10-man Real Madrid shocked at Levante
Ten-man Real Madrid slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat at Levante on Sunday as the tiny Valencia-based club ended the nine-times European champions’ perfect start to the season.sports Updated: Sep 20, 2011 01:46 IST
Ten-man Real Madrid slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat at Levante on Sunday as the tiny Valencia-based club ended the nine-times European champions’ perfect start to the season.
Jose Mourinho’s side had midfielder Sami Khedira sent off five minutes before halftime and fell behind when Levante forward Kone, who joined from Sevilla in the close season, smashed the ball into the net with just over 20 minutes left.
Real’s Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, top scorer in the league last season with a record 40 goals, started on the bench after he sustained a gashed ankle in the 1-0 Champions League win at Dinamo Zagreb in midweek but was brought on at the break to replace the ineffective Karim Benzema.The result leaves Real on six points from three matches, one behind champions Barcelona.
Levante’s annual budget is around 20 million euros ($27.3 million), compared with Real’s of just under 500 million, but the home side made a mockery of the huge gap in wealth with a stirring performance at their 25,000-capacity Ciutat de Valencia arena.
Atletico Madrid’s new signing Radamel Falcao lit up the Calderon with a splendid hat-trick to set Gregorio Manzano’s side on their way to a 4-0 win at home to Racing Santander.
Real Zaragoza forward Luis Garcia smashed in a stoppage-time winner for a 2-1 victory minutes after seeing his penalty saved by Cristian Alvarez. Garcia put Zaragoza ahead in the 29th minute before Javi Lopez equalised with 20 minutes left.
In Sunday’s Madrid derby, promoted Rayo Vallecano claimed their first win of the season with a 1-0 success at Getafe.
Cavani hattrick stuns Milan
Rome: A hat-trick from Edinson Cavani gave Napoli a 3-1 comeback win over defending champions AC Milan on Sunday and top spot in Serie A.
Napoli have a perfect six points from two matches and lead the way on goal difference from Juventus, Udinese and Cagliari, while Milan, with just a point from two games, are fourth from bottom.
Juventus also maintained their perfect start to the season with a 1-0 win, thanks to a ninth minute Alessandro Matri strike after Mirko Vucinic had done the spadework, at Siena on Sunday.
Udinese made it two wins from two as they got the better of Fiorentina at Stadio Friuli.
Lazio hosted Genoa and Giuseppe Sculli gave them the lead. Genoa fought back to secure a 2-1 victory courtesy of goals from Rodrigo Palacio and Juraj Kucka. Palermo went down 1-0 at Atalanta.
First Published: Sep 19, 2011 23:08 IST