Real Madrid beat Levante UD 3-0 at the Bernabeu tonight taking a three point lead over Atletico Madrid and a four point lead over Barcelona, atop Spanish Football's La Liga table. The Merengues also cut the goal differential gap between the two classic Spanish Giants to 2, negating most of Barcelona's advantage there (http://bit.ly/1gjmWiC).
Cristiano Ronaldo with a superb at the 11th minute, Marcelo with a great step over and a right footed strike inside the box at the 49th minute, and Nikos Karabelas with an own goal at the 81st, off a Marcelo cross, rounded out the scoring.
Portugal's Ronaldo with 24 goals in 24 games leads all La Liga scorers with Brazil's Diego Costa in second place with 21 goals and Chile's Alexis Sanchez with 16 is in third place.
The game was a rough affair with several yellows and a red for David Navarro, at the 64th minute, for his foul from behind on Ronaldo. Sergio Ramos managed his yellow card conundrum professionally taking a silly one to ensure his suspension would happen on Real's next game, against Malaga, and not the following week against Barcelona.
Levante's Costa Rican goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, kept Real from making a laugher out of this one and Levante managed to make it a game the first half before falling prey to Marcelo's security score and then all but giving up hope after Navarro's dismissal fifteen minutes later.
This was a workmanlike win for Real and a tough loss for a Levante team that kept pace for most of the first half despite being away and a goal down early.
With Champions League matches and a clasico to look forward to Carlo Ancelotti, Diego Simeone and Tata Martino have some interesting roster decisions to make in the coming weeks. The trio have had their ups and downs selecting the right combination of players to put on the pitch, but being but four points apart on the table speaks to more right than wrong choices.
It seems La Liga might just be decided on the head to head games these three still have ahead.