SPAIN – A goal from Vinicius midway through the first half and another from Benzema in the extension of the second gave the victory and the lead to Real Madrid in Villarreal against Levante (0-2), in a match in which the Madrid team was of more less.
The Valencian team grew in the final half hour, in which it was close to a tie, but in added time Real Madrid signed the victory in one against.
While the visiting team did not give Levante an option in the first hour of play, the local team, after the changes, forced Courtois to be the protagonist.
Both began the meeting with great dynamism and intensity and with a more offensive and present Real Madrid in the Levantine field, against a rival who sought to approach the counterattack, but who found it difficult to reach the vicinity of the goal of Curtois.
The result of Madrid’s dominance was the 0-1, which came after a corner shot by Modric that Vinicius controlled unopposed to beat Aitor with a great shot.
The Brazilian’s goal did not change the dynamics of the game. The proposal of the Zinedine Zidane team was solid and left no options for Levantine football, characterized almost always by the search for spaces against them, but which Real Madrid would not let him develop.
However, Levante took advantage of a set piece action to create danger against the visiting goal. A corner kick taken by Campaña that was finished off powerfully by Vukcevic to the crossbar after half an hour of play became the first chance to score for the Valencian team.
With this dynamic, the shock reached its equator. Real Madrid was settled in the field and Levante could not find a way to reply to the superiority of its opponent.
Real Madrid kept up their offensive threats after the break, with Aitor Fernández constantly reaching the goal and without allowing Levante to approach him with danger.
A ball hit a Benzema post in the 51st minute and two crossed shots by Vinicius shortly after were a true reflection of what was happening on the pitch.
Levante reduced the water and when they had the ball they could not get it to reach their creative men because of the potential of their rival, but also because José Campaña, habitual creator of the local game, had hardly been seen.
While Real Madrid always found the way to easily get into the area of Paco López’s team, Levante combined the stress generated by the rival with a couple of occasions from Bardhi that could establish the equalizer.
These actions caused a certain inflection in the rhythm of the game, since Levante, after the entry of Melero and De Frutos, let go and got rid of the suffocating dominance of the Madrid team, which saw how the VAR annulled a goal to Sergio Ramos for offside (m.68).
Levante appeared more and more, but in the last moments of the clash, Real Madrid recovered and carried out a placid clash at the beginning and complicated at the end, against a Levante that improved a lot in the second half.