Real Madrid go down to Levante in La Liga to suffer third straight loss

first_imgJulen Lopetegui’s problems deepened as Real Madrid suffered their third straight loss on Saturday as Levante returned with a 2-1 win from the Santiago Bernabeu in the La Liga.Not only that, the club also set an unwanted record of 482 minutes without scoring a goal.Levante went ahead as early as the seventh minute, when Jose Luis Morales scored and the lead was doubled when Roger Marti converted from the spot in the 13th minute after a defensive slip from Raphael Varane led to a hand-ball and a penalty followed after consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR).Real created numerous chances at the other end and hit the woodwork three times. Not only that, a Marco Asensio strike was ruled out by VAR as he was offside early in the second-half that broke their unwanted club record of going 464 minutes without a goal.However, Marcelo finally snapped their long spell without a goal by smashing into the net midway through the second half, scoring the club’s first goal in 482 minutes.But despite creating a glut of further chances Real slumped to a third straight loss in all competitions to pile the pressure on under-fire Lopetegui.”We are feeling very bad, we 100 percent had to win this game and we kept trying until the end but it wasn’t meant to be,” said Real midfielder Dani Ceballos, who also gave his backing to Lopetegui.”I believe in the coach, although the decision isn’t mine. I don’t think his job is in danger, we are right behind him.”advertisementReal, who were booed by their fans, are fifth in the La Liga standings, three points behind leaders Alaves.Champions Barcelona play at home to second-placed Sevilla later on Saturday.Real were in dire need of a win after losing to CSKA Moscow and Alaves in their last two games and they were boosted by the return of influential figures Isco and Marcelo although Gareth Bale could only start on the bench after recovering from injury.Madrid conceded the first goal for the seventh time in 11 games in all competitions when Varane failed to clear the most routine of through passes and forward Morales stole the loose ball and rounded goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to score.BIZARRE CIRCUMSTANCESPA-TA-TA #RealMadridLevante UD (@LevanteUD) October 20, 2018Levante stunned the home fans into silence when they were awarded a penalty in bizarre circumstances for a handball by the hapless Varane on the line of the penalty area, which was finally given after consulting the video assistant referee (VAR) just as the visitors were about to take a free kick.Courtois guessed the right way but Marti’s penalty was too powerful for him.VAR was called into action five minutes later to cancel out a goal for Real from Marco Asensio for offside, the first of a flurry of chances for the home side which saw Mariano hit the crossbar and Levante’s former Barcelona goalkeeper Oier Olazabal make a string of impressive saves.Olazabal made another superb save after the interval to thwart substitute Bale while fellow sub Benzema hit the post after Marcelo had reduced the deficit to a single goal.Mariano thought he had found a leveller late on when he converted from close range but the goal was ruled offside.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img