Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Real Wins 'War' Against Levante in Driving Rain
ESPN Soccernet, November 12th, 2012 1:35PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  real madrid, spain

MOST COMMENTED

Following Barcelona’s 4-2 win in Mallorca, Real Madrid faced a must-win game at Levante on Sunday night, or else the reigning Spanish champion would find itself 11 points adrift of the Catalans. Add to that torrential rain, a waterlogged field, the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo, and a missed penalty late in the second half, and you probably would have bet against Los Blancos getting the result they needed, yet Real managed to grind out a 2-1 win in the driving rain, thanks to an 84th minute winner from young substitute Alvaro Morata.

"I had not played a game like that in such conditions,” Real coach Jose Mourinho said afterward. “You must adapt. We switched to 4-4-2 as it was not a game to play soccer. When they reacted we had to show our character. Without Cristiano it was more difficult, but [Angel] Di Maria and [Jose] Callejon worked so hard. The crowd did not see a soccer game, but an honest war."

Not everyone was satisfied, however: Levante midfielder Juanlu thought the referee favored Madrid throughout. "The referee was a disgrace," Juanlu said. "The penalty was not a penalty, and the last free kick [from which Morata scored] was not a free-kick.” He added: "La Liga was over if they did not win, so that could not happen.”

Ronaldo, who received an elbow close his eyebrow in the first half from Levante’s David Navarro, left the game at halftime after receiving five stitches. 

Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Ozil on the Defensive    
In an interview with German news outlet FAZ, Arsenal's much-maligned playmaker Mesut Ozil defended his record ...
LVG: We Threw Away Three Points     
Louis van Gaal said that Manchester United threw three points away as Leicester City twice rallied ...
Messi Closes in on 400 Career Goals     
After scoring the last of Barcelona's five goals against Levante on Sunday, Lionel Messi moved to ...
Bayern Looking Up at Paderborn    
Just four games into the Bundesliga season and Bayern Munich finds itself in the unfamiliar position ...
PSG Continues Slow Start     
For the third game in a row, struggling French champ Paris Saint-Germain drew 1-1 after taking ...
Inzaghi Responds to Milan President's Criticism     
Milan President Silvio Berlusconi on Sunday fired a thinly veiled criticism at Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi ...
Mourinho: Lampard 'Love Story' Over at Chelsea     
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho proclaimed that the "love story" between his Blues and current Manchester City ...
Nigerian U-20 star Dike hopes more Cowgirl goals will come    
Goals by Courtney Dike helped Nigeria reach the final of the Under-20 Women's World Cup in ...
Inzaghi: Milan Has Nothing to Lose Against Juve     
AC Milan on Saturday hosts Juventus in an early-season top-of-the-standings clash of Italian heavyweights. While Milan ...
London Wins Semis and Final of Euro 2020    
UEFA on Friday awarded Wembley Stadium in London as the venue for the semifinals and final ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives