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Sep 09, 2017, 03:13 PM Last Edit: Sep 10, 2017, 03:27 PM by Bensergi
Real Madrid vs Levante

Real Madrid sit fifth in the table on four points, with Levante tailgating them in sixth with four points as well. The newly-promoted side are coming off a late 1-0 win over Villarreal in the opening weekend, followed by a 2-2 draw against Deportivo. Real Madrid left the fans bitterly disappointed with a 2-2 home draw to Valencia prior to the international break, which Karim Benzema missed a hatful of chances. A brace of the breakout star Marco Asensio was enough to rescue a point. Levante have won only once in their last 11 trips to Santiago Bernabeu, but they have not scored in the past three visits.


Match Stats:

  • Real Madrid 1-1 Levante
  • Shots: 17-4
  • Possession: 62%-38%
  • Corner kicks: 13-3

Real Madrid stumbled to a second straight draw at its Santiago Bernabeu Stadium after being held by Levante to 1-1 in the Spanish league on Saturday.

Madrid lost striker Karim Benzema to a muscle injury in his right leg four days before its Champions League title defense starts against Cypriot team Apoel.

Coach Zinedine Zidane will be without Marcelo for the next league match at Real Sociedad after the defender got a direct red card for kicking Jefferson Lerma in the head after they tumbled to the turf in the 89th.

With Cristiano Ronaldo serving the third of a four-match suspension -- for pushing a referee -- Zidane gave starts to newcomer Theo Hernandez and midfielder Marcos Llorente.

Newly promoted Levante caught Madrid with its guard down in the 12th minute on a routine throw-in executed by Ivan Lopez, which concluded in a goal by another teammate also named Ivan Lopez.

One Lopez directed the throw-in to the other Lopez, who slipped behind Dani Carvajal near the goal, controlled the ball and poked it past goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.

"We can't be happy, above all with our first half," Zidane said. "I am annoyed by the goal that they scored. We have to go out stronger and score first. We are scoring few goals given the number of chances we create."

Gareth Bale replaced Benzema in the 26th when Madrid's striker grabbed his right leg and asked to be substituted. Zidane said the injury was a muscle pull, adding that he hoped Benzema wouldn't be out long.

Lucas Vazquez got the equalizer 10 minutes later, when he tapped in the rebound after Levante goalkeeper Raul Fernandez saved Sergio Ramos' header. That goal extended Madrid's run to 71 consecutive games scoring at least once.

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