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Real Madrid defeated host Levante with two unanswered goals at La Ceramica in the fifth round of the Spanish League.

Vinicius Junior scored first in the first half, before Karim Benzema scored the second goal in stoppage time of the match.

Real Madrid raised its tally to 10 points alone at the top of the league, while Levante was stuck at 3 points in 18th place.

The match took place at Villarreal’s La Ceramica stadium, due to updates being made at Levante’s Ciutat de Valencia stadium.

Real Madrid avenged their defeat a few months ago by Levante in the latter’s stadium with a goal by Jose Luis Morales.

Right-back crunch

Zinedine Zidane, Real Madrid’s coach, pushed Nacho Fernandez into the right-back position, to fill the gap left by the absence of Dani Carvajal and Alvaro Odriozola, the injured duo.

He also returned to the 4-3-3 method, pushing Marco Asensio and Vinicius Jr. to the attacking wings from the start.

On the other hand, Levante coach Paco Lopez adopted the 4-4-2 dangerous attacking duo: Jose Luis Morales and Roger Marty, and behind them the Spanish international, Jose Campania.

Right start

Real Madrid quickly entered the content and took the lead in the 16th minute with a superb shot from Vinicius Junior in the soles of the foot.

Vinicius scored in two consecutive matches for the first time in his career with Real Madrid, after his goal against Valladolid a few days ago.

The young Brazilian winger raised his goal tally with Real Madrid to 10 overall.

Strong response

The first half had few chances, but it was dangerous.

In the 31st minute, Levante almost equalized with Montenegrin Nikola Vukicevic’s header, but she rebounded from the crossbar of Real Madrid’s goal.

On the other hand, Real Madrid tried to add the second goal in the 36th minute after Casemiros cross, but Karim Benzemas header was inaccurate and passed over the crossbar, ending the first half of the Merengi advance with an unanswered goal.

Fire run

In the second half, the excitement increased to a fiery degree, and Real Madrid launched a series of fierce attacks at the start.

Benzema hit the post in the 52nd minute after a fatal defensive error from Levante, to continue his absence from scoring this season.

Benzema hit the post 46 times in his La Liga career with Real Madrid, and he is the third most popular player in this field after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the 21st century.

Real Madrid’s attacks did not stop, so Vinicius received a wonderful pass from Asensio in the same minute, and the Brazilian shrewdly from the top of the goalkeeper, but the ball passed next to the post shortly.

In the 54th minute, Benzema sent a cross into the center of the penalty area, but Vinicius missed the net very strangely, wasting a new opportunity to double the score.

Levante responded

Real Madrid ended their attacks, and it was the turn for Levante.

In the 58th minute, the Macedonian Ennis Bardi hit hard, but Courtois brilliantly saved the danger.

In the 60th minute, Bardi fired a new shot that hit Real Madrid’s defense and almost deceived Courtois, but the Belgian goalkeeper countered, using his leg with enviable brilliance.

Hurricane Frogs continued, and captain Morales had a chance in the 63rd minute, but he was selfish and preferred to shoot rather than pass, so the ball settled into the outside net.

The surrendered Real Madrid almost secured the match points in the 68th minute with Sergio Ramos’ header, which settled into the net, but the goal was canceled due to offside.

The shot required a full 3 minutes of review in the video room to confirm the referee’s decision and prevent Commander Ramos from recording.

Zidane turned to his substitutes, pushing Rodrigo and Lucas Moura to replace Asensio and Venecos.

Another dangerous opportunity came to Levante in the 77th minute, through full back Carlos Clarke, after a superb pass from Gonzalo Millero, but Courtois continued to play the role of savior and deflected.

Real Madrid tried to stick together, and Ferland Mendy hit a right ball from outside the penalty area in the 85th minute, which was saved by Aitor Fernandez.

In the 89th minute, Zidane made two more changes by inserting Isco and Martin Odegaard instead of Modric and Fedi Valverde.

Real Madrid fans held their breath until the fifth minute of stoppage time, when Benzema decided the match and scored the second goal after a great counterattack, opening his tally of goals in the season, and closing the page of the Levante match.



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