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4-0: Season opener ends in defeat

REPORT | 05/09/2021 | Eduardo Olivera

Real Madrid failed to put any points on the board in the league trip to Levante.
  • Liga Iberdrola
  • Matchday 1
  • Sun, 05 Sep
Ciudad Deportiva Buñol
4
0
Real Madrid Women slipped to defeat at the Ciudad Deportiva de Buñol in the team's league curtain-raiser. Levante hit the front with five minutes on the clock through Alba Redondo, who got the better of Misa after being put clean through. After falling behind, David Aznar's charges began to boss possession and pose a threat down both flanks. Ten minutes later, Esther came close to levelling matters following a corner, only for the hosts' goalkeeper to gather her shot in.

The contest had now become an end-to-end affair and although there were chances at both ends, there were no further goals before the break. After the restart, the Valencians once again took the initiative in the final third. The home side's determination reaped its rewards when Leire Baños rattled home a powerful strike in the 54th minute. The madridistas sought to hit back on the hour mark when Esther very nearly found the top corner. Zornoza came close to reducing the arrears from a free-kick, but María showcased her reflexes to palm the ball out.

Out of luck
Despite fashioning a number of chances, lady luck wasn't smiling on Madrid and Redondo, the hosts' standout performer, struck her second of the game with 10 minutes remaining. Olga tried her luck with an effort from the edge of the box that saw the Levante goalie claw the ball from off the line. With normal time almost up, Tatiana rounded off the scoring as she made it 4-0 with a sublime strike from range. Madrid's attentions now turn to Wednesday's Champions League trip to Manchester City (8pm CET).
 
LINE-UPS:
4-Levante: María, N. Mendoza, M. Méndez, Toletti, S. Lloris (Cometti, 46’), Irene G., Redondo (Tatiana P., 84’), L. Baños, Carol (Crivelari, 64’), Alharilla, Paula T.
0- Real Madrid: Misa, Teresa (Peter, 75’), Ivana, Olga, Esther, Nahikari (Møller, 67’), M. Corredera, Lucía Rodríguez, Rocío, Zornoza, Athenea (Lorena, 75’).
 
Goals
1-0 (min. 4): Redondo.
2-0 (min. 54): L. Baños.
3-0 (min. 81): Redondo.
4-0 (min. 89): Tatiana.
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