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Real Leaves it Late Away to Levante
Reuters, October 7th, 2013 2:42PM

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Real Madrid snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in La Liga on Saturday, scoring twice in the final minutes to secure a 3-2 win away to lowly Levante. After the game, Real coach Carlo Ancelotti reflected on Los Blancos defensive problems. "We need more concentration because we gifted two goals,” the Italian tactician said. "The team dug deep at the end and never gave up. When our team plays, five minutes is all it takes to win a game."

With the game tied 1-1, Nabil El Zahr’s 86th-minute goal looked to have sealed Real’s fate, until substitute Alvaro Morata’s quick touch-and-shot put Los Blancos on even terms. Then, with virtually the last kick of the game, Cristiano Ronaldo rifled a 94th-minute shot from the edge of the area that glanced off a defender and the far post and into the net to secure an improbable victory.

The win moved Real into third-place in La Liga, five points behind leader Barcelona and second-place Atletico Madrid, which both won over the weekend, and remain tied on points. 

As Reuters points out, Levante’s entire squad is worth just over a third of the record $136 million Real paid for Wales winger Gareth Bale during the transfer window. Bale, of course, did not play in the win due to injury. 

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