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2-3: A comeback in a palpitating game

REPORT | 05/10/2013 | Alberto Navarro

Goals from Ramos, Morata, who once again scored at the Ciudad de Valencia, and a winner from Ronaldo gave Real Madrid the victory over Levante, who had lead 2-1 in the 86th minute. 
  • Liga BBVA
  • Matchday 8
  • Sat, 05 Oct
Ciudad de Valencia
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Real Madrid played against a Levante side that had yet to be beaten at home. The Whites’ objective was to take the three points and to carry on their unbeaten away run in competitive matches, and build on the good form shown last Wednesday against Copenhagen. The start of the match showed this. Madrid were sold at the back and barely gave their opponents a sniff as they tried to counterattack.

Just after the first half hour of play, the visitors had their first chance of the game when Cristiano Ronaldo’s free kick almost caught out Navas. Five minutes later, the game’s first talking point occurred. A cross from Di María was met by a header from Cristiano Ronaldo and the ball appeared to strike Rodas’ hand in the area, however González González did not award the penalty.

There were no goals before the break, even if of the two sides Real Madrid deserved to be ahead. They could have scored when Modric struck from the edge of the box after 42 minutes, or a minute later when Cristiano Ronaldo forced the home side’s goalkeeper into a save, as Madrid had five corners to the Valencian side’s one.

The home side, for their part, only had one effort on goal of note. A tremendous save from Diego López kept out Babá’s long range volley, exemplifying the fantastic run of from that The Whites’ goalkeeper finds himself in. 

ADDED TIME SAW MADRID SCORE A WINNER THAT THEY HAD DESERVED A LONG TIME BEFORE.

The second half didn’t change the play, and Real Madrid carried on trying to open the scoring. Cristiano Ronaldo was close to doing so on 53 minutes. His left footed shot hit the post. Despite all this, five minutes later it was Levante who opened the scoring with a counter attack that Babá finished off. This was totally against the run of play and undeserved, however there was still half an hour left to fix things.

To triumph out of adversity is something ingrained in the DNA of Real Madrid, and only three minutes later the equaliser came. Di María took the corner and captain for the day Sergio Ramos appeared at the back post and beat Navas with a cute right-footed finish.

From then on The Whites were like a hurricane as they sought another goal. Cristiano Ronaldo and Di María tried in the 64th and 66th minutes respectively, however they were unable to find the target. Four minutes later there were two quick opportunities. Benzema forced Navas into a top-drawer save, and Morata collected the rebound. He set up Marcelo who, from the penalty spot, blazed the ball over the bar.

With only four minutes to play, El Zhar made it 2-1 with an individual strike. It seemed like it would be enough to give his side the win, but Morata then took centre stage. In the stadium where he had scored the winner last season, he once again found the back of the net to level things up. There was time for more. With the last play of the game, Cristiano Ronaldo collected the ball in the area and finished across Navas to further the legend of a side who don’t know when to quit. 

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