces Toni Kroos.

Substitution

Substitution, Levante. David Barral replaces Casadesús.

Goal!

Goal! Levante 0, Real Madrid 4. James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Toni Kroos with a through ball.

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Víctor Camarasa (Levante).

Offside, Levante. Pape Diop tries a through ball, but Víctor Pérez is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Levante 0, Real Madrid 3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Isco following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Rubén García (Levante) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro López.

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Rodríguez.

Offside, Real Madrid. Isco tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

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

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isco with a through ball.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

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

Foul by James Rodríguez (Real Madrid).

Morales (Levante) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Pepe.

Attempt blocked. Héctor Rodas (Levante) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pape Diop with a cross.

Foul by Nacho (Real Madrid).

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Saturday 18th October 2014

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