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Madrid ramp up the pressure on Barcelona

Published: Saturday 19 February 2011, 22.00CET
Karim Benzema and Ricardo Carvalho were on target in the first half as Real Madrid CF defeated Levante UD 2-0, a victory which reduced FC Barcelona's lead at the Liga summit to two points.
Madrid ramp up the pressure on Barcelona
Ricardo Carvalho turns in Cristiano Ronaldo's free-kick ©Getty Images
Published: Saturday 19 February 2011, 22.00CET

Madrid ramp up the pressure on Barcelona

Karim Benzema and Ricardo Carvalho were on target in the first half as Real Madrid CF defeated Levante UD 2-0, a victory which reduced FC Barcelona's lead at the Liga summit to two points.

Real Madrid CF moved within two points of the Liga summit courtesy of a 2-0 home triumph against Levante UD, after Valencia CF's hopes of strengthening their grip on third spot were held up by Real Sporting de Gijón.

Levante might have feared a repeat of the 8-0 Copa del Rey defeat they suffered at the same stadium in December when Karim Benzema – who scored a hat-trick in that match – finished off Ángel Di María's mazy dribble and cross. As it was, there was only one further goal, turned in from close range by Ricardo Carvalho, but it nonetheless rubberstamped a victory which increases the pressure on leaders FC Barcelona ahead of their meeting with Athletic Club on Sunday.

Third-placed Valencia drew 0-0 at home with Sporting – the team who last week ended Barcelona's 16-match winning streak – while Club Atlético de Madrid are up to seventh. The Rojiblancos ended a five-match losing streak in all competitions with a narrow win against luckless Real Zaragoza, who twice hit the woodwork in the last five minutes after Sergio Agüero (66) had put the visitors ahead.

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Results

Spanish Liga 2010/11

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ZaragozaZaragoza0-1AtléticoAtlético

Agüero 66

Venue: Zaragoza

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Real MadridReal Madrid2-0LevanteLevante

Benzema 6, Carvalho 41

Venue: Madrid

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ValenciaValencia0-0Sporting GijónSporting Gijón

Venue: Valencia

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