Giampaolo Pazzini earns Levante a draw against struggling Real Madrid
Giampaolo Pazzini struck an 89th-minute equaliser on his Levante debut to earn his facet a deserved 2-2 draw against struggling giants Real Madrid on Saturday. Madrid keep fourth in La Liga after the veteran Italian ahead broke by means of on purpose and fired previous Keylor Navas, who acquired a hand to it however couldn’t hold the ball out.
Sergio Ramos, again from harm, opened the scoring with a header within the 11th minute from Toni Kroos’s nook, however Emmanuel Boateng equalised shortly earlier than halftime when he slotted house from the sting of the world after Navas had denied Jose Luis Morales. Isco, introduced on for the ineffective Gareth Bale, appeared to have earned Madrid the three factors when he slammed house within the 81st minute however Pazzini, on mortgage from Verona, had the ultimate say.
The 33-year-old’s late strike denied Madrid the possibility to maneuver above Valencia and go third, with Los Blancos left 18 factors behind their rivals and unbeaten league leaders Barcelona.
“We were controlling the game but we made two mistakes and conceded two goals; that is football,” Casemiro informed beIN Sports. “If you do that in defence then the other team can hurt you. We have to think game by game, we are playing well and improving.”
Ramos, making his first league look since Dec. 23 when Madrid had been crushed by Barcelona within the Clasico, opened the scoring with a header which earned him the person file of being the primary defender to attain in 14 consecutive seasons. However his day quickly soured when he was booked for an elbow on Boateng and then performed Morales onside for Levante’s equaliser.
The winger burst by means of on purpose and was denied by Navas, dealing with his former facet, however Boateng was available to fastidiously steer house the rebound. Zidane took off Bale for Isco and modified formation from 4-3-3 to 4-4-2 as he appeared for extra management of a ragged sport. It paid dividends when Karim Benzema arrange the Spaniard to fireplace house, earlier than Pazzini put Levante degree once more.