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Madrid extend cushion with Levante success

Published: Sunday 9 March 2014, 22.56CET
Real Madrid CF have built a three-point lead in the Liga thanks to a 3-0 triumph at home against Levante UD, Cristiano Ronaldo heading in an early opener for the capital side.
Madrid extend cushion with Levante success
Cristiano Ronaldo (No7) headed Madrid in front ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Sunday 9 March 2014, 22.56CET

Madrid extend cushion with Levante success

Real Madrid CF have built a three-point lead in the Liga thanks to a 3-0 triumph at home against Levante UD, Cristiano Ronaldo heading in an early opener for the capital side.

Real Madrid CF moved three points clear at the top of the Liga courtesy of a 3-0 victory at home against Levante UD.

FC Barcelona's surprise loss at Real Valladolid CF on Saturday gifted Madrid the chance to build a significant advantage in the Spanish title race, and they duly took the lead after just 11 minutes, Cristiano Ronaldo heading in an Ángel Di María free-kick. The capital side then doubled their advantage shortly after the break, Marcelo finding the net following a one-two with Ronaldo.

The situation deteriorated for Levante when David Navarro was dismissed for a challenge on the Portugal forward, and a late Nikos Karabelas own goal added to their misery. Carlo Ancelotti's men thus lifted themselves three points ahead of city rivals Club Atlético de Madrid, with Barcelona a further point back.

Elsewhere, fourth-placed Athletic Club came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Valencia CF. Aritz Aduriz's second-half penalty cancelled out Paco Alcácer's 23rd-minute opener to earn a point for the Basque club, while Sevilla FC sealed a 3-1 victory at struggling UD Almería, Carlos Bacca, Daniel Carriço and Kevin Gameiro grabbing the goals for the visitors. RCD Espanyol saw off Elche CF by the same scoreline.

Last updated: 09/03/14 23.10CET

Results

Spanish Liga 2013/14

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 09/03/2014 22:54 CET

09/03/2014

ValenciaValencia1-1AthleticAthletic

Paco Alcácer 23

Aritz Aduriz 53 (P)

Venue: Valencia

09/03/2014

Real MadridReal Madrid3-0LevanteLevante

Ronaldo 11, Marcelo 49, Karabelas 81 (og)

Venue: Madrid

09/03/2014

AlmeríaAlmería1-3SevillaSevilla

Vidal Parreu 85

Bacca 31, Daniel Carriço 51, Gameiro 77

Venue: Almeria

09/03/2014

EspanyolEspanyol3-1ElcheElche

López Silva 2, Colotto 21, Pizzi 58

Fuentes Hernández 88 (og)

Venue: Barcelona

08/03/2014

GranadaGranada2-0VillarrealVillarreal

Rico Castro 23 (P), El Arabi 33

Venue: Granada

08/03/2014

CeltaCelta0-2AtléticoAtlético

Villa 62, 64

Venue: Pontevedra

08/03/2014

BetisBetis2-0GetafeGetafe

Baptistao 16, Rubén Castro 39

Venue: Sevilla

08/03/2014

ValladolidValladolid1-0BarcelonaBarcelona

Rossi 17

Venue: Valladolid

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