2020-2021 LaLiga
  • Vinícius Júnior (16')
  • Karim Benzema (90'+5')

Real Madrid go top of La Liga with win at Levante thanks to Vinicius, Benzema goals

Goals from Vinicius Junior and Karim Benzema plus some top class saves from Thibaut Courtois gave Real Madrid a 2-0 win at Levante on Sunday for a third consecutive La Liga victory.

Brazilian forward Vinicius, Madrid's match-winner in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Real Valladolid, also gave his side the lead at Levante, controlling a loose ball inside the area and taking his time to curl into the far corner in the 16th minute.

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Real missed chances to extend their lead but in the end had to rely on another exceptional performance from goalkeeper Courtois to see out the victory, before Benzema added their second goal deep in added time on the break.

The win took the champions top of the standings with 10 points after four games, despite starting the season later than many of their rivals.

"It's normal for us all to be struggling a bit in the second half so early in the season, it was very hot out there and Levante are a very good team who know how to play well," said Vinicius.

"We are still lacking a bit of sharpness but after the international break I think we're going to come back much stronger."

Levante struggled to cope with Madrid for much of the first half but nearly responded to Vinicius' opener when Nikola Vukcevic headed against the bar after half an hour.

Madrid should have put the game out of Levante's reach in a blistering start to the second period in which Benzema fired against the post and Vinicius danced past two defenders only to miss the target from close range.

Captain Sergio Ramos looked to have found the all-important second goal when he headed home from a free kick but the effort was ruled out for offside following a VAR review and Madrid ended up riding their luck to cling to their advantage.

Courtois made himself big and thwarted a shot from Carlos Clerc with his legs, after making three saves to deny Enis Bardhi.

Time was almost up when Benzema skipped through on goal unchallenged and smashed high into the net to make sure of the victory.

Spanish Primera División Standings

1 Atletico Madrid 23 +29 55
2 Real Madrid 24 +23 52
3 Sevilla FC 23 +18 48
4 Barcelona 23 +28 47
5 Real Sociedad 24 +21 41
6 Villarreal 24 +8 37
7 Real Betis 24 -6 36
8 Levante 24 +1 31
9 Granada 24 -12 30
10 Athletic Bilbao 23 +6 29
11 Celta Vigo 24 -7 29
12 Valencia 24 -2 27
13 Osasuna 24 -11 25
14 Cádiz 24 -19 25
15 Getafe 24 -13 24
16 Alavés 24 -18 22
17 Eibar 24 -8 21
18 Elche 22 -11 21
19 Real Valladolid 24 -13 21
20 Huesca 24 -14 19