Will that be the end for Lopetegui as Real Madrid manager? This result means that they have now gone five games without a win and it seems that things might have got too much for the man who was already under pressure. He was moaning to the referee at the full time whistle there. Will he last the week?
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- 1st Half
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Real Madrid - Levante UD
Liga - 20 October 2018
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Real Madrid 1-2 Levante
It should have been three! That should have been that! Morales was clean through after Real Madrid sent everyone forward, but somehow he sends his shot wide of the far post.
This has been dismal from Real Madrid, but you have to say that they have been rather unfortunate this afternoon. They have had two goals chalked off and have hit the woodwork three times.
There seems to be an air of resignation from the Real Madrid players out there. Lopetegui also looks to be resigned to the result. Is this the end for him as manager of the club?
Four minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
- Yellow cardJasonLevante UD
Jason enters the book for a sliding tackle on Varane. He can have no real complaints.
GOOOOOOOOOO... OFFSIDE! Yet more drama! Mariano bundles home a finish from close range, but the officials have given the offside and the VAR review confirms it. It's still 2-1.
Mariano snapshot! Levante make a bit of a hash of a clearance, with the ball falling to Mariano just inside the penalty area. But the shot is straight at Oier, who makes the save.
It's just not happening for Real Madrid at the moment. There was a spell after Marcelo's goal when they looked to have some swagger back, but that has vanished once again.
Levante are keeping it cool at the back, which is remarkable when you consider the pressure they are under. Real Madrid are playing with about six players as out and out attackers.
Just behind Varane! Real Madrid win a freekick on the left side of the box. The delivery from Marcelo was a good one, but it was slightly behind Varane, who had leapt highest.
Time is ticking away for Real Madrid here. A draw might not be enough to save Lopetegui from an inquest. They need all three points and so they need two more goals!
- OffRogerLevante UD
- OnEmmanuel BoatengLevante UD
And the second change sees Boateng come on for Levante. They have less than 10 minutes to hang on.
- OffSergio PostigoLevante UD
- OnChemaLevante UD
A double change for the away side, with Chema coming off the bench...
The problem for Levante is that they are no longer posing much of a threat on the counter attack. Morales had a chance there, but he just didn't have the legs to get away.
Off the woodwork again! What a strike that was from Benzema! He fired off an effort from 20 yards out, but his strike finds the inside of the post and bounces away from goal!
How will Levante react to losing that goal? They were actually cruising. They looked to have weathered the Real Madrid storm, but now the pressure is on. Can they survive?
Time wasting! Postigo has gone down inside his own box with cramp and the whistles are ringing around the Santiago Bernabeu. They believe this, with good reason, to be time wasting.
The pass from Benzema for the goal didn't look to be the best, but in hindsight it actually changed the angle of the shot for Marcelo and opened up the space that allowed him to score.
Well, that goal could change everything. It will certainly change the atmosphere inside the Santiago Bernabeu, which had fallen flat. Real Madrid will now surely crank things up!
- GoalMarceloReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 1 (71 mins - Marcelo) Levante 2. They have one back! They finally have a route back into this game! The chance looked to have gone, but Benzema did well to keep his composure and find Marcelo, who smashed a right-footed finish high into the roof of the net!
- OffRubén RochinaLevante UD
- OnCheick DoukoureLevante UD
Levante are making a change here, with Rochina coming off. He had a good game.
In case you missed the second Levante goal...
Great strike, excellent save! Bale stands over a freekick right on the edge of the box. His strike is a good one, but Oier sees it all the way and makes a wonderful diving save to his right!
Now Benzema tries his luck! The French striker had options inside the box, but he takes on the shot himself and draws the save from Oier at the near post. He might have done better.
Bale... turn and shot! That's better from Real Madrid, who fizz the pass into the feet of the Welsh winger. He turns and gets the shot away, but Oier gets down to make the save.
- OffMarco AsensioReal Madrid
- OnDani CeballosReal Madrid
Asensio comes off to be replaced by Ceballos as well. That's Lopetegui used all his subs.
- OffIscoReal Madrid
- OnKarim BenzemaReal Madrid
Here comes the full cavalry, with Benzema thrown on for the final 30 minutes. They need his goals.
Isco is starting to look rather weary. Of course, it's just 24 days since he underwent surgery. He hasn't played that much recently and that is beginning to show in his play.
There's just 30 minutes left to play and Real Madrid need three goals, at least. A draw won't be enough here. The critics were already piling up. The hosts need a victory here!
