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Feb 03, 2018, 01:12 AM Last Edit: Feb 03, 2018, 01:15 AM by aaguerra90
Match Day 22
Levante vs Real Madrid
Sunday, February 4th, 2018
3:45 am
Stadium: Estadi Ciutat de València

Levante:
Last six matches: D L L L L
Average goals per match: 0.9
Average goals against per match: 1.4
Top Scorer: Jose Luis (4)

Real Madrid:
Last six matches: W L W W L
Average goals per match: 2.1
Average goals against per match: 0.9
Top Scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo ( 8 )

Winning makes fans forget bad results. Real Madrid's 4-1 defeat of Valencia last week seems to have made people forget how bad their season has actually been. Maybe it is a sign that they have finally rediscovered their identity and are ready to turn their season around. Real Madrid are out of the Copa del Rey and, barring any sort of historical Barcelona meltdown, will not win La Liga. They are still alive in their favorite competition though: the Champions League. Zinedine Zidane's side are back-to-back defending European Champions and have their clash against PSG to look forward to. However, they need to focus on Levante this week.

Believe it or not, Real Madrid are fourth and in danger of being knocked out of the Champions League qualification spots, as they are only one point ahead of Villareal in fifth place, albeit with a game at hand. Madrid cannot afford to only pay attention to their upcoming tie with PSG as any slip up domestically may leave them out of the Champions League next season.

Levante are a struggling side at the moment. They are only two points above the relegation zone and are the side with the least wins in La Liga. Levante hasn't received all three points in their last nine matches. Given that Atletico Madrid and Barcelona defeated Levante 5-0 and 3-0 respectively, there is no reason to believe that Madrid won't win this one with a similar scoreline.

Prediction: Levante 1-4 Real Madrid

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Levante stunned Real Madrid by drawing 2-2 in the final minutes against the Madrid giants.

Things started off positively for Los Blancos, as they forced Levante to desperately clear the ball in the third minute with Karim Benzema lurking in the box. 

In the 11th minute Marcelo took a shot and had it deflected, resulting in a corner. Toni Kroos swung the cross in, to which Sergio Ramos rose up to and headed in the goal. This marked Ramos' 50th goal in La Liga for Real Madrid. Impressive numbers for a center back.

Real Madrid sought the second goal quickly, with desire to put this game away. Gareth Bale ran free down the flank and crossed to Cristiano Ronaldo. The Ballon d'Or winner dribbled around his defender and chipped onrushing goalkeeper Oier Olazabal. However, the ball went high.

In the 25th minute Ronaldo had an opportunity off a free kick but smashed the ball into the wall.

Casemiro would try his luck in the 30th minute from very long range. He spotted Oier off his line and took a chance from close to midfield but missed the goal high.

Oier was called to action by Kroos in the 32nd minute. The goalkeeper made the save but couldn't hold on to the ball. Ronaldo pounced on the rebound but hit it straight at Oier.

All those wasted chances would come to hurt Real Madrid. In the 42nd minute, it would be Levante who got a goal. Jose Luis Morales was sent through on goal but had his shot saved by Keylor Navas. Emmanuel Boateng was first to the ball and calmly slotted the ball into the net with Raphael Varane and Sergio Ramos trying to cover the empty goal.

After both teams enjoyed chances but neither capitalized. Ronaldo hit another free kick into the wall and Jefferson Lerma had a golden opportunity but Keylor Navas made a spectacular reflex save.

Sergio Ramos rose to another corner in the 75th minute, but Oier stepped up to the occasion and made the save.

Isco came on in the 66th minute for Gareth Bale and managed to make an impact in the game.
In the 81st minute Benzema intercepted a failed Levante clearance in the box and passed the ball to Isco at the penalty spot, which the Spaniard fired into the net.
It seemed like Real Madrid would take all three points but it was another substitute who would have the last laugh. Giampaolo Pazzini, 12 minutes into his debut with Levante, received the ball behind the Real Madrid defense and fired a powerful shot that Keylor Navas could only get a hand on but not deflect wide. 2-2 in the 89th minute and that would be the final score.

Real Madrid are fourth in La Liga, only two points ahead of Villarreal, albeit with a game at hand. Considering their league struggles, there is a strong possibility that we might not see Real Madrid in the Champions League next season. How shocking would that be?

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