Video: Real Madrid 1 – 1 Levante [La Liga] Highlights
Real Madrid 1 – 1 Levante [La Liga] Highlights video, mp4 download
A much-changed Real Madrid dropped points for the second LaLiga home game in a row as Levante held them to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
Lucas Vazquez cancelled out Ivi’s surprise opener but it was another frustrating 90 minutes for the champions at the Santiago Bernabeu, as they handed Barcelona another early boost in the title race.
Zinedine Zidane’s side drew 2-2 with Valencia prior to the international break and they were once more unconvincing as they failed to take all three points against last season’s LaLiga123 winners, with Marcelo sent off for a petulant kick in the dying minutes.
Madrid handed first starts of 2017-18 to Theo Hernandez and Marcos Llorente, with Isco, Casemiro and Gareth Bale all on the bench and Luka Modric and Keylor Navas rested entirely following their exploits for their national teams, while Cristiano Ronaldo remained sidelined through suspension.
Zidane had stressed the importance of utilising his squad prior to the match but they looked well short of their best against a disciplined visiting side, who kept Madrid restricted to half-chances after Vazquez levelled following Ivi’s early goal.
Karim Benzema picked up a suspected hamstring injury and Marcelo saw red late on to compound a poor outing for the home side, who will be four points behind Barca after only three games if Ernesto Valverde’s side win the derby with Espanyol later on Saturday.