Morales was in behind! A good touch would have seen the Levante forward clean through on goal, but Isco (!) was the only one back and was on hand to make the tackle.
In case you missed the first goal...
Record has been broken! 55 minutes have been played, which means that Real Madrid are currently on their longest ever run without a goal - a full 465 minutes without finding the net.
The delivery from Isco was a dangerous one, with Ramos and Varane contesting to win the header, but Levante did well to hold their ground and make the clearances under pressure.
- Yellow cardErick CabacoLevante UD
Cabaco enters the book for pulling back Asensio on the edge of the penalty box.
Real Madrid are seeing plenty of the ball at the start of this second half, but Levante seem quite happy to let them have it. They are looking to plug the gaps and keep compact.
Modric effort tipped away! Isco's clever disguised pass from deep found the run of the Croatian in the box, but Oier got down well to make the diving save and deny Real a way back in.
You get the feeling that if Real Madrid are to stand any chance of mounting a comeback, they need a goal to lift the mood soon. They are camped on the edge of the Levante box.
It hasn't always been the case over the years, but the Santiago Bernabeu fans are really getting behind Bale here. They see him as Real Madrid's saviour in this second half.
While Bale's introduction off the bench might not have been surprising, who he replaced was. Odriozola was taken off, which means that Vazquez is now playing as a right back!
- OffÁlvaro OdriozolaReal Madrid
- OnGareth BaleReal Madrid
Lopetegui makes the expected change and on comes Bale for the start of the second half.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! Levante have a shock 2-0 lead over Real Madrid.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Real Madrid 0-2 Levante. It feels like Lopetegui's Real Madrid career is on the line. A big comeback is needed in the second half. Levante have been exceptional so far!
This has been a crazy first half at the Santiago Bernabeu! Real Madrid are giving it all they've got to find a goal before the break. Somehow, Levante still have their clean sheet.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO... NO! Levante think that they have scored a third on the break away, but the referee believes that Tono might have been offside when he played the pass across for the finish to be applied. VAR review is used to rule it out.
How didn't he score?! Vazquez looked certain to tuck the ball away at the back post, but Oier spread himself to make the save and somehow the Real Madrid winger fails to score!
A goal before the half time break would be huge for Real Madrid. It would give them a platform and would make the task of overhauling this deficit seem less daunting. Can they find one?
Not far away! Jason threads Morales down the line, he waits and then plays the ball back into Jason, but the pass was just ahead of his teammate and Real Madrid survive.
It's not much consolation given the scoreline at the moment, but Odriozola has played quite well in this first half. The young full back has been a constant outlet down the right side.
Will Lopetegui make any changes to his team at the half time interval? Will we see Bale for the second half? The Welshman has been rested with next week's Clasico in mind, but Real need him.
This is a big afternoon for Mariano, but so far the former Lyon striker has had very little in the way of service. Real Madrid's new number seven looks a little out of place in this side.
It must be said that Real Madrid look extremely potent from corner kicks. They have the height advantage on their opponents and that has seen them hit the woodwork twice in this first half.
Off the crossbar! This time it's Mariano who strikes the woodwork! His header comes off the bar and then Casemiro's header is clawed off the line by Oier in the Levante goal!
Real Madrid need Modric to take a grip of things in the centre of the pitch. That's been the surprising thing about this game so far - Levante haven't been overrun in terms of possession.
There aren't many in a white shirt playing well at the moment, but at least Vazquez is acting as a driving force. He's trying to get Real Madrid as high up the pitch as quickly as possible.
The pressing game from Levante in this first half has been very impressive. They haven't allowed Real Madrid to settle at all. But for how long will they be able to keep that up?
There's so much uncertainty between Varane and Courtois at the back. Ramos hasn't exactly been great either this afternoon. Morales is having the time of his life getting in behind.
Marcelo shoots! The angle was tight for the Brazilian full back, but he gets the shot away and forces the save from Oier, who had everything covered. Marcelo is basically playing as an attacker.
Lopetegui looks like a desperate man on the Santiago Bernabeu touchline. Will he even last as long as the Clasico next week? Pressure had already been building before this game!
This game has been absolutely bonkers. Real Madrid are giving it a real go, but after all the opportunities they have had, they have yet to find a way back into this match.
The offside decision explained...
Excellent save! Ramos must have thought he'd scoered! He powered a header towards the Levante goal from close range, but Oier threw up a hand to push the ball over his bar.
