Despite playing at home, Real Madrid lost 2-1 to Levante on Saturday morning (Brasília time). At the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, the visiting team scored two goals in the first half with Jose Luis Morales and Roger Martí, while Marcelo narrowed the scoring in a game marked by interference from the VAR in captaincy.
After Morales opened the scoring just after six minutes, the VAR was responsible for marking a penalty for Levante, converted by Martí, at 12. The video referee also nullified a goal from each team because of irregular player positions who participated in the bids.
Benzema dominated the ball from the left side of the area and rolled back 26 minutes from the final. Marcelo dominated, straightened to the right leg and hit, no chance for the Spanish goalkeeper Oier Olazabal. Real still had a chance to equalize at the head of the French forward at 42, but the ball was defended and the kick for Mariano Díaz’s net was canceled because the Dominican was barred.
The setback aggravates the crisis of Real Madrid by the bad campaign in the Spanish Championship. After nine games in the competition, the team of the Spanish capital has 14 points. Already three defeats suffered in the tournament and reached 481 minutes without scoring a goal in the season, negative mark ended with Marcelo’s kick. The worst sequence without swinging the net in the club’s history was 464 minutes.
For Levante, it was the second victory in the history of the Valencia club within the Santiago Bernabeu, the first since 2007. The negative numbers increase the pressure on the Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui, dismissed from the selection of Spain days before the beginning of the World Cup , disputed between June and July, because it leaked the information of the correct of the trainer with the club of Madrid.
This Tuesday, also at the Bernabeu, Real will face Czech club Viktoria Plzen for the third round of the Champions League of Europe. Already next Sunday, by the Spanish Championship, the opponent will be Barcelona, away from home. Levante, who have 13 points after nine matches, will be the club’s main defender against Leganés next Saturday.