Real Madrid draws against Levante 1-1

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Ivi Lopez scored Levante's goal in the 12th minute when he finished from close range, poking the ball beyond the reach of Madrid keeper Iker Cassila who rushed off his line.

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"He has since clarified he is happy at Real Madrid, he loves the club, and will play for us in the Champions League on Wednesday - he is very excited to start".

Ronaldo is now serving his ban and has one more game to go before he could be back with the team.

Real Madrid are by no means finished, but they have been given a wake-up call - loud and clear.

Madrid's lack of striking options is now being exposed, with the club having opted against bringing in a replacement for Alvaro Morata this summer after offloading the Spain global to Chelsea for £70 million.

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The draw against Levante today means that Zidane's side have recorded back to back home draws in the league - not exactly the best start for Los Blancos.

Boss Zinedine Zidane may also decide to use Gareth Bale further forward, while Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez are other options in Benzema's absence. "With the chances we created, we must be more effective".

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.

The Spanish football association chose to uphold the five match ban given to Ronaldo, such that he has already missed games against Barcelona in the return leg, Deportivo, Valencia and Levante.

This wasn't the only controversial red card on Saturday.

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