Sunday February 12, 2012 Day 23 Finished Bernabéu

Real Madrid 4 - 2 Levante UD

  • Cristiano Ronaldo 45’ (pen.), 50’, 57’
  • Benzema 66’
  • Cabral 5’
  • Koné 63’

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  1. Ronaldo hat-trick sends Real 10 clear

    Ronaldo hat-trick sends Real 10 clear

    A Cristiano Ronaldo hat-trick helped Real Madrid to a 4-2 victory over Levante in La Liga. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Real Madrid
    • Levante UD
    • 90+2' That’s it! A Ronaldo hat-trick helps Real to a 4-2 win and a 10 point advantage over Barcelona at the top of La Liga. Thanks for joining us.
    • 90+2' Callejon fires in a shot that is blocked.
    • 90' There will be two minutes of added time.
    • 89' Coentrao is robbed of the ball by Javi Venta.
    • 87' The Real fans are starting to make their way out of the stadium. They have seen enough and know their team are going 10 points clear.
    • 86' Ronaldo's free-kick goes high over the bar. He is still waiting for his first goal directly from a free-kick in La Liga this season.
    • 85' Ronaldo teases and torments the Levante defence and is brought down by Cabral who is booked.
    • 83' Alonso's pass is just too long for the onrushing Arbeloa who is booked for holding the ball and stopping Levante taking their goal kick quickly. It was a silly one.
    • 82' It's all Madrid but they are not creating chances at present.
    • 80' Ozil makes way for Kaka in Mou's final change.
    • 79' Real are prompting and probing for a fifth, but Levante are defending stoutly.
    • 78' Benzema tries an exchange with Ronaldo but runs into traffic.
    • 76' Kone is down on the side of the pitch and Ramos tries to haul him up.
    • 75' Sami Khedira replaces Granero for Real, while Botelho comes on for Valdo in a Levante change.
    • 74' Alonso chips the ball into the box and finds Ronaldo in an offside position.
    • 73' Farinos is blocked off by Benzema and Levante win the free-kick.
    • 72' Levante have nine back behind the ball as Real toy with them. This has been a brave effort and it could have been different had they kept 11 men on the pitch.
    • 71' Real have now scored four goals in a game on 15 occasions.
    • 69' Ozil nutmegs the defender and hits the post with a low shot when clean through on goal!
    • 68' This, presumably, is the points wrapped up for Real Madrid unless Levante have any other surprises in store.
    • 67' Ronaldo misses a great chance to make it 5-2 as he stabs wide at the near post.
    • 66' Callejon replaces Higuain in Mourinho's first substitution.
    • 65' GOAL! REAL MADRID 4-2 LEVANTE. Ronaldo finds Benzema on the left of the area. The Frenchman cuts in and curls a beautiful shot beyond the outstretched arms of Munua.
    • 64' Real go looking for a fourth against 10-man Levante. They are passing the ball around patiently looking for an opening.
    • 63' That's a turn-up for the books. Levante looked dead and buried. Real switched off and they have been punished.
    • 62' GOAL! REAL MADRID 3-2 LEVANTE. Kone rises between Ramos and Pepe to head in a left-wing cross from Serrano!
    • 60' Ronaldo tries to play in Ozil but his pass is overhit.
    • 59' Higuain collects the ball from Benzema and dispatches it beyond Munua but the flag goes up for offside.
    • 58' The goal also means Ronaldo has scored six hat-tricks this season.
    • 57' It really was a special strike to complete his hat-trick. It was also Real Madrid's 4000th league goal at the Bernabeu.
    • 56' GOAL! REAL MADRID 3-1 LEVANTE. A stunning third goal from Ronaldo as he strikes an amazing shot that rises up over Munua and then dips into the top right corner!
    • 54' Del Horno skies a free-kick well over Casillas's bar.
    • 53' Alonso gets a shot in on goal but it is tamely struck and Munua holds on.
    • 52' The offside flag goes up against Ozil after he runs onto a ball from Xabi Alonso.
    • 51' Real surely have the game in the bag now and they look like adding to their tally.
    • 50' GOAL! REAL MADRID 2-1 LEVANTE. Higuain beats Ballesteros on the right and stands up a cross that Ronaldo heads past Munua!
    • 49' That's Ramos and Pepe both booked for Real Madrid.
    • 48' Pepe goes into the book for holding back Kone.
    • 47' Coentrao wins a corner of Javi Venta who has done well for Levante.
    • 46' Levante have replaced El Zhar with the more defensive Miguel Pallardó.
    • 46' Real get the ball rolling for the second-half.
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    • 45+2' There's the half-time whistle as Ronaldo's overhead bounces well wide of Munua's goal.
    • 45+2' It was a certain penalty and Ibarra deserved his second yellow card.
    • 45+1' The half-time whistle cannot come soon enough for Levante who are holding on here.
    • 45' There will be two minutes of added time.
    • 44' GOAL! REAL MADRID 1-1 LEVANTE. Ronaldo curls the ball into the corner with his right foot and Real are level.
    • 43' Cristiano Ronaldo will take it...
    • 43' Penalty to Madrid! Iborra picks up a second yellow card for a handball in the area and Real have a spot kick.
    • 42' Alvaro Arbeloa's cross is cleared away by Ballesteros. Another Real corner.
    • 41' Levante have been superb in the air tonight as they clear yet another corner.
