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La Liga: Vinicius' Brace Saves Point For Madrid With Draw At Levante

La Liga: Vinicius' Brace Saves Point For Madrid With Draw At

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Oladimeji Balogun
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Gareth Bale scored his first Liga goal since 2019 but it took two late goals from his replacement, Vinicius Junior, to earn Real Madrid a 3-3 draw at Levante on Sunday.

That result allowed champions Atletico Madrid, who beat Elche 1-0 earlier in the evening, to take the top spot in La Liga. 

In the late game in Valencia, Bale gave Real Madrid the lead after five minutes. Karim Benzema ran in on goal but the ball was held up by water on the pitch and he had to cut it back to Bale who side-footed the ball home.  

It was the Welshman's first goal in La Liga since his second goal, an 86th-minute equaliser, in a 2-2 draw against Villarreal at the start of September in 2019, a match which he ended by collecting a red card.

Real dominated the first half but could not find a second. Instead, Levante leveled 28 seconds into the second half.

The ball broke to unmarked Roger who beat Thibaut Courtois with a hard low shot 

Levante took the lead in the 57th minute when Jose Campana met a deep cross with a sweet volley into the top corner. 

Real manager Carlo Ancelotti promptly yanked off Bale, Isco, and Eden Hazard in a triple substitution.

One of the subs, Vinicius repaid his coach in the 73rd minute, accelerating onto a pass from Casemiro, shrugging off a defender, and rolling a shot into the corner of the net.

Seven minutes later, David Alaba nodded a Levante free-kick down into his own six-yard box and Rober Pier gleefully thumped the ball home from close range.

With five minutes left, Vinicius again equalised. 

Receiving the ball wide of the post and near the goal-line, he still somehow found the net, lofting the ball round goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez and in off the far post. 

Two minutes later, Fernandez was sent off for handling outside his area to stop a Real counter-attack. Because Levante had used all their substitutes, defender Ruben Vezo went in goal but Real could not find a winner.

"He has qualities, he's very fast, he's young, he's a great striker," said Ancelotti of the Brazilian, but he refused to say if Vinicius would start the next game, which could cost Bale his place.

"I don't give so much importance to who starts the game or not. It's not that important. Today, Vinicius changed the match with his freshness."

"What we lacked  was in the defense, not in attack," said Ancelotti saying his team needed to work on their "defensive commitment."  

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Oladimeji Balogun
Oladimeji Balogun

Oladimeji Balogun is a graduate of the University of Ilorin where he studied Microbiology, he is a w...

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2 Barcelona 37 73
3 Atletico Madrid 37 68
4 Sevilla 38 67
5 Real Betis 38 65
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