Actual Madrid’s depressing season continued on Saturday with a 2-1 dwelling loss to Levante, a consequence that extends the membership’s winless streak to 5 video games and doubtlessly places first-year coach Julen Lopetegui’s job in jeopardy.
Actual’s horrible run of kind has already reached historic proportions. It set a membership report for futility in entrance of objective through the match, a run that prolonged 481 minutes till Brazilian defender Marcelo lastly scored within the second half.
That appeared to be the beginning of a Actual comeback. Whereas Levante completely deserved its 2-0 lead, courtesy of targets by Jose Luis Morales and Roger Marti inside the primary 13 minutes, and had possibilities to place the sport away with a 3rd, the house workforce put forth a livid second-half effort.
However Levante held on to win its first match at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in additional than a decade regardless of being dominated on the post-match stat sheet: Actual outshot the guests 34-6 and managed greater than 70 p.c of the possessions however couldn’t discover an equalizer, largely due to Levante keeper Oier Olazabal. Olazabal made 11 saves in all, none of them higher than his one-handed cease of a Gareth Bale free kick within the 72nd minute. The hosts additionally had an obvious objective nullified after video assessment and one other dominated offside.
Wanting on from the stands, membership president Florentino Perez clearly wasn’t impressed:
The loss drops Actual to 0-4-1 in its final 5 video games throughout all competitions, with no signal of its scoring woes ending quickly. It’s apparent that the membership desperately misses famous person striker Cristiano Ronaldo, who was offered to Italian titan Juventus over the summer season with out being adequately changed.
Lopetegui’s workforce will attempt to finish its droop when it travels to the Czech Republic to play Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday in UEFA Champions League motion earlier than resuming its La Liga schedule subsequent Sunday away to chief rival Barcelona.
It stays to be seen if Lopetegui remains to be in cost by then. If he his, one other league loss at Camp Nou would certainly seal his destiny.
Doug McIntyre covers soccer for Yahoo Sports activities. Comply with him on Twitter @ByDougMcIntyre.
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