Real Madrid failed to win in La Liga again after conceding a late equaliser away to Levante. It will be incredibly disappointing to everyone involved and boss Zinedine Zidane said that he was ‘disgusted’ with his side after throwing away two points that would have been vastly important.
It all started well enough though, as Sergio Ramos put Real Madrid in front after just 11 minutes. He headed home and everything looked good for Los Blancos at this point. The lead did not last until half time though, as Emmanuel Boateng followed up on a good save by Keylor Navas to slot the ball into the corner and equalise for Levante.
Real can only have themselves to blame for not putting Levante away, and they missed a number of second half chances, including Cristiano Ronaldo having a shot blocked at close range by Cheick Doukoure. Karim Benzema scuffed a shot wide while Sergio Ramos forced the Levante goalkeeper into a save from the corner.
The game was then on a knife edge up until the 81st minute, and Real Madrid looked to have won it when Isco slotted the ball home to the relief of Real fans everywhere. The good feeling was not going to last though, as Giampaolo Pazzini broke Los Blancos’ hearts. He was played in behind the Real defence and earned Levante a point.
The defence will have to take a lot of the blame as they left both Levante goalscorers unmarked. The club are now without a clean sheet in six La Liga matches.
This result has left the defending champions in 4th place in La Liga and 18 points behind the league leaders Barcelona. This was the sixth draw of the season, having lost four times. Zidane’s side are now only two points clear of 5th place. The pressure will begin to grow on the boss yet again.