Levante’s Marti sinks 10-man Real Madrid
IMAGE: Real Madrid’s Eder Militao is proven a purple card by referee David Medie Jimenez. Photograph: Javier Barbancho/Reuters
Levante striker Roger Marti dismissed squandering a penalty to attain the successful objective as his facet pulled off a shock 2-1 La Liga victory at Real Madrid on Saturday after taking part in the bulk of the sport with an additional man.
Real defender Eder Militao was despatched off within the ninth minute of a extremely eventful recreation for denying Sergio Leon a transparent scoring likelihood however the champions took the lead within the 14th with an excellent objective on the counter-attack from Marco Asensio.
Levante’s talismanic ahead Jose Luis Morales equalised with an unstoppable first-time end within the thirty second minute and his facet earned a penalty within the second half however Real keeper Thibaut Courtois palmed away Marti’s spot-kick.
Marti had the ultimate say, although, teeing himself as much as blast a shot previous Courtois within the 78th minute and clinch an unlikely Levante win that left second-placed Real seven factors behind leaders Atletico Madrid, who’ve two video games in hand.
Real have been with out coach Zinedine Zidane, who continued his restoration from COVID-19, whereas injured captain Sergio Ramos sat within the stands sporting a masks however may nonetheless be heard yelling at his group mates and the referee.
After seeing Militao dismissed following a VAR evaluate, Madrid responded completely and Toni Kroos threaded a precision go into the trail of Asensio, who raced by means of and slotted confidently into the underside nook.
The objective was controversial as Ferland Mendy appeared to have elbowed Levante’s Gonzalo Melero within the Real space simply earlier than the hosts launched the counter.
Levante stored their cool and after Courtois made an impressive double save to protect his facet’s lead, there was little he may do to maintain out Morales’s effort.
The guests then dominated the second half as Real’s drained legs gave approach and substitute Vinicius Jr. made a careless late sort out on Levante’s Carlos Clerc, which was first given as a free kick then upgraded to a penalty after a VAR evaluate.
Marti spurned an excellent likelihood to place his facet in entrance, however simply as he had carried out towards Osasuna earlier within the season, he made amends for his penalty miss by giving his facet the lead.
“When large selections go towards you it is all the time going to be an uphill battle and within the second half we have been so drained and we could not react,” stated Real keeper Courtois.
Match-winner Marti dismissed Real’s complaints in regards to the selections, saying they’d been lucky to not concede a penalty for Mendy’s problem simply earlier than Asensio’s objective.
“There have been many key moments within the match,” he stated.
“Things ought to have gone in our favour with the sending off however we weren’t in a position to reply at first and have been 1-0 right down to an ideal Madrid facet. But we waited for the fitting second to pounce.”
Bayern overrun Hoffenheim 4-1 to go 10 factors clear at top
IMAGE: Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry celebrates scoring their fourth objective with Thomas Muller. Photograph: Guenter Schiffmann/Reuters
Bayern Munich crushed guests Hoffenheim 4-1 on Saturday with 4 completely different scorers, to go provisionally 10 factors clear on the top of the Bundesliga of their quest for a ninth consecutive league crown.
Goals from Jerome Boateng, Thomas Mueller, Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry secured a cushty win and lifted Bayern to 45 factors, with second-placed RB Leipzig, on 35, internet hosting Bayern Leverkusen, in third on 32, in a while Saturday.
The Bavarians have been fortunate to not fall behind after Ihlas Bebou twice failed to attain in entrance of objective within the opening minutes earlier than defender Boateng restored order when he headed in a Joshua Kimmich nook within the thirty second.
Mueller, who had hit the crossbar within the fifteenth minute, fired in two minutes from the break for his tenth objective of the marketing campaign within the forty third however Bebou partly made amends solely a minute later, curling an excellent cross for Andrej Kramaric to volley in and reduce the deficit.
