Real Madrid went to the top of the table, temporarily though, with a 3-0 victory over a struggling Levante side. Levante started as the better team as they dominated with chances in the first 10 minutes. But Real Madrid started to come into the game after that, and Marcelo broke the deadlock in the 27th minute with a fine left-foot finish after he exchanged a delightful one-two with Ronaldo.
Then some more wonderful work from Real Madrid on the counter saw Ronaldo score a blinder from outside the box. Jese Rodriguez scored the third goal for Madrid with a wonderful left-foot near post finish. Real Madrid are now top of the table, two points clear of Villarreal, but have played a game more than their opponents. Here we look at the five hottest talking points from the match.
1) Ronaldo Plays as a No. 9
There was much speculation about Ronaldo’s playing position before the start of the season. Many people thought that Benitez will play Ronaldo as an out-and-out striker. Ronaldo continued to play on his favoured wing position. But against Levante, with Benzema injured, Ronaldo started in the no. 9 position for the first time. He had a good game, but switched to the left wing position once Jese Rodriguez was introduced by Rafael Benitez in the second half for some time. But Ronaldo was soon deployed back in the striker’s role as Jese switched over to the wing.