Atletico Madrid's Radamel Falcao wants us all to know that he's going to beat Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for this season's pichichi trophy. He's sure of it. But his quest to unseat the two best players in the world did not begin well Sunday night, as Atletico Madrid and Levante slugged out a 1-1 draw that had most fans asleep by halftime--and not just because halftime was at 11:45 PM.
Neither team seemed able to create any real danger on the night, though Atleti seemed to have most of the play--or whatever "play" existed. Levante, as was their wont last season, was more than happy to defend, especially on their home turf. El Zhar edged the locals in front within five minutes on a tricky piece of skill off a corner, but Arda Turan equalized within 15 minutes for Atleti, as he dashed past the Levante defense and unleashed a cannon from outside the area.
That would be pretty much it for both sides for the rest of the game--Levante would hit the post towards the end, but it seemed almost accidental, against the run of "play."
The LFP would do well to take note: if they want to schedule games that run until 1AM, it'd be pretty smart to at least try not to allow Levante to take part in them.