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Real Madrid thrash Levante after receiving ‘guard of honour’


Newly-crowned La Liga champions Real Madrid finally received the “guard of honour” that city rivals Atletico Madrid refused to give them last week. Instead, Levante applauded the champions as they entered the pitch at home at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Thursday. After that, they proceeded to show off exactly why they won the league title so comfortably this season.

Real Madrid rested several starters against Atletico Madrid last week, but they were mostly back on the pitch against Levante as Carlo Ancelotti attempts to get them back into the rhythm ahead of their UEFA Champions League final against Liverpool at the end of the month.

Los Blancos were a class act throughout, with the opening goal coming from an unusual place. Defender Ferland Mendy surged forward in the ninth minute and found himself with an opportunity to score, which he did not squander.