MX23RW : Wednesday, October 24 13:06:57
Oct 20, 2018 at 12pm UK at ​Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)
Attendance: 63,423
Real Madrid
Marcelo (72')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Luis Morales (6'), Marti (13' pen.)
(S. Postigo) J. Morales        6'
M. Roger (pen.)        13'
46'     G. Bale (A. Odriozola)
(Foul) E. Cabaco        53'
60'     K. Benzema (Isco)
60'     D. Ceballos (M. Asensio)
(R. Rochina) C. Doukoure        67'
72'     Marcelo (K. Benzema)
(S. Postigo) Chema        75'
(M. Roger) E. Boateng        79'
(Tripping) Jason        89'
90+4'     Marcelo (Tripping)

Result: More misery for Real Madrid as they lose at home to Levante

Pressure increases on Lopetegui.

Real Madrid crashed to a third successive defeat, putting head coach Julen Lopetegui under further scrutiny.

Goals from Jose Luis Morales and Roger Marti inside the opening quarter of an hour left Real shell-shocked and Levante went on to seal a famous 2-1 victory in the Spanish capital.

Marcelo pulled one back – but only after Real had surpassed their previous highest benchmark of 465 minutes without scoring – but it was to no avail, with this setback ramping up the pressure on Lopetegui ahead of next week’s El Clasico at Barcelona.

The former Spain coach’s future was already being talked about following losses to CSKA Moscow and Alaves before the international break, while they are now winless in five.

Their recent sticky patch had left them low on confidence and the mood around the Bernabeu only darkened when Morales took advantage of a Raphael Varane error to put the visitors ahead in the seventh minute.

Varane failed to track the run of Morales, who collected Sergio Postigo’s long ball forward before rounding Thibaut Courtois and slotting into an empty net.

The Real defender was again culpable as Levante doubled their lead to the  astonishment of the home crowd in the 13th minute.

A handball by the World Cup winner was initially given as a free-kick on the edge of the box but referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez upgraded the decision to a penalty after consultation with VAR.

Roger Marti made no mistake with his spot-kick, despite Courtois guessing the right way, to leave Real with a mountain to climb.

The hosts thought they had got an immediate foothold back into the clash when Marco Asensio, the last Real player to score, nodded in the rebound after Sergio Ramos’ header had had bounced off the crossbar.

However, VAR once again proved their undoing, the system showing Asensio to be offside as Ramos headed the ball.

Real were seeing plenty of the ball after a frantic start and continued to fashion opportunities, with Mariano planting a header against the bar while Lucas Vazquez was denied by a superb save from Levante goalkeeper Oier Olazabal.

Levante looked to have scored a third as half-time approached but Ruben Rochina’s tap-in was chalked off due to provider Tono being offside before putting in a cross.

Gareth Bale was brought on for Alvaro Odriozola at the beginning of the second half while Luka Modric went close to halving the deficit but Olazabal palmed away after the Croatian had jinked his way into box and got a shot away.

The much-discussed 55th minute came and went without Real scoring, while the final roll of the dice came in the form of Karim Benzema and Dani Ceballos replacing Isco and Asensio.

Levante sealed a famous win (Paul White/AP)
Levante sealed a famous win (Paul White/AP)

Benzema was involved as Real ended the goal drought at 481 minutes, the Frenchman cutting the ball back to Marcelo, who rifled into the roof of the net with his weaker right foot with a little more than a quarter of an hour remaining.

Benzema saw his strike from the edge of the box come back off the post while Olazabal once again came to Levante’s rescue to deny Mariano in the closing stages.

Mariano did get the better of the shot-stopper after finding the net from close range but the linesman’s flag came to the rescue of Levante.

Real through everything forward as they frantically searched for a winner but to no avail, with boos raining down at the full-time whistle.

Share this article now:

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
5Atletico MadridAtletico9441105516
6Real Valladolid943286215
7Real Madrid9423139414
9Real Sociedad93331211112
11Real Betis933357-212
13Celta Vigo92431313010
17Athletic Bilbao81521014-48
19Rayo Vallecano8125817-95

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Transfer Talk Daily
Match previews - twice weekly
Morning Briefing (7am UTC)
Ultra close-up image of Kevin De Bruyne [NOT FOR USE IN ARTICLES]Get the latest transfer news, match previews and news direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Select and display your favourite team's news and scores in this panel
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account