Monday, September 11, 2006

Real Madrid demolished Levante 4-1

He is new in town, but that's not a problem for him. Ruud van Nistelrooy grabbed a hat-trick and helped Real Madrid won 4-1 at Levante last night.

In fact, the former Manchester United player got off the mark in the 17th minute and scored another early in the second half after a neat set-up from David Beckham.

We must mention that Van Nistelrooy looked to have missed his chance of a third when goalkeeper Pablo Cavallero saved his penalty after the Dutchman had been brought down for a soft penalty in the 85th minute, but made up for that mistake with a classy lob in the very last minute.

It's fair to mention that Levante ended with nine men after French defender Frederic Dehu was sent off in the 29th minute for a scything foul on Van Nistelrooy and player Diego Camacho followed him after conceding the penalty.

For the records, Antonio Cassano scored Real's other goal. Jose Antonio Reyes, on loan from Arsenal in a swap with Julio Baptista, appeared at the start of the second half in place of captain Raul Gonzalez Blanco.

And Reyes played a part in Van Nistelrooy's second goal by crossing for Beckham to provide the Dutchman with a cushioned headed pass. "It's been a good day, a very important win," van Nistelrooy admitted.