Levante vs. Real Madrid: La Liga Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Ciutat de Valencia, Spain.
Jose Mourinho's men came out on top in a game that probably should have been postponed.
Torrential rain had plagued the city of Valencia since around 3 p.m. on Sunday, meaning los Granotes' pitch was in shocking condition.
With both teams quickly giving up on short passing due to the severe amount of puddles, a long slog for three points ensued.
A remarkable 40 fouls were committed and Levante picked up an astonishing six yellow cards.
Los Blancos scored from two set pieces, with Ronaldo rifling a stray ball in to take the lead in the first half, and Alvaro Morata sealing the points with a debut headed goal in the closing stages.
In between those strikes, Levante's Angel Rodriguez managed to sneak one past Casillas at his near post after a looping Obafemi Martins lay-off.
Thanks for joining us on this ridiculously wet game of football. Real Madrid come through in the clutch to take three vital points.
Levante, for all their effort, didn't create much.
FULL TIME! LEVANTE 1-2 REAL MADRID
90'—We're into stoppage time now and this could be one of the greatest debuts in Real Madrid history for Morata.
Dropped points here at the Ciutat de Valencia would have had the vultures circling regarding los Blancos' title chances!
Three minutes added time.
88'—CHANCE FOR LEVANTE!
Angel slips Martins through but he's forced wide left of goal. His shot, from a ridiculously tight angle, skews wide.
Barkero off, Michel on.
Diop off, Garcia on.
85'—Morata and co. barely celebrated. They rang straight to the gaffer to receive instructions on how to see this out.
More on the goal
Free kick is whipped in from the left and it's Morata who nods it in!
What a substitution that was Jose!
83'—GOAL FOR REAL MADRID! 2-1!
82'—REAL MADRID SUB!
Ozil off, Morata on.
78'—Conditions worsening by the minute. This promises to be a ding-dong battle right to the very end.
You'd have to be a brave man to bet on the outcome of this.
75'—CHANCE FOR LEVANTE!
Juanlu takes advantage of Albiol's poor defensive header but puts it wide from inside the box! Casillas closed the angles down well there.
72'—Munua dives to his right and Alonso's basic effort is parried to safety.
The penalty was at a perfect height for the 'keeper to save it.
72'—MISSED PENALTY - ALONSO
More on the penalty
A wonderful through-ball finds Callejon onside, but Navarro chops him down inside the area and gets booked. Lucky not to be a red.
70'—PENALTY TO MADRID!
70'—REAL MADRID SUB!
Kaka IN, Arbeloa out.
68'—This game is really stretched and the nature of the pitch means it's end-to-end stuff.
It's messy, but it sure is eventful. Players visibly tiring in the conditions and Kaka looks ready to come on.
66'—Madrid are pressing for another goal now and Di Maria's shot is blocked for a throw in.
Could Ronaldo's injury, sustained in the third minute, be a real influence here?
More on the goal
Substitute Angel is the man who's scored.
A ball that arrives at the feet of Martins inside the "D" is flicked on first time. Angel is first to it and, from wide right of the goal, manages to smuggle the ball past Casillas!
62'—GOAL FOR LEVANTE! 1-1!
61'—CHANCE FOR MADRID!
Di Maria one vs. one with the goalkeeper wide right, but his left-footed chip shot goes wide.
60'—HOW HAS THAT NOT GONE IN?!?!
A corner is whipped in and the 'keeper fumbles. Ramos, going backward, backheels the ball from just a yard from goal.
It flicks up off a defender and hits the bar!
The Levante attacker goes into the book, but to be honest it was less a challenge and more a falling over that brought Pepe down.
El Zhar off, Angel off
53'—Di Maria takes a long-range shot to no avail, and shortly before that Barkero's run came to nothing as the ball got stuck in the water.
Martinez, Levante's head coach, is deep in discussion with his coaches.
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