Born in New Jersey, but with Italian parents, Rossi opted to play for the Squadra Azzurra having made a name for himself at Parma and Villarreal. He has played 30 times for Italy and scored seven goals, but the former Manchester United player has not featured since playing against the Republic of Ireland precisely two years ago.
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Before the game Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane faced a daunting task of both lifting the team after the galling loss to Atletico on Saturday and fanning the flames of Ronaldo's explosive post-match interview, in which the Portuguese claimed ``we might be top of the league if everyone else was at my level''.
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Late goals from Duje Cop and Gonzalo Castro broke Levante's hearts and confirmed their relegation from the Primera Division as Malaga won 3-1 at La Rosaleda.
The French striker's hamstring problem gave 18-year-old Borja Mayoral his first ever Madrid start just days after impressing as a substitute against Atletico, and he made his mark despite being denied a debut goal.
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Giuseppe Rossi scored a last-minute winner as relegated Levante came from behind to end Atletico Madrid's Primera Division title hopes with a 2-1 win.
But Levante quickly summoned the strength to get back in the game. Deyverson rose to knock down a long punt upfield and Rossi held the ball up superbly, fighting off Casemiro and Raphael Varane before laying it off to the unmarked Brazilian, who cooly tapped into the near corner.
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But the Portuguese got his own back by creating the third goal that killed off any hope of a late Levante revival, racing down the right wing and cutting the ball back for Isco to hook first time into the bottom corner. The midfielder barely celebrated the goal, though, a reflection on the low spirits in the Madrid camp.
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His temporary strike partner Mayoral inspired Madrid's next goal, letting fly from the edge of the area and hitting the post, the ball then bouncing off Marino and over the line.
The second half witnessed little football to savour as Levante tried to scrap their way to an equaliser, their best moment coming from Ruben Garcia's distant effort that was repelled by Navas.
Sporting Gijon's 2-0 win over Villarreal condemned Paco Jemez's side to a return to the Segunda Division.
Levante, bottom of the table and six points from safety, knew defeat would see them return to the Segunda and things looked grim when Cop put the hosts ahead. However, Jose Luis Morales' quick reply gave them hope.
At the other end Ronaldo was denied a goal from open play by hitting the near post from a difficult angle, prompting merciless taunts from the home supporters.
The Portuguese had missed his last spot-kick 10 days previously at Malaga but this time slammed the ball low into the bottom corner to score his 23rd goal of the season.
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Ronaldo was their biggest threat although lacked sharpness in front of goal, twice missing the target and once hitting straight at Marino.
Rubi's side controversially had a goal ruled out for offside midway through the second half which would have seen them take the lead...
In the early stages Madrid looked as though they were still reeling from the derby defeat but they eventually grew into the game.
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The agent of Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi has admitted that the player may have made a mistake by choosing to represent Italy over the United States.
Levante have two games remaining this season, against Atletico Madrid and Real Vallecano, with Juanfran expected to feature.
Fernando Torres gave Atletico the lead early on, but Victor's 30th-minute header levelled before Italian forward Rossi fired home from the edge of the box at the death.
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Yet his side made a bright start and could have taken an early lead when Giuseppe Rossi turned in the box and fired low towards the bottom corner, but former Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas got down low to save.
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The 39-year-old, who began his career at the club before returning to Estadio Ciudad de Valencia in 2010, said: "These are not easy situations when one is not...
Rayo Vallecano were relegated from the Primera Division after five years in the top flight despite beating Levante 3-1 on the final day of the season.
A depleted Real Madrid side failed to produce a galvanising performance at Levante following their derby defeat to Atletico Madrid but still earned a 3-1 win.