Real Madrid lose their 'boring' tag following 1-4 win at Levante
Just one game after labelling Real Madrid ‘boring’, Marca have resumed their role as cheerleader for the club and asking “Can they be Champions once more?”. Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s hatrick in Real’s 4-1 victory over Levante will have certainly helped silence critics of Fabio Capello, for at least a week.
However, the scribes over at Marca would do well to remember that Real Madrid’s first win of the season came against lowly Levante and should probably wait a little while longer before popping the corks on the cava. Levante, amongst the favourites for relegation , were forced to play with ten men for an hour of the match following Dehu’s first half dismissal.
Van Nistelrooy opened the scoring after 17 minutes and strike partner Antonio Cassano extended the lead 11 minutes later. In spite of their numerical disadvantage, Levante, gave themselves a chance when Felix Ettien grabbed a goal back eight minutes before the half time break.
Van Nistelrooy once again gave Real a two-goal lead just before the hour mark to effectively put an end of any hopes of a Levante come back.
A bad day got considerably worse when Levante were reduced to nine men with Diego Camacho’s dismissal in the final minute for a foul in the penalty area, although Van Nistelrooy was unable to convert from the resulting penalty.
The former Manchester United front-man completed his hat trick deep into injury time to round off a very good day for Fabio Capello.
The Italian, true to form, refused to get carried away by the result, stating “ We were too slow at times”
The pragmatic Italian added “I’m very upset that we conceded against ten men. That should never happen”