Levante 2-2 Real Madrid: Player Ratings
Real dropped more points to further hamper their already thin hopes of winning the league title
Real Madrid travelled to Ciutat de Valencia to face thirteenth placed Levante hoping for a positive result that could help change their fortunes.
The first half saw Real dominate the game but they lost the plot in the final five minutes of the second. Ramos opened the scoring for Los Blancos in the fourteenth minute. However, Boateng equalised with a fine finish into the bottom corner with two minutes to go in the half.
The second half had a lot more end to end stuff. It was Real who took the lead again, this time via Isco. However, their joy was short-lived as Pazzini slotted home on his Levante debut very late in the game.
Let's take a look at how the players fared for their respective teams:
Oier Olazabel: 7/10
Olazabel was a solid presence at the back. He was called into action quite often and did well on all occasions. He made excellent stops throughout the match to keep his team in the game.
The full-back had a pretty solid game for his team. He did not allow anyone on his inside and did not let Theo to flourish on the overlap. In attack, he did not venture up much, but who can demand more after such a solid showing at the back?
Rober Pier: 8/10
Pier put in a good performance as he was constantly in the way of Benzema and company, keeping them at bay for the majority of the game. He made a string of important interceptions and tackles to keep Leganes in the game
Sergio Postiga: 7/10
The centre-back, like his defensive partners, was always alert to the dangers Real players posed to his goal and was ever-ready to deal with them. He never gave an inch of space to anyone in and around the penalty box.
Antonio Luna: 6/10
Luna defended his team's left flank quite diligently. He was tentative and always ready to go into a tackle. However, he was quite often overwhelmed by the overlapping Bale and Carvajal combo later in the game.
Jose Luis Morales: 6/10
Playing as a right-winger on the night, his attacking input during his time on the pitch was next to nothing. However, he more than made up for it by tracking back and covering the runs of Marcelo
Jefferson Lerma: 7/10
The nimble-footed midfielder had a quite different role to play tonight. He was asked to play inside his own half without seeing much of the ball. He did that very well while also using his ability to turn defence into attack quickly.
Sasa Lukic: 7.5/10
The defensive midfielder was quite combative in the middle of the park. He screened his defence well and never shied away from a tackle despite an apparent gulf in quality.
Cheick Doukoure: 6.5/10
Doukoure had a decent game. Though he was not much influential in the first half, he came out on top in the midfield battle against Madrid’s midfield during the final 45 minutes. His distribution was efficient, if not eye-catching.
The wide midfielder did not contribute much to his team's attacking fortunes. However, just like his counterpart on the other side of the pitch, his hard work in defence was absolutely crucial.
Emmanuel Boateng: 7/10
Boateng was absolutely phenomenal. He was at the centre of anything good that came for Levante in attack. His finish for the goal was amazing apart from the fact that he was the instigator for most of his side's counter attacks.
He was brought on for the excellent John Guidetti, but could not quite continue his senior partner's good work. He did not see much of the ball in the time he was afforded on the pitch. However, he provided the assist for Pazzini's goal with an excellent through ball.
Roger Marti: 6/10
Brought on for Jefferson Lerma, Marti had a decent game. He helped his team deal with a host of attacks and then convert one of those moments into counter attacks. Though he was not very flashy, he was efficient.
Giampaolo Pazzini: 7.5/10
Pazzini came on for Ivi in the 78th minute. He was almost always a threat in and around the Madrid box. He equalised for his team late in the match.