Our game of the week takes a look at 17th placed Levante’s surprise 2-2 draw at home to the Galacticos of Real Madrid, a fixture that saw last gasp goals and opportunities aplenty at Estadi Ciutat de València.
Real Madrid took an early lead in the match as Oier’s failure to deal with a seemingly tame Sergio Ramos header – a goal that saw him reach 25 points for the season – appeared to indicate that Madrid might be on to a third consecutive league win as they sort to turn around the disappointing form that has plagued their season.
Any thoughts that this might prove to be a walk in the park were soon put to bed, however, as Emmanuel Boateng pulled a goal back for the hosts just before the break – finishing a break away move after Navas saved an initial attempt from Jose Luis Morales.
The likes of Ronaldo and Benzema failed to make the most of some positive second half opportunities before Isco finally pulled the visitors ahead in the 81st minute – burying from twelve yards out after a scrappy build-up in which Levante failed to clear their lines.
The visitors’ hard earned second lead of the match was short lived.
With just moments remaining on the clock, Pazzini out-raced Carvajal to leap onto a through ball and bury it past Keylor Navas and secure his fifth goal of the season and an unlikely point for the side sat in 17th place.
The Costa Rican will be disappointed to have not stopped the shot, having gotten a strong hand to the effort – an error that is perhaps emblematic of him only earning 17 points and four clean sheets this season.
Despite having 72% of possession and recording 23 efforts on goal, last season’s champions were unable to turn such dominance into a victory – a factor that has raised significant concerns for manager Zinedine Zidane.
Speaking candidly post-match, the Frenchman commented: “This year for us is a complicated year because we haven’t put six good results together in a row.
“We are disgusted with the result and the performance of the team.
“The game was controlled, doing the most difficult things, but we didn’t know how to score. Then there are two errors we make in the two goals.”
Having dropped points to relegation candidates, Los Blancos will be feeling a sense of fortune that their nearest rivals Villarreal and Valencia both also failed to win.
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