    • 40' Javi Venta gets in a tackle on Benzema and the ball goes out for another Real corner.
    • 39' El Zhar hoofs the ball into the Real half but the Merengues will come again.
    • 38' There is plenty of needle in this game, with players exaggerating and bookings left, right and centre.
    • 37' Ozil plays the ball to Coentrao who finds Higuain in the area. The Argentine's shot is just touched wide by Munua!
    • 36' Iborra now goes into the book for a very late challenge on Benzema. The ref gets it right again.
    • 35' Ramos has got himself booked for kicking out at Asier Del Horno in the area.
    • 34' Ozil's free-kick goes into the ball and Munua eventually gathers and sets Levente away on a counterattack that comes to nothing after an overhit cross.
    • 33' Oscar Serrano is yellow carded for holding onto the ball and stopping Real taking a free-kick quickly.
    • 32' Iborra heads away a near post corner but it is only temporary respite for Levante.
    • 31' The Levante defenders are playing exceptionally well. They are blocking everything.
    • 30' Fabio Coentrao cuts out a crossfield pass and Real can build again.
    • 29' Benzema puts in a terrible cross which no one gets anywhere near and it goes out for a throw.
    • 28' STAT: Since 03/04, Ballesteros has seen more yellow cards against Real Madrid than against any other side.
    • 27' Patient build-up play from Real Madrid who are camped in the Levante half.
    • 26' Real are facing a Levante team with seven players who are 30 or older.
    • 25' Iker Casillas gets down to block a near post shot by Iborra!
    • 24' Ramos skies one over from about 30 yards. That was a shot of desperation. No need for hit and hopes at this point.
    • 23' Ozil dribbles the ball on the edge of the area and then tees up Benzema whose low shot is held by Munua.
    • 22' Benzema's cross is pushed out by Munua after a terrific counterattack by Ronaldo.
    • 21' Good work from Kone in the box and the striker sets up Serrano whose shot is deflected away for a corner.
    • 20' Levente beat Real 1-0 in September and they lead by the same score here.
    • 19' Excellent play from El Zhar who sweeps the ball wide to Kone, but Real quickly win it back.
    • 18' The flag goes up against Valdo for offside. The ex Real Madrid player was just off.
    • 17' It was a theatrical save from the goalkeeper, as Levante win a free-kick in the Real half.
    • 16' Ronaldo fires in a swerving free-kick which is spectacularly turned away for a corner by Munua!
    • 15' STAT: Levante have only avoided defeat three times in 13 league meetings with Real Madrid (W2 D1 L10).
    • 14' Javi Venta blocks a through ball in the area and Levante clear their lines. For now.
    • 13' Higuain then picks up the ball on the edge of the box and curls just wide. They are making chances at will.
    • 12' Ronaldo cuts inside and fires wide of Munúa's right-hand post.
    • 10' Higuain plants the ball against the outside of the near post! They have reacted well to going a goal down.
    • 9' Real piling on the pressure here but Levante just about holding on. Granero hammers a shot right into the face of a defender.
    • 8' Real Madrid are the only Primera Division club to have scored in every home game this campaign in all competitions. They'll now need two if they are to win this game.
    • 7' Benzema converts but the flag goes up for offside. Levante survive.
    • 5' Ramos gave the free-kick away, then he took the ball off the head of Pepe and into Cabral's path.
    • 4' GOAL! REAL MADRID 0-1 LEVANTE. Javier Farinos swings in the free-kick, it is flicked on by Ramos and Gustavo Cabral heads in the goal of his life at the back post!
    • 4' Nabil El Zhar goes down after something of a forearm blcok from Sergio Ramos.
    • 3' Real Madrid fans expect tonight, but don't they always?
    • 2' Karim Benzema collects the ball on the edge of the area and fires just over the bar.
    • 1' Levante get the game off and underway.
    • 20:27 The teams are out on the field of play at the Bernabeu!
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    • 20:20 Asier Del Horno has recovered from injury and is in the Levante starting line-up, but Juanfran only makes the bench after a recent foot injury. Arouna Kone plays as a lone front-man, supported by Oscar Serrano, Nabil El Zhar and Valdo.
    • 20:15 Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain both start in attack for Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo completes the front three. There is also a place for Esteban Granero in midfield as Jose Mourinho goes with a 4-3-3 formation.
    • 20:10 REAL MADRID: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Granero, Xabi Alonso, Özil, Ronaldo, Higuaín, Benzema. Subs: Callejon, Kaka, Albiol, Khedira, Sahin, Carvalho, Adan. /// LEVANTE: Munúa, Javi Venta, Ballesteros, Cabral, Del Horno, Farinos, Iborra, El Zhar, Valdo, Oscar Serrano, Kone. Subs: Ghezzal, Botelho, Juanfran, R Suarez, Pallardo, P Lopez, K Navas.
    • 20:05 The Merengues can open up a gaping 10-point gap between themselves and Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a win over Levante here. Barca’s shock 3-2 defeat to Osasuna last night may have signalled the death knell of their title hopes.
    • 20:00 Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Levante’s trip to the Bernabeu to face Real Madrid.
  • Summary

