Valencia, Spain, Aug 22 (EFE).- Levante and Real Madrid battled to a 3-3 to attract a nail-biting match, especially within the last half when both teams could have won at Ciutat stadium in Valencia and Vezo was brought in within the 87th minute for the hosts after Aitor Fernandez was expelled. Vinicius was the brilliant star of the competition scoring two goals, including the one within the closing minutes that snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat for the then-behind capital squad.
The match got underway before some 10,000 fans with a tally for Madrid from Gareth Bale just five minutes into play after a pleasant play by Alaba and Benzema, who passed to the Welshman for the sinker, his first Madrid goal in two years. But there was little rhythm shown by either squad with Madrid merely trying to guard its lead after Bale found the twine and Levante manufacturing little within the way of a threat.
With many backs and forth at center field and virtually no drive toward the opposing teams’ goals, the play appeared to calm down into a desultory semi-dynamic until about the half-hour mark, when the capital boys suddenly appeared to come to life, more or less, although the score was still at 0-1 at the break. However, Levante came out after the intermission and scored twice, the primary time when Roger made it work just 28 seconds into second-half play and therefore the second time 11 minutes afterward an attempt by Campaña.
With Levante suddenly within the lead, Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti made three replacements, bringing in Vinicius, Rodrygo, and Asensio for Bale, Hazard, and Isco, the latter two of whom had been non-entities within the play thus far anyway. Levante was enthused by its goals, however, and showed considerably more confidence and verve, but Madrid also got fired up and after the halfway mark within the playing period play started drifting down on the brink of the house goal, defended by Aitor Fernandez.
Vinicius evened things up at 2-2 on a pass from Casimeiro within the 73rd minute, but five minutes later it had been Rober Pier who again put Levante within the lead with an attempt from point-blank range after David Alaba headed the ball draw in after a Levante place kick . Then, Vinicius managed to sink another one for the 3-3 within the 85th minute, but it wasn’t over yet as Cantero sent an attempt into the important Madrid post and Fernandez was booted for handing outside the world because the capital men counterattacked.