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Real Madrid in meltdown as Levante inflict latest defeat

It was hard not to feel sorry for Real Madrid coach Julen Lopetegui as he watched Real Madrid lose at home to Levante, what now remains to be seen is if there is any sympathy from the club’s president Florentino Perez.

He is no stranger to sacking managers early in a season and he will feel he has some justification after Madrid lost at home to Levante for only the second time in their history beating their own record for failing to score along the way.

The fans polls are already running online asking supporters if they feel Lopetegui should be relieved of his duties before the meeting with Barcelona next week.

Eventually Madrid broke their scoring drought but only after they had passed the milestone of 464 minutes without a goal beating the previous worst run set in 1985.

Lopetegui did his best to put on a brave face after the loss. Asked if he feared the sack he said: ‘Right now that is the last thing on my mind. I just want to lift the players for the next game.’

He was upset that the referee had only added four minutes but in truth things are going so badly for Real Madrid that you wonder how much more time they would have needed to get the equaliser.

They were picked apart on the break in the first half, looking dishevelled and disorganised. In goal Thibaut Courtois got his hand to a first-half penalty but could not keep it out.

Rookie right back Alvaro Odriozola was hooked at half-time. Raphael Varane was at fault for both the goals and Sergio Ramos was unable to lift the team alongside him.

Luka Modric looks exhausted in midfield and alongside him he had Isco returning just 24 days after an appendix operation looking a long way from match fit.

With Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema on the bench Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez were both given starts but neither shone as Levante raced into a 2-0 lead.

They were ahead after just seven minutes when a long ball over the top from Sergio Postigo dropped to Jose Luis Morales who had got the wrong side of Varane.

It should have been a routine interception from the France centre back and Morales accepted the gift and scored past Courtois.

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