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BARCELONA---Cristiano Ronaldo scored
deep in injury time to cap Real Madrid s
incredible 3-2 comeback victory at Levante
yesterday, when his team went from los-
ing, to drawing, and finally to winning in
the last five minutes.
Spanish leader Barcelona, meanwhile,
didn t miss the injured Lionel Messi as it
cruised by Valladolid 4-1 at home with
Neymar, scoring once and setting up one
of Alexis Sanchez s two goals.
At 1-1, Levante s Nabil El Zhar grabbed
what looked to be the winner in the 86th,
but Madrid substitute Alvaro Morata
stepped up to level in the 90th.
Still facing what would have been a costly
draw, Ronaldo s last-gasp strike hit both a
defender and the post before settling into
the net to crush the hosts hopes of taking
"When Madrid plays football, it only
needs five minutes to win a game," Madrid
first-year coach Carlo Ancelotti said.
This was Ronaldo s second winner for
Madrid on the last shot of the game in the
last seven days, after he netted a penalty
six minutes after fulltime to grab a 2-1 win
at Elche last Saturday.
The Portugal forward has seven goals in
league play---one less than Messi and Atleti-
co Madrid s Diego Costa---and 12 goals in
ten games in all competitions this season.
The victory put Madrid back in third
place, five points behind Barcelona and two
points behind Atletico before it hosts Celta
It also saved Ancelotti from even more
pressure following the loss to Atletico last
weekend. Although his team s lacklustre
performance through most of the game will
likely earn him more criticism.
"People need to be patient," Morata said
about the Madrid supporters who jeered
Ancelotti in the last two home games.
"There have been a lot of changes recently.
We will play better, for sure."
Barcelona extended its club record with
an eighth win in as many games to start
the league under new coach Gerardo Mar-
tino. Madrid holds the league milestone of
nine wins to start the season in 1968.
Alexis s long blast in the 52nd cancelled
out Javi Guerra s tenth-minute opener for
Xavi Hernandez slotted in Barcelona s
second in the 52nd before Neymar set up
Alexis in the 64th. Alexis then returned
the favour by generously passing back for
Neymar to net his goal in the 70th.
Elsewhere, Real Sociedad lost its second
game this week in agonising fashion, when
Rayo Vallecano substitute Jonathan Viera
won and converted an 89th-minute penalty.
Sociedad lost in injury time at Bayer Lev-
erkusen in the Champions League on Tues-
Elche got its second straight victory
thanks to forward Ferran "Coro" Corominas
two goals in a 2-1 win over visiting Espany-
ol.Without the injured Gareth Bale, Madrid
could do very little to disarm Levante s
stingy defense in the first half at a Ciutat
de Valencia Stadium where it had lost in
two of its previous three visits.
Since suffering a 7-0 thrashing at
Barcelona in the league opener, new coach
Joaquin Caparros---known for his focus on
defence---had steered Levante to a six-game
undefeated streak that it almost kept going,
considering it never trailed Madrid until
"It hurts to lose like this," Caparros said.
"It s a pity. We did everything we could to
win and the game lasted four minutes too
long. We should have known how to manage
the situation. El Zhar s goal should have
given us more oxygen but that didn t hap-
pen. Some of my players showed their lack
After a foul-ridden first 45 minutes, Lev-
ante opened through striker Babacar "Baba"
Diawara in the 57th.
Madrid was caught pressing forward
when Levante got a three-on-two break-
away, and midfielder Jordi Xumetra floated
a cross for Baba to beat goalkeeper Diego
Lopez with a right-footed volley.
Sergio Ramos levelled four minutes later
when the Madrid centre back raced in at
the second post and slammed in Angel Di
Maria s corner kick.
Madrid was again caught looking to score
late when El Zhar did well to fend off Ramos
in the area before he spun and fired the
ball into the corner.
But Morata, who scored a late winner
for Madrid here last season, coolly drove
in his goal to finish a move started by fellow
youngster Jese Rodriguez before Ronaldo
pulled out his late heroics.
On Friday, Villarreal routed Granada 3-
0, and Osasuna won 1-0 at Malaga.
Also today, it s: Sevilla vs Almeria, Getafe
vs Real Betis, and Athletic Bilbao vs Valencia.
Ronaldo's late winner lifts
Madrid 3-2 at Levante
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo of
Portugal duels for the ball with
Levante's Andreas Ivanschitz of
Austria during their La Liga football
match at the Ciutat de Valecia stadium
in Valencia, Spain, yesterday. AP PHOTO
BERLIN---Bayer Leverkusen held Bayern Munich
to 1-1 in the Bundesliga yesterday, ensuring neither
side could take full advantage of Borussia Dort-
mund s earlier 2-0 loss at Borussia Moenchenglad-
Bayern was unable to turn almost complete dom-
ination into goals at Leverkusen, despite boasting
more than two-thirds possession and outshooting
the home side by 27 shots to five.
