Real Madrid vs. Levante - Football Match Report

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Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui is on the brink of being sacked after just 12 matches in charge, having not secured a win in their last five games.

Lopetegui is under increasing pressure, after seeing a winless run stretched to five games with defeat at home to Levante on Saturday.

His dismissal is now inevitable and only a matter of time until the Real Madrid president finally pulls the trigger.

Mid-table Levante seemed the flawless opponent to face, but with a front-line led by the precocious Jose Luis Morales, the visitors had no intention of playing for a point. In-form midfielder, Jose Luis Morales scored his third LaLiga goal of the season to give his side the lead in the 5th minute of the game. The spot-kick was eventually awarded, after consultation with the video assistant referee.

Benzema saw his strike from the edge of the box come back off the post while Olazabal once again came to Levante's rescue to deny Mariano in the closing stages.

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

Subsequently, they have suffered a 3-0 loss to Sevilla in La Liga, were held scoreless by Atletico Madrid in their derby and were stunningly defeated 1-0 by Alaves in the Primera Division immediately before the worldwide break. "My players don't deserve this punishment, we play in the Champions League on Tuesday and we need to recover".

Former Barcelona back-up Olazabal was going to have to play well if Levante were to record a famous win at the Santiago Bernabeu, and he certainly did. Morales kept his eyes on Sergio Postigo's long ball, as Raphael Varane failed to, took the ball around keeper Thibaut Courtois and slotted in.

"Stats do not count much in football - it is goals that count".

On the other hand, Levante are seventh on the table with 13 points.

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