Hazard debuts as Madrid beats Levante 3-2 in Spanish league

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior, second left, vies for the ball during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Eden Hazard debuts as Real Madrid holds on to 3-2 win over Levante in Spanish league

MADRID — The wait was finally over for Eden Hazard, who made his Spanish league debut with Real Madrid in a 3-2 win over Levante on Saturday.

Karim Benzema scored twice and Casemiro added another goal as Madrid picked up its first win after two consecutive draws in the league, including against Valladolid in its first match of the season at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium.

Hazard, Madrid's top signing since it lost Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, had missed the first three games because of a thigh injury sustained the day before the opener. The Belgium star came off the bench in the second half, with Madrid 3-1 ahead.

The victory moved Madrid within a point of league leader Atlético Madrid, the only team with three wins after three matches. Atlético visits Real Sociedad later Saturday.

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