Levante 2 – Real Madrid 3 match report: Ronaldo, a life-saver

Levante 2 – Real Madrid 3 match report: Ronaldo, a life-saver


For the second time in the last three La Liga matches Cristiano Ronaldo rescued Real Madrid with a goal in stoppage time. The Portuguese scored in the final minute as Los Blancos twice came from behind to bring the three points home from Levante’s.

Ciudad de Valencia stadium has been a difficult place to visit for Los Merengues. With the home crowd and the players very motivated, Real struggled to take control of the game.

Levante started better, with Baba Diawara having two early chances that were not really a serious test for Diego Lopez. The home side displayed a superb defensive strategy and Real’s only good chance in the first half was a deflected Ronaldo free kick that Keylor Navas saved brilliantly.

Diego Lopez saved his team late in the first half denying Diawara’s and Papakouly Diop efforts with two world-class saves.

In the second half, Levante found a reward for their better performance and took the lead in a counter-attack lead by Ruben Garcia, who clipped to ball for Diawara to send a half-volley to the back of the net.

The goal brought some urgency from Carlo Ancelotti’s men, and just four minutes later Sergio Ramos scored the equaliser beating two defenders in a corner.

Los Blancos had the chance to fulfil their come-back, but both Karim Benzema and Marcelo missed their attempts to beat Navas.

However, Levante took the lead again thanks to the hesitancy from Lopez and Ramos. The Moroccan’s goal in the 86th looked like a winner, but the hosts would end up disappointed.

A cool finish from Alvaro Morata in the 90th minute gave Los Merengues some hope. And, as it happened in Elche, Ronaldo scored in the 94th rifling a shot from the corner of the box which deflected off a defender before ending the net.