The Paw Print
The “whites” from Madrid won their visit against Levante FC in a game from the 8th round in the Spanish La Liga, played in front of little over 25,000 people at “Estadi Ciutat de València.” The team, led by Carlo Ancelotti, now has 30 goals scored in the league since the beginning of the season, and Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 14th and 15th goals, officially becoming the 1st player in La Liga’s history to ever score that many goals in the first 8 league games.
Havier Henrandez (38th minute), James Rodriguez (66th minute) and Isco (82nd minute) also scored respectively, playing an important role in Real’s Saturday win. The absolutely phenomenal Garret Bale has been complaining of some miner lower back pain, and Carlo Ancelotti had decided to let him rest this weekend and get him ready for the upcoming UEFA Champions league clash against Liverpool FC this week. This opened a spot for the young and also really talented Spaniard, Isco, in the starting line-up.
Ever since the kick-off, the visitors from Madrid were the more composed and intelligent team on the field, managing to create great goal-scoring opportunities within the first 2 minutes of the game. The Portuguese super-star player, CR7, had an opportunity to open the score but, Levante’s goalkeeper Diego Marino blocked his shot. “Los blancos” looked like the more dangerous team on the field, and they got their chance in the 12th minute when the World Cup 2014 sensation, James Rodriguez, gave Havier Hernandez a perfect through ball only for the Mexican to be fouled in the 18-yard box, giving Cristiano Ronaldo the opportunity to shoot a penalty kick, which he utilized and gave his team the early lead. Even though Real Madrid managed to control the pace of the game with possessing the ball much more than their opponent, Levante created a couple chances in the 25th minute, when after a strange rebound, Iker Casillas was lucky that the ball didn’t end up at the back of his net. Soon after that situation, Victor Camarasa was unguarded in the 18-yard box and, after a precisely served corner kick; Luka Mordic had to save his team by clearing Camarasa’s shot from the goal line. The home team wanted the referee to give penalty for them too in the 33rd minute, when Ruben Garcia fell in the box but the referee passed the situation. Only 4 minutes later Real Madrid scored again, this time through their new signing, Havier Henrandez, who was assisted by James with a beautiful cross where “Chicharito” headed the ball in the back of the net. The second goal seemed to be the one that kind of “crushed” Levante’s will to fight, and they couldn’t create any dangerous situation in front of Iker Casillas, whereas “los merenges” scored 3 more times and played outstanding for the remainder of the game.
Each win in la Liga is important because the top 4 teams are usually only few points apart, and a simple “mistake” for the leaders in the current standings could lead to a loss of momentum, which is really important at that level. Ancelotti gave rest to some of his key players this week so they should be up and ready to go for the big game against Liverpool FC in the UCL.