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Levante 1-0 Real Madrid: Title hopefuls fall to first league defeat since October

Jose Luis Morales applauds the Levante fans as he is substituted against Real Madrid
Jose Luis Morales was substituted immediately after scoring just his second goal of the season

Real Madrid spurned the chance to go back above Barcelona at the top of La Liga as mid-table Levante inflicted their first league loss since October.

Barca, who visit Real next Sunday, went two points clear with a 5-0 win over Eibar earlier in the day.

But Real responded with a lacklustre display before Wednesday's Champions League game with Manchester City.

The visitors missed a host of chances before Jose Luis Morales claimed a late winner with a superb volley.

Eden Hazard missed Real's best chance midway through the second half before the Belgian forward hobbled off injured.

The Spanish giants were then stunned as Nikola Vukcevic played a speculative ball over their defence and winger Morales raced on to it before unleashing a first-time strike from the left side of the Real box.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois actually pulled his hands away from the ball as Morales' shot flashed past the Belgian at his near post.

Zinedine Zidane speaks to Eden Hazard after he comes off injured against Levante
Eden Hazard went off injured for Real Madrid on 67 minutes

The long-serving Levante captain, 32, was then substituted immediately after scoring just his second goal of the season and his team-mates survived some late pressure by Real to earn just their second win in seven league games.

Gareth Bale and fellow forward Luka Jovic were absent through illness, with Isco and Luka Modric the two changes for Real after last week's 2-2 draw at home to Celta Vigo.

Isco and Karim Benzema were denied as Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez made a double save early on before Casemiro headed wide after a poor punch clear by Fernandez.

Enis Bardhi tested Courtois as Real lost control of the game in the second half, before Morales broke the deadlock.

And the closest Real went to salvaging a point before Wednesday's last-16 first leg (20:00 GMT) was when Sergio Ramos' header was saved in stoppage time.

Line-ups

Levante

  • 13Fernández
  • 20Miramón
  • 15Postigo
  • 18González
  • 3García Aranda
  • 11MoralesSubstituted forMartínezat 80'minutes
  • 17Vukcevic
  • 24Campaña
  • 10Bardhi
  • 9MartíBooked at 35minsSubstituted forMeleroat 67'minutes
  • 21MayoralSubstituted forLeónat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Ruiz Ojeda
  • 6Duarte
  • 7León
  • 19Clerc
  • 22Melero
  • 23Andújar Moreno
  • 36Martínez

Real Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Carvajal
  • 5Varane
  • 4RamosBooked at 10mins
  • 12Marcelo
  • 10ModricSubstituted forValverdeat 81'minutes
  • 14CasemiroBooked at 71mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 22IscoSubstituted forVázquezat 73'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 7E HazardSubstituted forVinícius Júniorat 67'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Areola
  • 3Militão
  • 15Valverde
  • 16Rodríguez
  • 17Vázquez
  • 23Mendy
  • 25Vinícius Júnior
Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Attendance:
22,543

Match Stats

Home TeamLevanteAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home8
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Levante 1, Real Madrid 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Levante 1, Real Madrid 0.

Attempt saved. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Marcelo with a cross.

Raphael Varane (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gonzalo Melero (Levante).

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

Bruno González (Levante) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Postigo.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Pablo Martínez (Levante).

Substitution

Substitution, Levante. Sergio León replaces Borja Mayoral.

Foul by Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

Borja Mayoral (Levante) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Attempt blocked. Borja Mayoral (Levante) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gonzalo Melero.

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Vinícius Júnior.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Postigo.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Federico Valverde replaces Luka Modric.

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Levante. Pablo Martínez replaces José Luis Morales.

Goal!

Goal! Levante 1, Real Madrid 0. José Luis Morales (Levante) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Nikola Vukcevic.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Nikola Vukcevic.

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sergio Postigo (Levante).

Corner, Levante. Conceded by Vinícius Júnior.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Lucas Vázquez replaces Isco.

Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by José Luis Morales (Levante).

Booking

Casemiro (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt blocked. Borja Mayoral (Levante) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Enis Bardhi.

Substitution

Substitution, Levante. Gonzalo Melero replaces Roger Martí.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Vinícius Júnior replaces Eden Hazard because of an injury.

Foul by Casemiro (Real Madrid).

Enis Bardhi (Levante) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Isco (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jorge Miramón (Levante).

Offside, Real Madrid. Casemiro tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Roger Martí (Levante) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nikola Vukcevic.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 22nd February 2020

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona25174462293355
2Real Madrid25158246172953
3Getafe24126636221442
4Real Sociedad24124842311140
5Atl Madrid24101042517840
6Sevilla2411763125640
7Villarreal24115842321038
8Valencia2510873537-238
9Granada24103112931-233
10Levante25102133136-532
11Ath Bilbao2471072320331
12Osasuna2471073132-131
13Real Betis257993540-530
14Alavés2476112534-927
15Real Valladolid2451182027-726
16Celta Vigo2559112234-1224
17Eibar2466122237-1524
18Mallorca2564152642-1622
19Leganés2547141837-1919
20Espanyol2447132142-2119
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