Following two terrible results in a row in La Liga, Real Madrid enjoyed the international break to put themselves together. Playing at the Santiago Bernabeu, Zinedine Zidane’s men suffered to beat the modest Levante, but at the end of the day, it’s all about getting the three points, isn’t it? The Madrid team had a devastating first half, opening a 3-0 lead, but slowed down the pace in the second half as Levanted reduced the gap to 3-2. The match also marked Eden Hazard’s official debut for Los Blancos.
With the result, Real Madrid reached eight points and remained unbeaten in the national competition and in the second position, at least momentarily, as there are still other games on this Matchday 4. Levante is fifth with six points.
Karim Benzema was the main man, as he found the nets twice. The French striker opened the scoring in the 24th minute after Carvajal’s precise cross. Six minutes later, he made it two, after combining with James Rodriguez, another good surprise among Real’s starters. 2-0 Madrid.
At 40, Benzema started the counterattack and triggered Vinicius Junior. The Brazilian ran down the wing and crossed as Casemiro tapped into the nets to make it three. It seemed too easy to Real Madrid. However, this Madrid isn’t the same as of that one of the Ronaldo era.
Levante reduced the scoring at the beginning of the second half and changed the game’s scenario. Striker Borja Mayoral, who, ironically, belongs to the Madrid team, scored. Shortly after conceding the goal, Zidane sacked Casemiro, who had a yellow card, and introduced the debutant Hazard maintaining an extremely offensive line-up on the field with four strikers.
The strategy was not the best, as it left Real exposed. With more room to play, the visitors scored another goal with Melero on 75 minutes and went on looking for the equalizer.
However, the Madrid team held the visitors’ momentum and secured the win.
It was a good warm-up win to get ready for Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League debut on Wednesday, in Paris. However, the way Real took the foot off the accelerator in the second half is worrying. They should be aware of it ahead of PSG.