Real Madrid Opens Up Three-Point La Liga Lead

  • AFP, Monday, March 10, 2014 6:28 PM
Real Madrid returned to the top of La Liga on Sunday with a comfortable 3-0 win against Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring with a towering header from a corner in the 11th minute. Four minutes after the break, Ronaldo set up the second for Brazil international Marcelo, who curled in an unstoppable right-footed shot into the lower left-hand corner of the net. Nine minutes from the end, Nikos Karabelas redirected Marcelo’s cross into his own net to make it 3-0. Real is now three points ahead of Atletico and four ahead of third-place Barcelona, which lost 1-0 at lowly Real Valladolid.

“It is a small advantage, but we cannot get ahead of ourselves. We can only think about the next game,” Real boss Carlo Ancelotti said after the game. “At one point we were six points behind so right now we are in a very good position. All we can do is continue in this form. There is still a long way in the season to go and the objective is to get to the last game of the season in this position.”

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