Los Blancos halted in their own den by tactical Levante
Its definitely not the start Zinedine Zidane would have expected as the Los Blancos failed to register a win against Levante in the mid-day kick-off of matchday 3.
Real Madrid who looked eager to gulp the gingerly 2-2 draw against Valencia just before the international break were again held to a 1-1 draw in their own back yard.
Levante were able to maintain their unbeaten start this campaign and are in level on points with Real Madrid.
— Levante UD (@LevanteUD) September 9, 2017
Levante took the lead on the 12th minute through a throw-in by Ivan Lopez as it fell kindly to Ivan lopez who managed to poke the ball beyond Casilla despite a poor first touch.
Ivan lopez unfortunately couldn’t carry-on after the brilliant start due to an injury and was substituted by defender Pedro Lopez.
Real madrid looked threatening but credit to Levante for providing minimal amount of space and things got worse as Karim Benzema took a knock and twisted his ankle as he miscontrolled under pressure and had to be substituted by Gareth Bale on the 28th minute.
Debutant Theo Hernandez seemed to look as the most influential player for Real Madrid in the first half because of his constant threats from the left flank.
Ivi Lopez came close to fancy a second goal as his free kick dipped just wide off the post.
— Real Madrid C.F.🇬🇧 (@realmadriden) September 9, 2017
Real madrid equalized on the 36th minutes as Ramos’ towering header over Campana through a set-piece was parried out by Lucas Vazquez with yards out to finish.
This goal marked the 71st consecutive goal scoring game by Real Madrid continuing the longest streak in the top 5 European leagues.
The most positive practice undergoing was the swift swapping of postions by Marcelo and Theo Hernandez but even that faltered when Marcelo was sent-off on the 89th minute for clattering into Lerma after shooting on goal and needlessly kicking out the Levante man.
Real Madrid looked to steal one at the dying minutes of stoppage time as Toni Kroos’ curling shot hit the post.
Levante keeper Raul Fernández was named the man of the match for his exceptional performance beneath the bar.
The crisis for Real Madrid has increased as their hitman has joined the list of injured players while Marcelo has joined Ronaldo on the suspension list ahead of the next encounter.