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Real Madrid 2-0 Levante

Gareth Bale
Bale had not scored for Real since 24 January

Gareth Bale scored his first goals in 10 matches as Real Madrid kept pace with Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a win over Levante.

Bale opened the scoring by powering home a loose ball in the box, after Cristiano Ronaldo's acrobatic effort was saved.

The Welshman added his second by diverting Ronaldo's low driven shot, which appeared to be going wide.

Real trail leaders Barca, who beat Eibar 2-0 on Saturday, by one point.

Bale's last goal for Real came in a 2-1 victory over Cordoba in January, and the £85m world-record signing had been singled out for criticism in the Spanish press.

On Friday, influential sports daily Marca published a full-page analysis of the Welsh international's recent performances, with Bale described as "absent, lost and identifying little with the cause".

The former Tottenham winger was visibly relieved after reacting quickest to put Real ahead with a powerful right-foot strike.

Real went into the game trailing Barcelona by four points, having allowed their rivals to overtake them by claiming just two points from their last two games.

The home side should have scored more than twice, with Ronaldo especially culpable of wasting chances.

It was the Portuguese, a frustrated figure for much of the encounter, whose shot allowed Bale to turn in Real's second goal before half-time.

Although there was at first confusion as to whether Bale got a touch, replays showed Ronaldo's effort was going wide, with the Welshman providing the faintest but most crucial of deflections.

Barca and Real meet in next Sunday's El Clasico at the Nou Camp, a 20:00 GMT kick-off.

Gareth Bale
Bale was delighted to have score his first goal in nine matches
Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo
The Welshman turned in from Ronaldo's wayward shot to put Real 2-0 ahead
Gareth Bale
Real's victory leaves them just one point behind Barcelona, who they play next Sunday

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 13Navas
  • 15Carvajal
  • 3Pepe
  • 4RamosBooked at 85mins
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19ModricBooked at 30minsSubstituted forIllarramendiat 78'minutes
  • 16Borges
  • 23IscoSubstituted forRodríguez Ruizat 69'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forHernándezat 82'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 2Varane
  • 8Kroos
  • 14Hernández
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 24Illarramendi

Levante

  • 13Mariño
  • 2López Mendoza
  • 4Navarro
  • 14Ramis
  • 3García Aranda
  • 17XumetraSubstituted forEl Zharat 59'minutes
  • 26Camarasa
  • 24Mate Junior
  • 11Morales NogalesSubstituted forGarcía Santosat 59'minutes
  • 5UcheSubstituted forCasadesús Castañoat 75'minutes
  • 7Barral

Substitutes

  • 1Fernández Collado
  • 8El Zhar
  • 10García Santos
  • 12García García
  • 18Casadesús Castaño
  • 22Sissoko
  • 25Martín-Bejarano Serrano
Referee:
Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
Attendance:
64,500

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamLevante
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home22
Away7
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home10
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Levante 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Levante 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Gareth Bale with a headed pass following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Iván López.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nabil El Zhar (Levante) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Rubén García with a through ball.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Javier Hernández is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Jesé (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Casadesús (Levante).

  9. Post update

    Víctor Camarasa went off injured after Levante had used all subs.

  10. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  11. Post update

    Delay in match Víctor Camarasa (Levante) because of an injury.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Casadesús (Levante) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Toño with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Víctor Camarasa (Levante) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

  14. Booking

    Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

  16. Post update

    Casadesús (Levante) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcelo.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

  19. Post update

    Toño (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Javier Hernández replaces Karim Benzema.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 15th March 2015

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