Actual Madrid vs. Levante – Soccer Match Report – Might 12, 2022 – ESPN

Actual Madrid crushed bottom-side Levante 6-0 on the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday evening in a match that noticed Vinicius Junior internet a hat trick and Karim Benzema proceed proceed his rampant goalscoring kind in LaLiga this season.

The end result means last-place Levante, who’ve 29 factors from 36 matches, are relegated to Spain’s second division as they can not mathematically get out of the underside three.

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Regardless of a Champions League ultimate towards Liverpool looming on Might 28, Carlo Ancelotti picked a close to first-choice XI with each Benzema and Vinicius within the beginning lineup, whereas Toni Kroos and Casemiro watched from the bench.

Actual have been two objectives up earlier than 20 minutes after Ferland Mendy beat Levante keeper Daniel Cardenas at his close to submit and Benzema headed in a Vinicius cross to make sure the night could be little greater than a formality for the 2021-22 LaLiga champions.

“It’s my first hat trick,” Vinicius stated after the match. “After such an awesome season I’m having with my teammates, all of them assist me rather a lot. The boss left me on for extra time to have the ability to get the hat trick, so I’m very pleased with my first hat trick and my recreation at the moment.

“[Ancelotti] requested me if I wished to return off, however I stated I wished to remain on a bit longer, that I had the prospect to attain my first hat trick, and I’m very joyful.”

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Benzema’s objective was his 323rd for the membership, tying him for second in membership historical past with Madrid legend Raul, however some methods off all-time chief Cristiano Ronaldo’s 450 in his profession with Los Blancos. It was additionally his twenty seventh strike of the season as he runs away with a primary Pichichi trophy for the Frenchman on his approach to changing into the primary participant not named Lionel Messi to win the league’s high scorer award since 2015-16.

“The connection between Karim and I all season has been superb,” Vinicius stated of his teammate. “I hope it stays like that till Karim retires, for positive he’ll retire at Madrid. He’s having an awesome season and let’s hope he ends the season with the Ballon d’Or.

“Karim scores a variety of objectives and let’s hope he can obtain much more at this membership that he loves a lot.”

The hosts weren’t completed, although, as Luka Modric picked up his second and third assists of the evening, establishing Rodrygo for the simplest of tap-ins and enjoying in Vinicius for a crisp end to present Madrid a 4-0 lead at half-time.

Vinicius scored Madrid’s fifth and his second of the evening, ending from proper in entrance of the web following some fancy footwork from Benzema that left Cardenas flat on the pitch as he laid the ball off for his teammate.

The Brazil worldwide accomplished his hat trick shortly after, choosing up a via ball from Luka Jovic, sprinting into the realm and taking pictures residence on the close to submit to finish the rout for Actual.

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Madrid moved as much as 84 factors on the season after the win.