Portuguese defender Ruben Vezo landed in goal for 10-man Levante
Real Madrid and Levante played a six-goal thriller in which Gareth Bale scored the first La Liga goal since 2019 and a field player landed in the goal.
Bale scored after a pass from Karim Benzema but Roger Marti leveled 28 seconds after the restart.
Jose Campana volleyed Levante into the lead, but Vinicius Jr. equalized.
Rober Pier put Levante back in the lead, but Vinicius cleverly made it 3-3 before Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez was sent off.
He ran 20 yards outside his box and managed to prevent Rodrygo from getting past him, with defender Ruben Vezo scoring a goal in the final minutes.
Fortunately for Levante, Real never forced him to parade.
When Bale kicked off for Real with a clever first deal, it looked like that would be the story of the game.
Back in the picture under Carlo Ancelotti, it was the Welsh legend’s first goal since September 2019 and his first for Real in a competition since January 2020.
At halftime, Real were 1-0 up and looked like the only question was how much they won.
Less than 30 seconds after the restart, the Valencia hosts equalized with their first shot on goal when Marti scored after a through pass from Gonzalo Melero.
Then they took a sensational volley from Campana into the top corner after a cross from Jorge de Frutos.
At that point, Real broke Bale in a triple sub that saw Vinicius come on – and the Brazilian saved Real.
First he ran up Casemiro’s steep pass before he kept his composure and drove home.
Levante again led Piers close from close range after David Alaba deflected a free kick into his path.
But Vinicius’ shortened finish on the inside of the post saved Real a point.
Fernandez’s red card came at an inconvenient time for Levante, a minute after their last substitution, but luckily for them Real Vezo’s gloved cameo was unable to take advantage of six minutes of added time.
20thMiramon14thNunes Vezo4thSuarez Pier19thClerk
- 13thFernandez87 minutes booked
- 14thNunes Vezo
- 4thSuarez pier
- 19thClerkBooked at 28 minutes
- 22ndMeleroBooked at 41 minutesReplaced byMartinezat 66 ‘protocol
- 24bellBooked at 58 minutesReplaced byBardhiat 78 ‘protocol
- 18thof fruitsReplaced byopennessat 86 ‘protocol
- 9MartíReplaced byMalsaat 67 ‘protocol
- 11moralReplaced byStonemasonat 79 ‘protocol
- 8thStrong saints
- 23Andujar Moreno
- 28Lopez Sanchez
- 17thVazquezReplaced byCarvajalat 65 ‘protocol
- 3militanBooked at 58 minutes
- fifteenValverdeReplaced byJovicat 82 ‘protocol
- 14thHouse Miro
- 22ndIscoReplaced byAsensioat 59 ‘protocol
- 18thBaleReplaced byRodrygoat 59 ‘protocolBooked at 90 minutes
- 7thE dangerReplaced byVinicius Juniorat 59 ‘protocol
- 20thVinicius Junior
Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández
Game ends, Levante 3, Real Madrid 3.
Second half ends, Levante 3, Real Madrid 3.
Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).
Alejandro Cantero (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Real Madrid. Admitted by Jorge Miramón.
Attempt blocked. Luka Jovic (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Nacho (Real Madrid) headed from the left side of the six yard box, but his shot was blocked. Assisted by Rodrygo with a cross.
Corner, Real Madrid. Granted by Rober Pier.
Attempt blocked. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Supported by Daniel Carvajal.
Nacho (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Alejandro Cantero (raise).
Offside, Real Madrid. Vinícius Júnior tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.
Handball by Enis Bardhi (Levante).
Rodrygo (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card.
Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Enric Franquesa (Levante).
Offside, Real Madrid. Karim Benzema tries a through ball, but Vinícius Júnior is caught offside.
Aitor Fernández (Levante) is shown the red card.
Handball by Aitor Fernández (Levante).
Corner, get up. Granted by Eder Militão.