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2018-2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Marcelo (72')
  • José Luis Morales (6')
  • Roger Martí (13' PEN)

Real Madrid avoid setting new goal-drought record in home defeat to Levante

Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos gets tangled up with several players during the match against Levante Getty

Real Madrid narrowly avoided setting a new club-record goal drought as they fell to their fourth defeat in five games with a 2-1 loss to Levante at the Bernabeu.

Head coach Julen Lopetegui went into the match with plenty of speculation over his position, and his team were 2-0 down within the first quarter-hour courtesy of Jose Luis Morales' strike and a penalty from Roger Marti.

Marcelo's strike with 20 minutes remaining kept Madrid's hopes of a recovery alive, and ended the club's run without a goal in all competitions at 480 minutes. It had been reported that this surpassed a previous record barren run of 464 minutes, set in 1985. However, that run of 23 years ago extended to 495 minutes, and remains the longest in Madrid's 116-year history.

Before Marcelo struck, Real's last goal in any competition had come in a 1-0 victory against Espanyol on Sept. 22, with them failing to score in their following games with Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Alaves.

Karim Benzema then hit the post with an effort from range after coming on as a second-half substitute.

However, the European champions could not rally to rescue a result and confirmed they will finish the weekend behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the table however their rivals get on.