Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Real Madrid lose 2 points after 1-1 home draw against Levante

Real Madrid lose 2 points after 1-1 home draw against Levante

"They (Espanyol) always play hard in these games and we came through a difficult game on top", said Barca coach Ernesto Valverde.

After this draw, Real Madrid are provisionally in the fourth position with five points, while Levante hold the fifth place in the La Liga standings with the same number of points.

It is the second straight game this season the LaLiga champions Madrid will be dropping points following the 2-2 draw against Valencia before the worldwide break.

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Bale then had two chances to put Madrid ahead, but saw a header glanced just wide, before Raul did well to save his left foot shot after he had used his pace to get round the back of the Levante defense.

"He [Ronaldo] could say "today I will relax", but he pushes others and makes them better". "With the chances we created, we must be more effective".

"Of course Cristiano is upset about the tax issue, but I never heard of his desire to leave as he explained he was very happy in Madrid, so he went on holiday and we moved on".

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The Frenchman was, however, to limp out of the action after 28 minutes, with Gareth Bale failing to provide inspiration when replacing him off the bench.

"Karim Benzema has been diagnosed with an injury in the semimembranosus muscle of the right leg", Madrid said in a statement without specifying Benzema's estimated recovery time.

Real Madrid did level the scores in the 36th minute, however, when Vazquez tapped home from close range after Levante goalkeeper Raul Fernandez had palmed a header from Ramos straight into the path of the Spain global.

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Toni Kroos nearly cut through the gloom to clinch it when he rattled a post deep into stoppage time. It started the season by beating Manchester United in the European Super Cup and Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup.

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