Meeting at the end of the 36th day of La Liga this Thursday at 9.30pm. At the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid, the leader and already defending champion of Spain, hosted Levante, the red lantern. Defeated at the Wanda Metropolitano last weekend against Atlético de Madrid (0-1), the Merengues had to raise their heads to better prepare for the Champions League final, scheduled for Liverpool on May 28 . On the other hand, the Granotes, almost doomed despite their recent victory against Real Sociedad (2-1), were forced to stay three points to continue believing in the maintenance at the end of the season. For this match, Carlo Ancelotti opted for a 4-3-3 cu Benzema, Rodrygo and Vinicius, lined up on the front of the attack and well supported by Camavinga, who started in midfield. For his part, Alessio Lisci started with a 5-3-2 where Morales and Gomez formed the offensive duo.
In the eyes of Casa Blanca fans, however, the level gap, symbolized in the standings, was logically going to materialize on the pitch. If Benzema lit the first wick (2nd), Mendy, superbly thrown by Modric, finally found the gap shortly before the end of the first quarter of an hour of play (1-0, 13th). Driven by this opening score, the Merengues quickly started to attack again, but neither Benzema (16th), Valverde (16th) nor Mendy (19th) found the break. Master of the debates and in total control in the midfield, Real nevertheless ended up taking the lead. On a well-worked center by Vinicius, Benzema, well placed six meters away, placed a victorious header (2-0, 20th). Overwhelmed and guilty of a new loss of ball in midfield, Levante cracked once again a few moments later …
Karim Benzema joins Raul, Vinicius Jr is enjoying himself!
On a perfect serve from Modric, Rodrygo, the hero of the Champions League semi-final against Manchester City, tripled the lead (3-0, 34th). Just before the break, Valverde thought to make the score worse but his overpowering twenty-meter rebound, pushed back by Cardenas, ended his run on the bar (42nd). It was only a matter of time before a few seconds later, Vinicius, found by Modric (author of his third decisive pass of the evening), offered himself his 15th goal of the season with a beautiful curled shot (4-0, 45e). Without mercy, Real strolled against the reckless opponents of Levante. Author of his 323rd goal under the Madrid tunic, “KB9” in his favor to become the second best scorer in the history of the club, tied with a certain Raul.
When the locker room returned, the appearance of the meeting did not change much. From the first moments of the second act, Valverde sent a 25-meter missile that flirted a little with the Cardenas crossbar (48th). In the process, it was Modric, sparkling in this encounter, who made the last wall of Levante shine on a superb rolled shot (50th). And if Rodrygo and then Vinicius thought to complete the addition, it was Vinicius, well served by Benzema, who offered himself a double (5-0, 68th). Unbearable in this match, the Brazilian, launched by Peter, even signed a triple by perfectly adjusting the goalkeeper of the Frogs (6-0, 83rd). With this wide victory without any contestation (6-0), Real Madrid, already sacred, is preparing for its best LdC final against the Reds on May 28. Levante, a red lantern, is officially relegated to the second division.
The official compositions at the start
In the 11th Real Madrid
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The XI of the East
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