15 Sep Real Madrid v Levante Match Report, 14/09/2019, Primera División
Karim Benzema scored twice in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante as Eden Hazard produced his inaugural debut.
Eden Hazard produced his Real Madrid debut since they maintained a nervy 3-2 success over Levante in LaLiga thanks to 2 goals from Karim Benzema.
A brace from Benzema, and a target from Casemiro, guaranteed Madrid were firmly in control when 3-0 ahead in the break in front of a second-half fightback from the people.
Borja Mayoral, on loan in Levante in Madrid, pulled a goal back along with the house team declared again if Gonzalo Melero led from a corner, together with Thibaut Courtois maintaining their lead with a fine save in the final minutes.
Hazard, who combined by Chelsea, was given a warm welcome when released on the hour, the Belgium forwards with missed his new club opening three matches of the year with a muscle injury.
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Madrid dominated the first half of the stress and strength was rewarded with a three-goal pillow in the period.
James Rodriguez induced difficulties for Levante — unbeaten on their past 2 visits to the Bernabeu — together with the Colombian’s smart pass finding Lucas Vazquez, who delivered Dani Carvajal scampering free on the best.
Carvajal’s high cross was met by Benzema who uttered space in the front of the marker and glanced a header beyond Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez.
James was powerful again five minutes later when he played with a deft pass to the playground for Benzema, who clinically freed his instant.
But, the selection of Madrid’s goals came on the stroke of half-time, a sweeping team move culminating in Vinicius Junior’s low cross for Casemiro to tap home from close selection.
Mayoral refused to observe against his parent’s club after he netted four minutes after the interval, the forwards crossing the ball home after great work by Carlos Clerc.
Benzema struck the bottom of this article but Madrid’s defence were hanging on for its closing 15 moments when a well-worked corner enabled replacement Melero to go in at the back post.
What exactly does it imply? Madrid survive second-half frighten
Zinedine Zidane’s side secured their first home win of the year after a fashionable first half filled with free-flowing football, however, Levante gave them a real fright.
The effect signifies Madrid stay at the chasing pack behind city rivals Atletico Madrid. Levante, meanwhile, leave with their heads held high, albeit no things to show for their efforts.
Brilliance from Benzema
Benzema’s global career with France might seem to be over but that he will find an opportunity to remind the French people of his possessions when Madrid visit Paris next. Within this type of form, he’ll enjoy the chance.
Frustrating day for Fernandez
There was small goalkeeper Fernandez can do any of Madrid’s aims and he’ll feel somewhat aggrieved to have come away with nothing more to display for a nice performance between the articles.
Crucial Opta details
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– Just Kylian Mbappe (21) and Lionel Messi (21) have scored more goals in 2019 compared to Karim Benzema (19) at the top five European Leagues.
– Vinicius Junior supplied his first aid in LaLiga (22 games played).
– James Rodriguez has supplied 40 aids for Madrid in most contests, 10 of these for Benzema, more than just about every other participant (along with Cristiano Ronaldo, too 10).
– Madrid have neglected to maintain a clean sheet in their last eight LaLiga matches, their second worst encounter under Zinedine Zidane (9 involving December 2017 and February 2018).
– Madrid have won from Levante at LaLiga for the first time since October 2015 in Santiago Bernabeu (D1 L1 in the previous two seasons).
What is next
Madrid start their Champions League campaign on Wednesday with a visit to Paris Saint-Germain before another catchy away afternoon at Sevilla. In terms of Levante, they’re back in LaLiga action next Saturday when they host Eibar.