La Liga wrap: Real protect Mourinho record, Gijon hold Valencia

Real Madrid eased to a 2-0 La Liga victory over Levante to mark another milestone for incomparable manager Jose Mourinho.

The win meant the Portuguese manager has not lost a league match at home for nine years as a manager in four different leagues, with FC Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid.

The last time Mourinho was in charge of a losing team on home territory was Porto’s 3-2 loss to Beira Mar on February 23, 2002.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring in the seventh minute against Levante after a mazy run from Angel di Maria, before former Chelsea defender Ricardo Carvalho scored just his third goal of the season four minutes before half-time to help record Mourinho’s 122nd home win in his past 147.

The victory also maintained Real’s push to catch leaders Barcelona, cutting the gap to two points with the Catalans to play on Sunday.

Sporting Gijon continued their rich vein of form when they held third-placed Valencia to a scoreless draw at the Estadio de Mestalla.

The result meant Gijon have secured 11 points out of their past six league matches – including a draw against leaders Barcelona – to leave them two clear of the drop zone.

Atletico Madrid beat Real Zaragoza 1-0 at the Estadio de la Romareda courtesy of Sergio Aguero’s 66th-minute goal, helping Atletico into seventh spot on the table.