Register Login Scores

LaLiga

Real Title Hopes Dented After Shock Home Loss

LaLiga

Result: Real Madrid 1-2 Levante

Date: 30 January 2021

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu

Real Madrid failed to close the gap on leaders Atletico Madrid after falling to a 2-1 defeat to Levante at home on Saturday evening.

Real had their manager Zinedine Zidane back on the sidelines for this game after he missed last weekend's 4-1 win over Alaves after testing positive for coronavirus.

He made one change from the side which started in the 4-1 victory over Alaves last weekend, with the injured Lucas Vazquez replaced by Alvaro Odriozola in defence.

Real broke swiftly on the counter-attack in the seventh minute but Karim Benzema couldn't produce the finish following a great run by Eden Hazard.

Los Blancos were reduced to 10 men in the 10th minute. Levante forward Sergio Leon left the Real defence behind and Eder Militao brought him down on the edge of the box just as it looked like Leon would pull the trigger with the referee showing Militao a straight red card as he was the last man.

Despite their numerical disadvantage, Real took the lead three minutes later. A wonderful through-ball from Toni Kroos set Marco Asensio away from inside his own half and a cool finish with his right foot sent Real Madrid ahead.

Thibaut Courtois was then forced into action to deny Roger Marti, after Ferland Mendy gave the ball away on the left.

The visitors equalised in the 34th minute. Levante built nicely and Jose Luis Morales caught the ball sweetly from Jorge Miramon's cross, sending his shot across Thibaut Courtois and into the opposite side of the goal.

Benzema had a huge opportunity in the 53rd minute, as Toni Kroos slotted the ball through to Benzema just to the left of goal, but the Frenchman produced a weak shot that travelled across the goalmouth.

Levante were awarded a penalty for a foul on Carlos Clerc by Vinicius Junior in the 62nd minute but it was missed as Roger Marti's strike was pretty central and the perfect height for Courtois to get a strong hand to.

Roger Marti made amends for his penalty miss when Real failed to deal with a corner and the ball dropped for Marti, who sent a powerful low strike beyond the reach of Courtois.

Levante knocked the ball around as they ran down the clock down against a tiring ten-man Real Madrid to secure the three points.

Click through the gallery below to see the best-paid players in LaLiga! 

5 comments

Top 5

Parker’s Foul-Mouth Rant At Nurkovic?

125 May 13, 2021 12:54 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Real Madrid Transfer Talk: Seven Out, Eight In?

19 May 06, 2021 12:29 PM in LaLiga

Pitso Punished, Hands Ahly Players 24-Hour Rest

78 May 13, 2021 11:57 AM in Players Abroad

12 Players Mourinho Wants To Sign

4 May 07, 2021 12:21 PM in Serie A

Khune To Step Aside?

36 May 16, 2021 08:59 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Parker’s Foul-Mouth Rant At Nurkovic?

125 May 13, 2021 12:54 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

CAF Announce Host City For Champions League Final

27 May 16, 2021 12:34 PM in African Football

Portuguese Defender Spotted At Naturena

45 May 15, 2021 08:27 AM in Kaizer Chiefs

Baxter Jets Out, Talks Ongoing

26 May 13, 2021 08:00 AM in Siyagobhoza

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

19 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Sundowns Most Valuable Left Backs Through The Years

13 May 13, 2021 04:18 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News