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Last-minute winner seals victory over Levante

MATCH REPORT. 26/03/2022. Eduardo Olivera. Photographer: Pedro Castillo

An 90th-minute Lorena goal handed Toril's team the win at the Di Stéfano.

Real Madrid clinched a crucial win over Levante at the Alfredo Di Stéfano, their sixth on the bounce at home in the league. Lorena's last-minute goal was enough to seal all three points for the team as they continue their fight for a Champions League spots. Our team are back in action on Wednesday, when they take on Barcelona in the second leg of their Women’s Champions League quarter-final (6:45pm CET).
 
The opening stages were evenly matched, with neither side carving out any clear-cut chances in the first half an hour. Our team then had a fine chance to go ahead when the ball fell to Esther at point-blank when Svava's free-kick struck the wall, but Paraluta kept her out. Minutes later, Athenea had the best chance of the first-half after some fantastic link-up play but again, the opposition goalkeeper stood up strong. Levante then had a chance of their own to open the scoring on the stroke of half-time with Redondo's well-struck shot but Misa got across brilliantly to keep the scores level.
 
Lorena seals it at the death
Madrid came out with increased intensity after the break. Nahikari was first to try her luck but her effort was stopped by Paraluta. Maite Oroz then came within a whisker with a fierce drive from a tight angle which flew inches over the bar, before Esther struck another powerful effort which whistled by the top corner. With an hour gone, Nahikari was at it again, unleashing an unbelievable strike from the edge of the box which crashed back off the bar. The madridistas were relentless in their pursuit of a goal, and Møller, having just come off the bench, quickly tested the visiting keeper, who reacted well. The home side's pressure ultimately told in the final minute of normal time, when Lorena pounced on a loose ball in the box to turn home and net the decisive goal to make it 1-0.

Video.1-0: Last-minute winner seals victory over Levante

LINE-UPS
1-Real Madrid: Misa, K. Robles (Lorena, 81’), Teresa, Ivana, M. Oroz (Olga, 63’), Esther (Lucía, 91’), Nahikari (Møller, 63’), Rocío, Zornoza, Athenea (C. Camacho, 81’) and Svava.
0-Levante: Paraluta, Érika (S. Lloris, 61’), N. Mendoza, Gio (Tatiana P., 61’) Irene G., Andanova (Fiamma, 31’), Redondo (Carol, 81’), L. Baños, Jucinara, V. Calligaris and Paula T (Falcón, 61’).
 
Goals
1-0 (min. 90): Lorena.

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