REPORT | 24/02/2019 | Alberto NavarroGoals from Benzema and Bale give the Whites their fourth consecutive victory away from home in LaLiga.
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Levante had an even better chance in the 23rd minute. Campaña delivered the corner, Rober Pier flicked it on to the far post and Roger arrived, but he was denied by the woodwork. The side from Valencia continued to push forward and on the half hour mark, and from another set piece, Rober Pier shot over from close range. The visitors reacted as a Vinicius Jr. shot a minute later forced Aitor Fernandez to turn the ball behind for a corner.
It looked like the sides were going to go in all square at the break, but Bardhi blocked a Modric cross with his arm inside the area. The referee, after consulting VAR and then seeing the replay, gave a penalty. Benzema converted it in the 42nd minute and put Real Madrid in front. There was time for another chance for Levante before half time. Roger found himself one-on-one with Courtois, but his effort struck the post.
The second half kicked off with another chance for Roger, who this time was foiled by Courtois’ right boot. The visitors’ reaction came as Kroos swung in a free-kick on 56’ and Benzema’s fierce header cannoned back off the crossbar. Three minutes later and Vinicius Jr. surged into the area, but his effort flew inches wide of the post. With 60 minutes on the clock, the game suddenly became a lot more difficult as Morales crossed into the box and Roger got in front of Nacho to tuck the ball home first time.
It was all level again with half an hour left to play, but Real Madrid were not about to let victory slip from their grasp. First, Vinicius Jr. went through one-on-one with the keeper, who reacted superbly to keep him out on 71’; before a Reguilón cross deflected wickedly off Cabaco on 76’. One minute later, and Casemiro did brilliantly to latch on to a loose ball in the box and was then brought down Doukouré. Bale, having just come on in place of Benzema, beat Aitor Fernández to convert the spot-kick.
The minutes ticked by and on 86’ Real Madrid were reduced to ten men as Nacho was shown a second yellow card. The Whites would have to dig in and showed great resilience to stand strong and take all three points. Next up, a week of two Clásicos at the Bernabéu – one in the Copa del Rey and another in LaLiga.