The hosts, nonetheless, restored their two-goal lead with top scorer Lewandowski tapping in a Kingsley Coman cutback for his twenty fourth objective of the marketing campaign.
Gnabry sealed their win with a shot from a decent angle within the 63rd, his first objective since October.
Dortmund beat Augsburg 3-1 for first win in 4 video games
IMAGE: Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland and teammates have a good time after FC Augsburg’s Felix Uduokhai scored Borussia Dortmund ‘s third with an personal objective. Photograph: Leon Kuegeler/Reuters
Borussia Dortmund snapped a three-match winless streak by easing to a 3-1 win over Augsburg within the Bundesliga.
Augsburg fully outplayed the Dortmund defence within the tenth minute with a deep cross discovering Marco Richter who then shortly fed unmarked Andre Hahn within the field to fireside in.
The hosts, who then dominated the remaining of the sport, may have levelled quickly after however Erling Haaland thundered his penalty on the crossbar, with the shot so onerous that the ball bounced off the woodwork and landed exterior the field.
Their dominance paid off, nonetheless, within the twenty sixth minute when captain Marco Reus floated a free kick into the field and Thomas Delaney headed in an equaliser.
Jadon Sancho then slotted in from a fast break to make it 2-1 within the 63rd earlier than Haaland compelled Augsburg defender Felix Uduokhai to attain an personal objective when he deflected the Norwegian’s cross into his personal web.
Dortmund climb again as much as fifth on 32 factors, 13 behind leaders Bayern Munich, and three behind second-placed RB Leipzig, who tackle Bayer Leverkusen, additionally on 32, in a while Saturday.
Milan again to successful methods with nervy victory at Bologna
IMAGE: AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic misses a penalty. Photograph: Alberto Lingria/Reuters
AC Milan obtained again to successful methods in Serie A with a 2-1 victory at Bologna, with goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in superb type to assist his facet open up a five-point lead on the top of the standings.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed the possibility to place the leaders forward when his spot kick was saved within the twenty sixth minute however Ante Rebic latched onto the rebound to fireside residence.
Bologna had three wonderful probabilities to stage earlier than the top of the primary half, however have been denied by some good saves from Donnarumma.
Those stops proved essential as Milan have been awarded one other penalty within the fifty fifth minute. Franck Kessie transformed from the spot to double his facet’s lead.
Substitute Andrea Poli obtained one again for the hosts within the 81st minute, however they might not discover an equaliser regardless of a lot of late stress.
Milan, who had misplaced their final two video games in all competitions, moved onto 46 factors, 5 clear of second-placed Inter Milan. Bologna stay thirteenth on 20 factors.
“Today was a powerful response from the group,” Milan coach Stefano Pioli informed a information convention. “In the final two days we elevated our tempo and high quality and in the present day it confirmed.
“To win on this championship typically it’s a must to wrestle. It’s good to win like this.”
Milan, who have been unbeaten this season in Serie A till their loss to Juventus on Jan. 6, suffered their second league defeat of the marketing campaign final weekend to Atalanta at residence, earlier than then dropping to Inter in Tuesday’s Coppa Italia quarter last.
They began nicely within the Renato Dall’Ara Stadium in Saturday’s first Serie A fixture, nonetheless, with Rebic bailing out Ibrahimovic after his poorly-placed penalty was saved.
The objective meant Milan have discovered the web in 20 away league video games in a row for the primary time of their Serie A historical past, overtaking a 19-game goalscoring run between 1992 and 1993.
Even with Fikayo Tomori, on mortgage from Chelsea, making his first begin the gaps began to look on the again for Milan, however Bologna couldn’t discover a well past Donnarumma.
A unnecessary handball from Adama Soumaoro gifted Milan their second spot kick, however once more it was Bologna doing most of the attacking within the second half.
There was nothing Donnarumma may have carried out about Poli’s arrowed strike, however the Milan stopper preserved a significant win for his facet with one other superb save late on.