The pressure is growing on Julen Lopetegui as Real Madrid plunged to their third defeat in a row, albeit only narrowly so as Levante recorded a 2-1 win at the Bernabeu.

The match started in the worst possible fashion for Julen Lopetegui’s men as Jose Luis Morales pounced on an error by Raphael Varane in the seventh minute. Levante were soon two to the good, with Varane being the guilty party once again, as the Frenchman was penalised for handling the ball inside the Real Madrid box.

Roger Marti took the resulting penalty, making no error in converting from the spot and beating Thibaut Courtois. Thereafter, Real Madrid dominated the proceedings, only to see luck deserting them miserably as a number of chances went abegging. To add to their frustrations, the woodwork came between them and goal a number of times.

But, the hosts had a glimmer of hope heading into the final quarter of the game as Marcelo ended Real Madrid’s long wait for a goal by unleashing a spectacular long-range goal. But, an equaliser never came as the pressure continued to pile on a frustrated Julen Lopetegui.

Real Madrid fans also subjected Raphael Varane to their ire, as his twin goals led to the disastrous loss.

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