Real Madrid were left ruing their missed chances as Levante stunned them late in the game to hand them their second laliga loss of the season.
Jose Morales’ second half left footed volley left Real Madrid gnashing their teeth as they were stunned 1-0 by 10th placed Levante at Cuitat de Valencia.
Real Madrid failed to take advante of their glorious first half chances with Karim Benzema and Casemiro missing the best of them all.
Isco located Benzema in the elevent minute, putting the french man through on goal, but the league’s second top scorer made Levante’s Gk appear bigger than he really is.
Four minutes later, Fernandez failed to punch out Toni Kroo’s corner kick, and Casemiro’s resulting header somehow managed not to enter the empty.
Real Madrid’s first half of poor run in front of goal was wrapped up when Benzema yet again was clear on goal but he chose to pass the ball to Hazard at the right hand side of goal, thereby wasting the chance with Levante effectively clearing the ball.
In the second half, the away side continued to pile pressure on the Valencia based Levante side.
A fast paced counter attack in the 60th minute by Zidane’s men begged to be converted but Benzema yet again, failed to deliver.
Zinedine Zidane’s first sub of the match turned out to be Eden Hazard, who limped on his way off the pitch, showing he had picked a knock.
The Belgian number 10 has only featured in two games this year with his long injury law off, failing to complete 90 minutes in both games.
It was the home side who barely created clear scoring chances that eventually broke the deadlock after 80 minutes of play, stunning their title chasing counterparts.
Levante’s captian, Morales was played onside by Varane, and he sent a stupendous left footed volley past Thibaut Courtois from tight corner to win the game and all three points for Levante.
— Levante UD 🐸 (@LevanteUD) February 22, 2020
The loss for Zidane’s men meant they have now surrendered the league’s supremacy to Barcelona– who thumped Eibar 5-0 earlier— with eight days to El Clasico at the capital.
Laliga Santander table
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