Champs Real put six past Levante


Real Madrid got back to winning ways in fine style after thrashing Levante 6-0, with Vinicius Junior bagging a hat-trick on Thursday evening.

After a the loss to Atletico Madrid, the champions welcomed back the likes of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Luka Modric and star man Karim Benzema.

It took the newly-crowned champions 13 minutes from kick-off to break the deadlock after Ferland Mendy ran in from the left of the area to slot in at the near post.

Los Blancos were unfortunate not to go two goals to the good three minutes later this as Federico Valverde dropped in at the back-post and volleyed a cross from Modric against the upright.

Madrid bagged a second goal inside five minutes when Benzema leaped ahead of two challengers in the area to head in Vinicius Junior’s cross for his 44th goal in 44 games.

Levante’s evening got worse after a quick counter-attack on 34 minutes by Modric and Rodrygo saw the former play the Brazilian starlet in space for an easy close-range finish.

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This happened before Rodrygo had an effort from a ball into a clever channel by Benzema disallowed for offside, as Levante introduced Enis Bardhi and Jose Campana.

Real continued to hold dominance and nabbed a fourth goal on the stroke of halftime through Vinicius, who dribbled in from the left before finishing off a one-two with Modric.

Los Blancos should’ve made it five through a clear one-on-one from Rodrygo in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, but he steered wide from Benzema’s through pass.

Madrid did eventually grabbed a fifth goal midway in the second half when Benzema rounded goalkeeper Daniel Cardenas and set-up Vincius to tap in from point-blank range.

The host piled more misery on Levante as Vinicius completed his hat-trick when he ran clear from a loose pass around the area to fire in from a tight angle in the last seven minutes.

As full-time loomed, Real looked for a sixth after chances were created for Luka Jovic and Mariano Dias, but it wasn’t to be as the home team’s emphatic win relegated Levante from the top flight.

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