Levante 3-3 Real Madrid: Gareth Bale scores in thriller – BBC Sport

Real Madrid and Levante played out a six-goal thriller that saw Gareth Bale’s first La Liga goal since 2019 and an outfield player end up in goal.

Bale scored from Karim Benzema’s pass but Roger Marti levelled 28 seconds after the restart.

Jose Campana volleyed Levante ahead but Vinicius Jr levelled.

Rober Pier put Levante back into the lead but Vinicius made it 3-3 with a clever finish before Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez was sent off.

He ran 20 yards outside his box and handled to stop Rodrygo going past him, with defender Ruben Vezo having to goal for the final few minutes.

Fortunately for Levante, Real never forced him into a save.

When Bale scored the opener for Real with a clever first-time finish, it looked as if that would be the story of the game.

Back in the picture under Carlo Ancelotti, it was the Wales legend’s first La Liga goal since September 2019 and his first for Real in any competition since January 2020.

At half-time with Real 1-0 up and looking in control, it seemed as if the only question would be how much they won by.

Less than 30 seconds after the restart though, the Valencia hosts levelled with their first shot on target when Marti netted from Gonzalo Melero’s through ball.

They then led through Campana’s sensational volley into the top corner from Jorge de Frutos’ cross.

At this stage Real brought off Bale in part of a triple sub that saw Vinicius come on – and the Brazilian ended up rescuing Real.

First of all he ran onto Casemiro’s through ball before keeping his composure and slotting home.

Levante again led through Pier’s close-range finish after David Alaba deflected a free-kick into his path.

But Vinicius’ clipped finish off the inside of the post rescued a point for Real.

Fernandez’s red card came at a bad time for Levante, one minute after they made their final substitution, but fortunately for them Real could not take advantage of Vezo’s cameo with the gloves in six minutes of injury time.

Line-ups

Levante

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13FernándezBooked at 87mins
  • 20Miramón
  • 14Nunes Vezo
  • 4Suárez Pier
  • 19ClercBooked at 28mins
  • 22MeleroBooked at 41minsSubstituted forMartínezat 66′minutes
  • 5Radoja
  • 24CampañaBooked at 58minsSubstituted forBardhiat 78′minutes
  • 18de FrutosSubstituted forFranquesaat 86′minutes
  • 9MartíSubstituted forMalsaat 67′minutes
  • 11MoralesSubstituted forCanteroat 79′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Hidalgo
  • 3Franquesa
  • 6Duarte
  • 8Santos Fortes
  • 10Bardhi
  • 12Malsa
  • 17Vukcevic
  • 23Andújar Moreno
  • 25Martínez
  • 28López Sánchez
  • 29Cantero
  • 34Cárdenas

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Courtois
  • 17VázquezSubstituted forCarvajalat 65′minutes
  • 3MilitãoBooked at 58mins
  • 6Nacho
  • 4Alaba
  • 15ValverdeSubstituted forJovicat 82′minutes
  • 14Casemiro
  • 22IscoSubstituted forAsensioat 59′minutes
  • 18BaleSubstituted forRodrygoat 59′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Benzema
  • 7E HazardSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 59′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Vallejo
  • 11Asensio
  • 13Lunin
  • 16Jovic
  • 19Odriozola
  • 20Vinícius Júnior
  • 21Rodrygo
  • 27Blanco
  • 35Gutiérrez
  • 40Fuidias

Referee:
Guillermo Cuadra Fernández

Attendance:
9,838

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Levante 3, Real Madrid 3.

  2. Second Half ends, Levante 3, Real Madrid 3.

  3. Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

  4. Alejandro Cantero (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jorge Miramón.

  6. Attempt blocked. Luka Jovic (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  7. Attempt blocked. Nacho (Real Madrid) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Rodrygo with a cross.

  8. Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Rober Pier.

  9. Attempt blocked. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal.

  10. Nacho (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Foul by Alejandro Cantero (Levante).

  12. Offside, Real Madrid. Vinícius Júnior tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

  13. Hand ball by Enis Bardhi (Levante).

  14. Rodrygo (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Foul by Enric Franquesa (Levante).

  17. Offside, Real Madrid. Karim Benzema tries a through ball, but Vinícius Júnior is caught offside.

  18. Aitor Fernández (Levante) is shown the red card.

  19. Hand ball by Aitor Fernández (Levante).

  20. Corner, Levante. Conceded by Eder Militão.

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