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First Division - Day 24

Real Madrid 2 - Levante 0

Madrid: Adán; Sergio Ramos, Raúl Albiol, Carvalho, Marcelo; Lass, Khedira; Di María (Özil 76'), Kaká (Adebayor 76'), Cristiano Ronaldo; Benzema (Gago 85'). 4-2-3-1.
Levante: Munúa; Cerra, Ballesteros, Nano, Del Horno, Juanfran; Valdo, Xavi Torres (Lois 79'), Iborra, Xisco Muñoz (Jefferson Montero 60'); Caicedo (Stuani 73'). 5-4-1.

1-0. 06. Benzema. Turned ball in on far post after good run by Di María.
2-0. 41. Carvalho. Connected with wide Ronaldo free kick close to goal.

Yellow cards: Sergio Ramos 30', Caicedo 45', Lass 57'.

Real Madrid closed the gap at the top of the table to two points pending Barcelona's match on Sunday after beating Levante 2-0 on Saturday evening. Mourinho rested several of his first choice players for the upcoming Champions League clash at Olympique Lyon, but even so they went ahead early on when Di María cut through the five man defence before setting up Benzema for the easiest of goals. Cristiano Ronaldo went close a couple of times and Munúa did well to keep out Di María and Benzema, but late in the first half Carvalho got on the end of Ronaldo's wide free kick to make it two. After the restart an excellent Munúa prevented Madrid from extending the lead, the keeper saving from Khedira, Benzema, Ronaldo and Özil, and Adebayor had a last minute goal ruled out for offside. But Mourinho's run of nine years without a home defeat was never at risk, and Barça are now in their sights.