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La Liga: Cristiano Ronaldo outburst is in the past, insists Pepe

Madrid: Real Madrid defender Pepe insists his teammates have healed the wounds from Cristiano Ronaldo's outburst after the Madrid derby and called on the team to keep on a winning run after beating Levante 3-1.

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo

Ronaldo put Madrid in front from the penalty spot and an own goal by Levante goalkeeper Diego Marino soon doubled their advantage, while Isco added to the scoring in injury time after Deyverson had pulled one back for Levante.

Pepe sought to draw a line under Ronaldo's words after the game, telling Canal Plus: "It's in the past now. We talked about it and we are all in this together, just like the coach said.

"We have to keep working hard and run through walls for this shirt because lots of people around the world suffer when we lose. We have to keep working hard with humility. Here the team showed that we can fight a lot, we came under a lot of pressure."

Meanwhile, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane praised his side's ability to win the match despite missing six regular starters.

"It wasn't easy at the start and we got the three points through effort," he told a press conference. "We played how we wanted to and how I expected us to. Four or five of our players were knackered at the end but that's normal. I was impressed with the performance of every player."

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