La Liga: Real Madrid draws against Levante 1-1

Levante’s Pedro Lopez in action with Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale during their La Liga encounter.

Real Madrid’s stuttering start to their La Liga defence continued, coming from behind to draw against Levante.

The visitors took a shock lead through Ivi, who spun past Dani Carvajal in the area before slotting home.

But Lucas Vazquez equalised from close range after Sergio Ramos’s header was saved by Raul Fernandez.

Marcelo was dismissed for kicking out at Jefferson Lerma and Toni Kroos could have won it for Real in injury-time but curled a shot a against the post.

Minutes earlier, Brazilian full-back Marcelo had struck an effort at goal which Raul brilliantly saved, but lashed out at Lerma after a challenge by the Levante player and was dismissed.

Zinedine Zidane’s side needed two Marco Asensio goals to salvage a draw against Valencia in their last league game, but the team’s new star could not provide a finishing touch this time.

The first round of Champions League group games take place this coming week, with holders Real taking on Apoel Nicosia on Wednesday.

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