Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Levante 0.
Gareth Bale scored his first goals in 10 matches as Real Madrid kept pace with Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a win over Levante.
Bale opened the scoring by powering home a loose ball in the box, after Cristiano Ronaldo's acrobatic effort was saved.
The Welshman added his second by diverting Ronaldo's low driven shot, which appeared to be going wide.
Real trail leaders Barca, who beat Eibar 2-0 on Saturday, by one point.
On Friday, influential sports daily Marca published a full-page analysis of the Welsh international's recent performances, with Bale described as "absent, lost and identifying little with the cause".
The former Tottenham winger was visibly relieved after reacting quickest to put Real ahead with a powerful right-foot strike.
Real went into the game trailing Barcelona by four points, having allowed their rivals to overtake them by claiming just two points from their last two games.
The home side should have scored more than twice, with Ronaldo especially culpable of wasting chances.
It was the Portuguese, a frustrated figure for much of the encounter, whose shot allowed Bale to turn in Real's second goal before half-time.
Although there was at first confusion as to whether Bale got a touch, replays showed Ronaldo's effort was going wide, with the Welshman providing the faintest but most crucial of deflections.
Barca and Real meet in next Sunday's El Clasico at the Nou Camp, a 20:00 GMT kick-off.
- 4RamosBooked at 85mins
- 19ModricBooked at 30minsSubstituted forIllarramendiat 78'minutes
- 23IscoSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 69'minutes
- 9BenzemaSubstituted forHernándezat 82'minutes
- 7Cristiano Ronaldo
- 20Rodríguez Ruiz
- 2López Mendoza
- 3García Aranda
- 17XumetraSubstituted forEl Zharat 59'minutes
- 24Mate Junior
- 11Morales NogalesSubstituted forGarcía Santosat 59'minutes
- 5UcheSubstituted forCasadesús Castañoat 75'minutes
- 1Fernández Collado
- 8El Zhar
- 10García Santos
- 12García García
- 18Casadesús Castaño
- 25Martín-Bejarano Serrano
- Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Levante 0.
Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Gareth Bale with a headed pass following a corner.
Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Iván López.
Attempt missed. Nabil El Zhar (Levante) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rubén García with a through ball.
Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Javier Hernández is caught offside.
Jesé (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Casadesús (Levante).
Víctor Camarasa went off injured after Levante had used all subs.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Víctor Camarasa (Levante) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Casadesús (Levante) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Toño with a cross.
Attempt missed. Víctor Camarasa (Levante) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.
Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).
Casadesús (Levante) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo.
Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).
Toño (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Real Madrid. Javier Hernández replaces Karim Benzema.