Vazquez toe poke! A good opportunity for the Real Madrid winger, but Oier gets down well to make the save with his feet. It was a toke poke! He didn't have time to properly control it.
Another Levante chance! That could have been a third goal for the visitors! Real Madrid are all over the place at the back, but this time, after another long ball, Courtois pounces on the loose ball.
Real Madrid thought that they were back in the game, but their hopes were dashed by an offside flag, which was missed in the initial replays. Levante are still two goals to the good.
GOAL HAS BEEN RULED OUT! Oh my goodness! The goal decision went to VAR and for some reason the officials have ruled it out! Was that for a push? Lopetegui is losing it on the touchline.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 1 (17 mins - Sergio Ramos) Levante 2. It's not clear who scored it, but Real Madrid are back in the game! Ramos' header smashed off the underside of the bar and may have crossed the line, but Asensio bundled it home from close range just to make sure! It's one of either Ramos or Asensio! Game on.
So is this a full-blown crisis for Real Madrid? 15 minutes into a must-win match and they are trailing 2-0. Now they have a job on their hands to salvage anything from this game.
- Goal by penaltyRogerLevante UD
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 0 Levante 2 (14 mins - Roger pen). Incredible! What is going on at Real Madrid at the moment? Roger steadies himself and finds the corner of Courtois' net, despite the fact that the Belgian goalkeeper went the right way? Levante are two goals to the good!
PENALTY KICK TO LEVANTE! The referee has awarded a spot kick after a long VAR review! Wow!
Gone to VAR! This could be a penalty to Levante! Varane has been penalised for a handball, but the referee has initially given a freekick. But now we're going to VAR and it could be a pen. Was it inside?
Morales was in again! This time it's Ramos who gets caught under the ball, with the Levante forward eventually crowded out on the edge of the box. The home fans are whistling!
Ramos! Then Asensio! Isco plays a freekick into the box from the left side, with Ramos getting on the end of it. His effort is blocked and then Asenio's effort is also blocked by a defender.
Real Madrid's recent form has been terrible, but nobody really believed that they would suffer problems against Levante this afternoon. And yet the same old problems remain!
Horrendous defensive play from Real Madrid. That was so easy for Levante. They just played a long ball forward and Courtois and Varane just allowed Morales to get in there.
- GoalJosé Luis MoralesLevante UD
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Real Madrid 0 Levante 1 (7 mins - Jose Luis Morales). Can you believe it? Levante have taken an early lead at the Santiago Bernabeu! Morales cuts through the soft centre of the Real Madrid defence, beats Varane to the ball and rounds Courtois, firing into the empty net! Wow, we have a game on our hands now!
Isco, who is now playing without his appendix, looks to be in lively mood early on this afternoon. Lopetegui wants the playmaker to get a key figure in his Real Madrid team.
Penalty claim! An early claim for a spot kick from Levante, with Morales going down under the challenge of Vazquez, but the flag was up on the far side for offside. Probably the right call.
Odriozola is in the Real Madrid team for this game. The youngster will get a run in the side over the coming weeks with Carvajal out of action through injury until November at least.
This is a game that will be played with one eye on next week's Clasico, but Real Madrid badly need a win ahead of that clash against Barcelona. Their recent form has been dreadful.
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Real Madrid against Levante in La Liga!
Here we go. About to get under way at the Santiago Bernabeu!
Will there be a tension at the Santiago Bernabeu this afternoon? Real Madrid need an early goal!
Marcelo and Isco are both back in the Real Madrid team for this game. They are lined up in the tunnel, ready to walk out.
Not long until kick off at the Santiago Bernabeu. This could be an interesting one, especially if Levante are able to hold Real Madrid until half time. Then things might get tense!
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the match to let me know your thoughts. Can Levante cause an upset? Or will Real Madrid get back to winning ways? Tweet me!
Formations! Looks like Real Madrid will be playing in their usual 4-3-3 shape, with Levante in a 3-5-2 formation. That's a formation that Real Madrid struggled with against Sevilla.
Under pressure! Real Madrid are without a win in their last four games. What's more, they have failed to score a single goal over that slump in form! They need a win here.
One eye on next week? Lopetegui has made a few interesting decisions for this match which suggests that he has one eye on next week's looming Clasico clash against Barcelona.
TEAM NEWS: Real Madrid - Courtois, Odriozola, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Isco, Vazquez, Mariano, Asensio. /// Levante - Oier, Cabaco, Postigo, Pier, Jason, Rochina, Bardhi, Campana, Tono, Morales, Roger.
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