LaLiga champions Real Madrid dropped points for the second game in a row as Ivi’s early opener earned Levante their share of the spoils from a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu.
Zinedine Zidane’s men were held by Valencia before the international break and Lucas Vazquez’s first-half response was only enough for another tie upon the resumption of the league.
Such was Real’s frustration at their inability to break down Levante’s stubborn defence – marshalled superbly by goalkeeper Raul – that wing-back Marcelo saw red at the death.
What they saidReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane: “We cannot be happy, especially with our first-half performance. In the second half we improved a bit. We lost two points and will have to find a better way to play well and pick up points.”Levante goalkeeper Raul: “You always feel overwhelmed at the Bernabeu, when they start to attack it seems like they never stop.”
Tweet of the match
Moment of the match
Ivi’s goal. The Madrid-born forward should never have been allowed to get near Ivan Lopez’s long throw into the box but a lack of communication let him clip home and Real never recovered.
Key man – Raul
A popular name at the Bernabeu thanks to the prolific Spain striker but Real fans will be cursing the namesake visiting keeper who single-handedly kept Marco Asensio, Toni Kroos and co at bay.
Stat of the match
Levante, who are back in LaLiga after a season in the Segunda, are typically whipping boys on their trips to north Madrid, last taking all three points here back in February 2007. They had not scored at the Bernabeu since April 2013, an occasion which saw them take the lead then lose 5-1.
Player ratingsReal Madrid: Kiko Casilla 7, Dani Carvajal 6, Nacho 6, Sergio Ramos 7, Marcelo 5, Marcos Llorente 6, Toni Kroos 7, Lucas Vazquez 7, Marco Asensio 7, Theo Hernandez 6, Karim Benzema 6. Subs: Gareth Bale 6, Isco 7, Mateo Kovacic 6.Levante: Raul 9, Ivan Lopez 7, Sergio Postigo 6, Chema 7, Tono 6, Rober 6, Jason 7, Jefferson Lerma 6, Jose Campana 6, Ivi 8, Alex Alegria 7. Subs: Pedro Lopez 6, Emmanuel Boateng 6, Samu 6.
Who’s up next?
Real Madrid v Apoel Nicosia (Champions League, Wednesday September 13)
Levante v Valencia (LaLiga, Saturday September 16)