Real Madrid 6-0 Levante: Karim Benzema powers home first-half header to draw level with Raul as the club’s second all-time top scorer before Vinicius Junior nets a hat-trick for LaLiga champions in rout of basement boys
- Vinicius Junior scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid thrashed Levante
- Benzema scored his 323rd goal to draw level with Raul in goalscoring charts
- The defeat sealed Levante’s relegation after five consecutive years in LaLiga
Ruthless Real Madrid hit Levante for six to send them into the second division on a night when Vinicius scored his first hat-trick and Karim Benzema equalled Raul’s 323 goals scored for the club.
The Frenchman continued his astonishing goal a game record this season – he now has 43 in 43 matches but perhaps more importantly he is now just one goal from becoming the club’s all-time second top scorer behind Cristiano Ronaldo.
He has scored his 323 goals in 604 games, Raul managed his in 741 matches.
Striker Karim Benzema scored his 323rd goal for Real Madrid on Thursday night
Benzema got Madrid’s second from a Vinicius cross after left-back Ferland Mendy opened the floodgate beating Dani Cardenas at his near post on 13 minutes.
The goal was made by Modric whose superb pass out from the back split Levante’s wobbly defense.
Benzema’s header from a Vinicius cross made it 2-0 three minutes later as shell-shocked Levante, who needed to avoid defeat to stand any chance of staying up in the last two games of the season struggled to remain in the game.
Madrid striker Benzema headed home from a Vinicius Junior cross in the 19th minute
Luka Modric teed-up Rodrygo on 34 minutes and Vinicius got his first of the night just before half time from another Modric assist.
Levante were so poor that coach Alessio Lisci made two changes before the break but regardless of what they had in front of them there was no stopping Madrid with 19-year-old Eduardo Camavinga bossing midfield in the absence of the rested pair Casemiro and Toni Kroos .
Benzema selflessly set-up Vinicius for his second of the night when he could easily have scored himself to go beyond Raul in the all-time scoring stakes.
Luka Modric set up Vinicius to score from a tight angle on the stroke of half-time
He can now do that in the last game of the season against Betis or in the Champions League final.
He will sit out the next game against Cadiz as Carlo Ancelotti continues to rotate his players ahead of the meeting with Liverpool in Paris.
Vinicius completed the rout seven minutes from time and in an act of mercy no time was added onto the 90 as referee Adrian Vega blew time on the game and on Levante’s period in the top flight.
The Brazilian forward tapped in his second goal and Madrid’s fifth in the 68th minute
Madrid in contrast had shown no mercy. Vinicius admitted on the final whistle that his coach di lui had considered taking him off but had left him on to complete his first treble in a Real Madrid shirt.
Relegated Levante have had three different coaches this season, have let in 73 goals, and only picked up six wins in 37 matches played.
A late improvement in form gave them a stay of execution but against the champions they folded with captain Jose Luis Morales left in tears at the end as he promised supporters they would do everything possible to bounce back next year.
Vinicius completed his hat-trick seven minutes from time, with Modric again the creator
Madrid now go away to Cadiz before the final game of the season sees them face Betis at the Bernabeu.
‘The last game of the season against Liverpool is the most important one,’ said Vinicius, ‘and we want to be ready for it.’
On this form they very much are.