Real Madrid bounced back to winning ways in La Liga as they fought to a 2-1 win against a spirited Levante side on Sunday evening.
Levante were the better of the two sides during the first half, but Real Madrid were awarded with an opportunity to open the scoring from the spot shortly before half-time following a VAR referral. Karim Benzema stepped up and confidently stroked his spot kick home to give Los Blancos the advantage.
Levante were able to draw level on the hour mark, but Real were able to restore their lead late on after another VAR referral awarded a second penalty of the evening, with Gareth Bale converting. Nacho Fernandez and Ruben Rochina were then sent off during the closing exchanges and Los Blancos were able to cling on to the win.
Check out the full breakdown of the match below.
Starting XI: Fernandez (6), Cabacco (6), Vezo (6), Rober (6); Simon (8), Rochina (6), Campana (7), Bardhi (6), Luna (6); Roger (7), Morales (8).
Substitutes: Doukoure (6), Raphael (5), Vukcevic (N/A).
Key Talking Point
Give Vinicius Jr two more seasons playing regular football at Madrid and he will be a problem for any team. #Baller #RMCF
— Dean (@deandaoud) February 24, 2019
REMINDER: Vinicius Jr is the real deal.
— Prof Yinka (@GalacticoNG) February 24, 2019
Vinicius is fast.
Yes I am watching La Liga On ITV4
— Scott Saunders (@_scottsaunders) February 24, 2019
Levante are back in action next Monday as they face off against Leganes, whilst Real Madrid will begin their preparations for their Copa del Rey semi-final second leg against Barcelona on Wednesday.