What a crazy match! Real Madrid were surprised from the second day of the Spanish League against Levante (3-3) on Sunday, as they presented the provisional first place in the standings against Atletico, the short winner of Elche 1-0 in the evening.
The first impostor of Carlo Ancelotti: The Italian coach, who carried the torch from Zinedine Zidane on the bench, received his first hard blow at the Levante stadium, which caused a sensation on the second day in Spain.
However, the Italian technical’s men opened the scoring in the fifth minute, thanks to a superb pass from David Alaba to Karim Benzema, who waited before withdrawing for Gareth Bale.
But after returning from the locker room the match was full: in less than ten minutes, Levante equalized and then advanced. First by Roger Marti, after a blocked ball (46th place), then by Jose Campania, found in the far post for a pure shot (57th place).
Vinicius, what a treat!
Luckily “Carlito” And for Merengues, Vinicius had a great evening: the young Brazilian, who entered the match in 59th place instead of Eden Hazard, erased in 30 minutes all the criticism leveled at him until then about his inaccuracy.
He finished first with a header and millimeter ball sent by Casemiro with a cross dive (73) to take his tally to 2-2.
Then after the new goal from Robert Pierre, sent by the header of David Alaba (79), Vinicius took advantage of a pass from Karim Benzema to sign the jewel of the evening: a smeared, compressed ball caressed the post before entering. Final tie net (3-3, 85).
That was before Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez’s direct red card for a hand error outside his area after climbing to a corner.
“He should keep scoring by flowing, on one-on-one, attacking the surface. With these qualities, he will be able to score a lot of goals. He also marked the match with his freshness. He did it very well in the first two games. He is clearly an important player. The problem It’s not there. What we missed today (Sunday) is in the defensive phase and not in the attack.”, Ancelotti replied at a press conference.
Crazy show delighted the locals and disappointed the players of “White House”. Ancelotti will have to find a quick fix to reduce defensive concerns, particularly with Lucas Vazquez, who pointed out the first two opposing goals… and was replaced by Dani Carvajal, who is back on the court seven months after his hamstring injury.
On the side of Atlético, it was“Enters” Striker Colchoneros hit again. While he had already flown to the rescue of his side during the opening success at Celta Vigo last weekend with two goals (2-1), Angel Correa scored again on Sunday, off the outside of his right foot, capitalizing on a utter failure. Eliminated by Elche goalkeeper Kiko Casella (39).
allow “Rojiblancos” To beat Elche 1-0 and temporarily take the lead in the La Liga table.
With three goals in two matches, the young Argentine striker is currently the top scorer in La Liga along with Vinicius. He scored eight goals in his last eight matches with Atlético over the two seasons.
The party started again for the Spanish champion, who was finally able to present his trophy to the public on Sunday, in the Metropolitano who found his supporters (24.926) for the first time in eighteen months.
Supporters who managed to attend the first period of their main off-season recruit: Rodrigo de Paul. The Argentina international midfielder, the recent Copa America winner, was a volunteer, not hesitant to help out in defensive positions, and did well in his compatriot’s goal.
The Elche side, it was also the first entry for the former Argentine striker from Marseille Dario Benedetto, who arrived just at the beginning of the week on the Valencian coast. He replaced Perry Milla in 63rd place.
In the afternoon, Real Sociedad, who also found their fans in Anoeta, managed to beat Rayo Vallecano, newly promoted in La Liga, with the same score.
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