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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.



Formation 4-4-2

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


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

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 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


  • 1Areola
  • 3Militão
  • 15Valverde
  • 16Rodríguez
  • 17Vázquez
  • 23Mendy
  • 25Vinícius Júnior
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

Match Stats

Home TeamLevanteAway TeamReal Madrid
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Levante 1, Real Madrid 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Levante 1, Real Madrid 0.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by Gonzalo Melero (Levante).

  6. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Postigo.

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Foul by Pablo Martínez (Levante).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Levante. Sergio León replaces Borja Mayoral.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Corner, Levante. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Sergio Postigo.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Federico Valverde replaces Luka Modric.

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Levante. Pablo Martínez replaces José Luis Morales.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 22nd February 2020

As It Stood

2Real Madrid25158246172953
4Real Sociedad24124842311140
5Atl Madrid24101042517840
11Ath Bilbao2471072320331
13Real Betis257993540-530
15Real Valladolid2451182027-726
16Celta Vigo2559112234-1224
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