Real Madrid frustrated again after home draw against Levante

Real Madrid dropped more points at home for the second game running after a 1-1 draw against Levante in La Liga, a game which also saw Marcelo getting sent off late on.

Ivan Lopez gave the visitors a shock lead in the 12th minute by flicking the ball over Dani Carvajal as the Madrid right-back tried to control a long throw-in and volleying into the near corner.

Real was further troubled as forward Karim Benzema was forced off the pitch with a limp, and with Lopez coming close to doubling the lead for Levante from a free-kick that whistled past a post but the champions pulled themselves level in the 36th minute when Lucas Vazquez tapped in from close range after the Levante goalkeeper, Raul Fernandez, could only parry a header from Sergio Ramos.

But Fernandez was able to make amends for that concession by denying Gareth Bale on the stroke of half-time after the Wales international raced through on goal unchallenged, before also kept out another effort by Bale and strikes from Toni Kroos and Marco Asensio after half-time.

The goalkeeper’s best save then came from a low-struck effort from Marcelo, who in frustration rolled to the floor, kicking Levante’s Jefferson Lerma in the process and earning a straight red card in the 89th minute.

Real had one final chance to snatch a win when Toni Kroos went for goal from the edge of the area but saw his shot bounce off the outside of the far post, leaving Zinedine Zidane’s side with five points from their first three league games.

“We need to play better and make that up,” said the Frenchman. “We cannot be happy with what we did. Against Valencia we dropped two points, but played well.”

“We did not play a good game, clearly. We were better after the break, made chances to score, but it was not a good game. One goal today is not enough. With the chances we created, we must be more effective.”

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