A scoreline very harsh on Levante but enough to send Real to top of the league.
- 2nd Half
- Vinícius JúniorVázquez69'
- Vukcevicde Frutos55'
- 1st Half
- Vinícius Júnior16'
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Levante UD - Real Madrid
Liga - 4 October 2020
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GOAL! In the final minute of injury time, with Levante pushing everyone forward Rodrygo played a simple ball forward that Benzema, starting the run in his own half, raced onto, turned inside Campana and then clipped past the keeper and into the net.
Levante look like they have run out of legs.
Five minutes of injury time to be played.
Mendy fires an effort at goal from 20 yards that Aitor parries away.
Real seem to have ridden the storm now and enjoying possession in the Levante half.
De Frutos gets down the right flank and squares to the edge of the box where Real cannot clear and Bardhi has another effort on goal which Courtois has to stop.
Fine save from Courtois. A superb turn and through ball from Bardhi plays in Clerc but the Belgian spreads himself and blocks the great chance.
Radoja comes on for Malsa for Levante.
After a lengthy review the goal was indeed disallowed. Or stayed disallowed.
Rodrygo and Vasquez come on for Vinicius and Asensio for Real.
GOAL! NO! Ramos scores from Modric's perfect free kick. But it has been ruled out for a push. The replays show it is the correct decision.
It really is all Levante at present. You feel they need to score when they have this pressure.
Bardhi shoots into the side-netting when he really should have squared the ball.
Courtois's outstretched leg keeps Madrid in front. Bardhi's effort is deflected off Casemiro which wrong-foots him and though he had already dived to his left he managed to dangle his long legs out and save the shot.
Vukcevic and Roger have been replaced by de Frutos and Melero for Levante.
Bardhi is allowed to run thirty yards with the ball and shoot at goal forcing Courtois to parry the ball away.
Vinicius plays the ball wide for Benzema who then plays a perfect ball across the six-yard box which Modric is waiting to tap in but the Brazilian striker stretches at the ball in front of the Croat and slides an effort wide.
Asensio runs laterally before slipping in Vinicius who clips over the opposition keeper delightfully but just wide off the far post. Really putting on a show now.
Off the post! What a chance for Benzema. Modric closes down Vazo's pass out of defence and it falls for the centre forward who curls the ball just too wide.
Modric playing higher up the pitch these days and running through on the right flank is close to centring for Benzema.
Levante under the cosh early on but they clear Mendy's cross into the area well.
Modric goes down in the box running onto a pass from Benzema but Bardhi used his shoulder to fair effect.
Real Madrid get the second half underway. No changes for either side.
The odd scare from crosses or set pieces notwithstanding, Real Madrid looking pretty comfortable here.
Casemiro so important at both ends at the field. On this occasion he snuffs out danger on the edge of his box as Morales lined up a shot.
Clerc put in a fine cross from the left wing but Morales just can't get a touch on the ball at the front post.
Benzema powers into the box before shooting but Vezo blocks his shot.
Casemiro puts in a wonderful cross to the back post but Benzema fails to hit the target with a header.
Valverde tries a shot from just outside the box which is deflected wide.
So close! A second corner for Levante sees Vukcevic rise at the back post and head against the crossbar with Courtois totally beaten.
Better play from Levante now, Morales vaces into the box and Varane is forced into a sliding tackle to put the ball away for the hosts' first corner.
Levante do no look capable of hurting Real at all at present.
Vinicius is played through by Modridc and the Brazilian does the right thing and squares to Benzema but the pace was a little too strong for this incarnation of the French striker who could not get a shot off.
Real Madrid with another corner that beatd the men in the middle and Levante were fortunate this time it was over the head of Vinicius as unthinkably, he was again free at the far edge of the area.
GOAL! So much time. A corner came to him on the corner of the area and he had second to take his time, bring the ball onto his right foot and curl it into the far corner.
Nice cross from Asensio from the left flank just over the head of Vinicius.
They have looked pretty solid at the back Levante so far. Not going to be easy for Real Madrid this.
Fine cross-shot from Morales from a very acute angle outside the penalty area which scared Courtois a little.
Mendy pulls back for Valverde who shoots wide of the target.
Morales is played through but cannot get the ball under control. He is offside anyway.
Yellow card for Casemiro. Just a coming together with Maisa.
Modric gets behind the defence and fires a ball across the six-yard box but Benzema is behind the defender and it is cleared.
Real Madrid get us underway.
Real available at around 4/7 with the bookies, with Levante just under 6/1 and the draw around the 4/1 mark.
Real have seven from three games with the points dropped being a respectable draw at Real Sociedad. They were frustrated for over an hour by Valladolid last week and will hope to gain control of this game earlier.
Three points from as many games from Levante so far. They will be very pleased if they end the day with four from four you would think.
Journalists wondered if Hazard would be another Bale. Another Kaka might be the better comparison, as injuries never saw him repeat his scintillating Milan form with Real.
Asked about Eden Hazard this week, Zidane said he is not frustrated about the former Chelsea man unlikely to be back on the field this month due to a muscular injury to his right leg.
"I am positive about everything, and the same with Hazard. It is also a muscle injury due to him having worked hard to return."
Hazard has missed 32 games since being at Madrid, he missed 20 games in seven years at Chelsea.
This is how Levante are lining up.
Vinicius Jr starts after coming off the bench to hit the winner against Valladolid, Luka Jovic starts as substitute.
This is how Zinedine Zidane's side will line up.
Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live coverage of Levante against Real Madrid in la Liga. I'm Ciaran Baynes and I'll be following the match with you.