    • 69' Ozil nutmegs the defender and hits the post with a low shot when clean through on goal!
    • 67' Ronaldo misses a great chance to make it 5-2 as he stabs wide at the near post.
    • 65' GOAL! REAL MADRID 4-2 LEVANTE. Ronaldo finds Benzema on the left of the area. The Frenchman cuts in and curls a beautiful shot beyond the outstretched arms of Munua.
    • 62' GOAL! REAL MADRID 3-2 LEVANTE. Kone rises between Ramos and Pepe to head in a left-wing cross from Serrano!
    • 59' Higuain collects the ball from Benzema and dispatches it beyond Munua but the flag goes up for offside.
    • 56' GOAL! REAL MADRID 3-1 LEVANTE. A stunning third goal from Ronaldo as he strikes an amazing shot that rises up over Munua and then dips into the top right corner!
    • 50' GOAL! REAL MADRID 2-1 LEVANTE. Higuain beats Ballesteros on the right and stands up a cross that Ronaldo heads past Munua!
    • 44' GOAL! REAL MADRID 1-1 LEVANTE. Ronaldo curls the ball into the corner with his right foot and Real are level.
    • 43' Cristiano Ronaldo will take it...
    • 43' Penalty to Madrid! Iborra picks up a second yellow card for a handball in the area and Real have a spot kick.
    • 37' Ozil plays the ball to Coentrao who finds Higuain in the area. The Argentine's shot is just touched wide by Munua!
    • 25' Iker Casillas gets down to block a near post shot by Iborra!
    • 22' Benzema's cross is pushed out by Munua after a terrific counterattack by Ronaldo.
    • 16' Ronaldo fires in a swerving free-kick which is spectacularly turned away for a corner by Munua!
    • 13' Higuain then picks up the ball on the edge of the box and curls just wide. They are making chances at will.
    • 12' Ronaldo cuts inside and fires wide of Munúa's right-hand post.
    • 10' Higuain plants the ball against the outside of the near post! They have reacted well to going a goal down.
    • 7' Benzema converts but the flag goes up for offside. Levante survive.
    • 4' GOAL! REAL MADRID 0-1 LEVANTE. Javier Farinos swings in the free-kick, it is flicked on by Ramos and Gustavo Cabral heads in the goal of his life at the back post!
    • 2' Karim Benzema collects the ball on the edge of the area and fires just over the bar.
    • 20:10 REAL MADRID: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao, Granero, Xabi Alonso, Özil, Ronaldo, Higuaín, Benzema. Subs: Callejon, Kaka, Albiol, Khedira, Sahin, Carvalho, Adan. /// LEVANTE: Munúa, Javi Venta, Ballesteros, Cabral, Del Horno, Farinos, Iborra, El Zhar, Valdo, Oscar Serrano, Kone. Subs: Ghezzal, Botelho, Juanfran, R Suarez, Pallardo, P Lopez, K Navas.

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  • Real Madrid

    Manager: José Mourinho

  • Levante UD

    Manager: Juan Ignacio Martínez

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