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Real Madrid vs. Levante: Live Player Ratings for La Liga Leaders

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 02:  Cristiano Ronaldo (R) of Real Madrid CF  celebrates scoring their second goal with teammate Gareth Bale (L) during the La Liga match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid CF at Vicente Calderon Stadium on March 2, 2014 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Karl MatchettFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2014

Real Madrid beat Levante convincingly by a 3-0 scoreline to return to the top of La Liga.

At half-time Real Madrid led 1-0 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo header early on, before goals from Marcelo and a Nikos own goal wrapped things up in the second half. Carvajal's injury and the soft red card for Navarro were the game's negative points.

Real Madrid Player Ratings
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First half analysis

LOPEZ—Flapped at an easy catch and hasn't looked commanding at times.

CARVAJAL—Getting forward to good effect, though not the best in terms of end product yet.

VARANE—Calm and assured in his defensive work.

RAMOS—Hasn't had too many problems to deal with other than one battle with Barral.

MARCELO—Aggressive in his running and looking to link well with those inside him with low crosses inside. Has defended well too.

ALONSO—Distributing well, covering the defence centrally, holding things together.

MODRIC—The early tempo-setter and the man to break the lines in the right channel. Faded after the first 20 minutes or so though.

DI MARIA—Has looked to go for goal from range but not with any great accuracy.

BALE—His pace and cutting inside to cross or shoot is causing problems.

BENZEMA—Good movement again from the striker who is really in form.

RONALDO—A wonderful leap and header for the goal, but quiet otherwise in the main.


Second half analysis

LOPEZ—Dealt well with the few routine saves he had to make.

CARVAJAL—Had been a good outlet going forward but his late injury caused concern.

VARANE—Took a kick to the knee and subbed in the second half.

RAMOS—Strong in defence though rarely threatened in truth.

MARCELO—Excellent all-round; the game's best performer.

ALONSO—Quietly efficient and controlled play from deep.

MODRIC—Faded after his good start to the game and didn't pick up after the break.

DI MARIA—A little wasteful in the final third.

BALE—His pace gave Levante problems as usual, but no end product with crosses or shots.

BENZEMA—Great movement all game long and really deserved a goal. Denied by Keylor Navas and the woodwork.

RONALDO—Played well in possession, opening play left and right, but could perhaps have added to his one goal.


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