A match featuring La Liga's top goal scorer and one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe did not disappoint, as Real Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo turned back Levante, 3-0, Sunday night at the Bernabeu.
Ronaldo recorded the match’s first goal in the 12th minute, and assisted Marcelo on the second with Los Blancos extending their unbeaten streak to 17 La Liga matches.
The three points also puts Los Blancos back in first on the table, just ahead of Atletico while creating more separation from rival Barcelona.
Levante keeper Keylor Navas represented his club’s best chance of thwarting Madrid, but not even he could silence the ceaseless barrage.
Already down 2-0 late in the second half, the situation was made worse for Navas after defender David Navarro was shown a red card following a rough foul on Ronaldo in the 64th minute, putting Levante down a man.
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The match was eventually out of hand after Levante Nikos Karabelas committed an own goal while attempting to thwart another cross from Marcelo in the 81st.
His teammates blunders aside, Navas was still in top form, totaling eight saves, upping his total to 110 on the year.
Los Blancos fired off 25 shots with 10 on target, increasing the attack pressure throughout and allowing Levante one shot on goal. Ronaldo and his squad also smothered the ball for a 71-29 possession advantage, and forced 12 corner kicks.
To start off Ronaldo skyed well above the pitch for his goal, heading in Angel Di Maria’s corner kick for his 24th score of the season and a 1-0 lead.
Four minutes into the second half, Ronaldo would slip a through ball to Marcelo, who finished the play with one touch and a right-footed shot across the goal and past Navas. It was the first La Liga goal for the Brazilian since the 2011-12 campaign.