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Real Madrid put their derby defeat behind them.

Real Madrid return to winning ways after beating Levante 3-1

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Real Madrid have put a difficult week behind them by recording a comfortable 3-1 win against Levante in La Liga.

Los Blancos lost the Madrid derby on Saturday and there was a major fall-out from the 1-0 defeat at the Bernabeu.

Cristiano Ronaldo was involved in an incredible outburst following the loss saying: "If we were all at my level, maybe we would be leaders.

"I don't want to disrespect anyone, but when the best players aren't available, it's harder to win. I like to play with Karim, with Bale, with Marcelo.”

The Portuguese star had attempted to backtrack on his comments by claiming he was referring to the physical level, not level of play and added: “I am not better than any of my team-mates.”

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Even Zidane reacted dramatically to the lose to Atletico, hinting his job could be in danger.

"Next year we'll probably have to make changes, maybe even change managers too, but whatever happens we have to keep going about our business," he told Marca after the match

It was always going to be interesting to see how Madrid reacted on the pitch to their derby loss and it was, obviously, Ronaldo who opened the scoring with a penalty.

The former Manchester United striker put his recent spot-kick against Malaga behind him as he rammed the ball home from 12 yards in the 34th minute.

Levante UD v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Four minutes later it was 2-0. Levante goalkeeper Diego Marino scored an unfortunate own goal as Borja Mayoral’s shot hit the post and bounced back off of the goalkeeper.

But Levante pulled one back immediately when Deyverson stroked the ball home.

But Isco, who has been linked with a move away from Madrid this week, scored in injury time to seal the three points.

Watch the goals here:

The win leaves Zinedine Zidane’s side four points behind Atletico, while they still trail Barcelona by nine points having played a match more. 

The win doesn't do much for their unrealistic chances of winning the league, but it will do the world of good for their team morale after a difficult few days for the club.

Ronaldo would have keen to put his controversial comments behind him by scoring on the pitch and was given the perfect opportunity Levante left back Lucas Orban tripped Lucas Vazquez.

Ronaldo, who is sometimes referred to as 'penaldo' due to the amount of goals he scores from the penalty spot, cooly slotted it away to give his side the lead.

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Madrid seemed to be easing to victory when Mayoral's shot went in off the back of Marino after it had hit the post to double their lead.

But a mixture of poor defending and a magnificent assist from Giuseppe Rossi saw the bottom side haul themselves back into the match.

Ronaldo had chances to finish off the match but he set-up Isco to seal the victory with a smart finish.

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Cristiano Ronaldo
La Liga
Real Madrid
Gareth Bale
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Zinedine Zidane

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