Toni Kroos fired Bayern ahead in the 29th minute,
when Franck Ribery pulled the ball back for the
unmarked former Leverkusen player to rifle his shot
under the crossbar.
Leverkusen pulled one back out of nothing a minute
later, when goalkeeper Manuel Neuer failed to deal
with Lars Bender s cross and then parried Sebastian
Boenisch s shot from the rebound to Sidney Sam,
who scored from close range.
Thomas Mueller should have restored Bayern s lead
five minutes later when he headed over with the goal
at his mercy, and Bayern missed a host more chances
with Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno in inspired form.
Bayern moved one point ahead of Dortmund, which
is level with Leverkusen after eight games.
Elsewhere, promoted Eintracht Braunschweig defeat-
ed Wolfsburg 2-0 for its first Bundesliga win in 28
years, Mainz came from two goals down to draw 2-
2 with Hoffenheim, Schalke defeated ten-man Augs-
burg 4-1, and Stuttgart drew 1-1 at home with Werder
Bayern draws at
MILAN---Francesco Totti scored twice to show
he can still dominate at 37 and Roma showed it s
for real with a 3-0 win at Inter Milan to extend
its winning start in Serie A to seven matches yes-
The victory moved the Giallorossi five points
clear of Napoli and Juventus, which each play today.
With new manager Rudi Garcia clearly leaving
his mark on a squad that missed out on Europe last
season with a sixth-place finish, Roma has scored
20 goals and conceded just one.
It was the first loss this season for an Inter squad
that had also impressed up to this point. The Ner-
azzurri are seven points back.
Totti, who recently extended his contract for two
more seasons, put Roma ahead 18 minutes in at the
San Siro with a powerful and precise shot from 21
metres, then doubled the lead with a penalty in the
39th after Gervinho was tripped.
Today, Juventus hosts AC Milan in a high-profile
clash and Napoli plays promoted Livorno. (AP)
Roma wins 3-0
at Inter for 7th
PARIS---Monaco needed a late goal from
substitute Lucas Ocampos to beat Saint-
Etienne 2-1 and move three points clear
atop the French league yesterday.
Ocampos met a low cross from James
Rodriguez in the 87th minute to poke home
the winner from a tight angle. Belgian
winger Yannick Ferreira Carrasco opened
the scoring for Monaco in the 15th, before
Saint-Etienne striker Romain Hamouma
equalised in the 49th.
Monaco is still undefeated after nine
Also, it was: Lille 3, Ajaccio 0; Toulouse
1, Nice 0; Nantes 3, Evian 0; Guingamp 2,
Rennes 0; and Valenciennes 1, Reims 1.
Today, Marseille hosts second-place Paris
Saint-Germain, Bordeaux faces Sochaux
and Lyon visits Montpellier. On Friday,
Bastia routed Lorient 4-1.
Monaco dominated the first half and
Saint-Etienne was lucky to head back to
the dressing room just a goal down.
Joao Moutinho intercepted a backpass
from Saint-Etienne midfielder Renaud
Cohade to be clean through on goal after
nine minutes, but goalkeeper Stephane
Ruffier saved Moutinho s effort from 18
Carrasco did not miss his chance six min-
utes later. The Belgian winger beat the off-
side trap to collect a through ball from
Rodriguez and slip it past Ruffier.
Rodriguez arguably produced his best
performance in the French league this sea-
son. The Colombia midfielder cut inside in
the 26th to fire a long-range strike that
Ruffier turned around the post.
Saint-Etienne s first chance came in the
30th when Tabanou chased a ball over the
top from Cohade but missed the target from
a tight angle.
Lille earned its fourth straight clean sheet
to go level on points with third-place Mar-
Monaco beats Saint-Etienne 2-1
GLASGOW---Anthony Stokes and Kris Com-
mons scored, as Celtic defeated Motherwell 2-
0 to move to the top of the Scottish Premiership
Putting aside the disappointment of their narrow
defeat to Barcelona in the Champions League,
Celtic got off to a strong start, as Stokes opened
the scoring in the 20th minute, with a strike from
a tight angle, after goalkeeper Lee Hollis failed to
clear the ball.
Celtic moved three points clear of Inverness,
which lost 4-0 to St Johnstone. Motherwell,
unbeaten in its previous seven games, is third.
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