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Levante v Real Madrid – story of the match

Isco thought he had scored the winner for Real Madrid before Giampaolo Pazzini’s late equaliser.

Veteran Italian forward Giampaolo Pazzini came off the bench to net a dramatic late equaliser as relegation-battlers Levante held Real Madrid to a 2-2 draw.

Fit-again captain Sergio Ramos headed the visitors into an early lead, but Emmanuel Boateng levelled just before half-time.

Levante keeper Olazabal Oier pulled off a brilliant save to deny Ramos a second before substitute Isco eventually made it 2-1 in the 81st minute.

Pazzini, though, had the final say when he slotted past Keylor Navas with just a minute left.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Karim Benzema

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France forward Karim Benzema produced a hard working display against Levante (John Walton/EMPICS Sport)

France forward Benzema worked hard from kick-off, always chasing seemingly lost causes. Benzema was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet himself when his shot was deflected behind after a powerful run into the penalty area. It was his determination to win back possession which set up Isco’s late goal and he deserved more than the final result.

Moment of the match

Veteran Italian forward Pazzini had not been on the pitch long when he found himself with a chance to grab the headlines with just a minute left. The former Azurri frontman, on loan from Hellas Verona, used all of his experience to get between the static Real Madrid defenders and slot a low shot past Navas, which went in off the goalkeeper’s hand. It is just the kind of luck which could help Levante stay up.

Stat Attack

Ramos’ early goal saw the Madrid skipper become the only defender to score in 14 consecutive La Liga seasons.

Ratings

Levante: Olazabal Oier 7 (out of 10), Andujar Coke 7, Roberto Suarez 7, Sergio Postigo 7, Antonio Luna 7, Jose Morales 8, Jefferson Lerma 7, Sasa Lukic 7, Cheick Doukoure 7, Ivan Ivi 7, Emmanuel Boateng 7.
Subs: David Jason (for Boateng, 60) 6, Marti Roger (for Lerma, 68) 6, Giampaolo Pazzini (for Ivi, 77) 7.

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas 7 (out of 10), Dani Carvajal 6, Raphael Varane 6, Sergio Ramos 7, Marcelo 6, Luka Modric 7, Carlos Casemiro 6, Toni Kroos 6, Gareth Bale 6, Karim Benzema 8, Cristiano Ronaldo 6.
Subs: Isco (for Bale, 65) 6, Marco Asensio (for Ronaldo, 82) 6.

Who’s up next?

Valencia v Levante (LaLiga, February 11)

Real Madrid v Real Sociedad (LaLiga, February 10)

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