REPORT | 03/02/2018 | Alberto Navarro | PHOTOGRAPHER: Antonio VillalbaRamos and Isco twice put the madridistas ahead but they were unable to get the win at the Ciudad de Valencia.
- La Liga
- Matchday 22
The goal gave the madridistas confidence which saw them dominated from start to finish in the first half. However, just before the interval the home side leveled things up with a goal which came against the run of play. Morales found himself one on one with Keylor Navas and the goalkeeper kept him out with a great save but the ball rebounded in to the path of Boateng who made it 1-1 in the 42nd minute. All square with 45 minutes to play.
Domination and chances
The goal didn’t change the dynamic of the game in the second half as Real Madrid continued to dominate while Levante waited patiently, looking to hit on the counterattack. The Whites came close again, this time a Cristiano Ronaldo free kick struck the defensive wall to keep the Portuguese forward out in the 56th minute. Cristiano had another effort with 64 on the clock but Oier did enough to keep it out.
The minutes went by and Real Madrid came closer and closer to going back in front. Isco, who came on for Bale, sent in a shot on 72’ but it ended up in the hands on Oier. The next chances were clear cut. The first came two minutes later, spectacular play from Benzema saw him beat four players before his shot was blocked by Postigo who deflected it behind for a corner. Kroos again delivered and Ramos met it with a delightful header but the home keeper pulled off a top class save to keep him out.
The Whites made no mistake with the next chance. Benzema worked hard to keep the ball in before pulling it back for Isco who fired home in the 81st minute. A deserved goal for the madridistas who looked like they were set to pick up the three points but it was not to be as Pazzini levelled in the last minute.