Madrid reach worst scoring drought in loss

Sergio Ramos

Sergio Ramos

Struggling Real Madrid takes on Levante on Saturday in La Liga action, looking to get back on track.

Real Madrid narrowly avoided making unwanted history as Marcelo broke what was nearly the longest goalless streak in the club's history.

The club's previous worst run had been 464 minutes, in 1985.

The result - coming after back-to-back defeats to CSKA Moscow and Deportivo Alaves prior to the worldwide break - leaves Lopetegui facing an uncertain future in his job, though Marcelo feels media speculation over the manager's future is unfair.

Lopetegui's side were stung twice inside 13 minutes when first Jose Luis Morales and then Roger Marti, from the spot, scored. I am only thinking about lifting the players quickly.

A handball by the World Cup victor was initially given as a free-kick on the edge of the box but referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez upgraded the decision to a penalty after consultation with VAR.

The former FC Porto subsequently lost his job before La Roja kicked a ball in Russian Federation and was tasked to lead Real into a new era after Zidane led them to three successive UEFA Champions League titles and LaLiga in two and half seasons.

He is under massive pressure and could even be sacked before next Sunday's Clasico against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

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"I'm sure football will eventually give back to us what it is taking away", Lopetegui said.

"For the effort they have made and for how they have reacted to their misfortune".

Lopetegui admitted he had witnessed a "sad changing room" after the match and his team were certainly not blessed with luck.

Madrid struck the woodwork three times and had a goal by Diaz disallowed for offside in the final minutes.

VAR proved their undoing again, ruling Marco Asensio's follow-up offside after Casemiro had headed against the crossbar.

The pressure continued into the four minutes of added time, but Levante held on to record a famous win, which could end up costing Lopetegui his job.

Madrid conceded the first goal for the seventh time in 11 games in all competitions when Varane failed to clear the most routine of through passes and forward Morales stole the loose ball and rounded goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to score. "We have done everything we think we have to do".

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