Real Madrid dropped crucial points away at Levante in a seesaw game as they drew 3-3 at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia in La Liga Matchday 2. Real were hoping to continue their 100% record in the league this season following a comprehensive 4-1 victory away at Alavés. Paco López’s Levante also wanted to end their 9-game winless drought in the League.
Surprisingly, Levante was the stronger side at the start, winning a corner and a shot just wide of Thibaut Courtois’ post. But eventually, it was Real Madrid who scored the opening goal in the 5th Minute, Benzema burst down the left flank and then passed the ball to Gareth Bale who lashed it past Aitor Fernández.
Even though Madrid had the early lead, Levante still had the zip early on in the game. It was after the half-hour mark when Madrid started gaining a foothold in the game. Half-time ended with Levante 0-1 Real Madrid, courtesy of a Gareth Bale opener.
However, Levante pulled things level and equalized within seconds of kick-off, Gonzalo Melero taps Marti’s pass past Thibaut Courtois, who eventually made the save but couldn’t stop the ball to roll agonizingly over the line making it 1-1 in the 46th Minute.
Minutes later, in the 57th Minute, Levante came from behind and took the lead through an unmarked José Campaña stunning right-footed volley right into the top left corner which was too hard and fast for Courtois, who could do nothing about it.
In the 73rd Minute, Vinícius Jr. who came off the bench a few minutes ago raced through on goal to roll Casemiro’s through ball past Fernández into the bottom corner to equalize for Real Madrid whilst Levante’s defense had gone to sleep. 6 minutes later, Róber Pier blundered Bardi’s freekick home from point-blank range. And Levante had their lead back.
But it was far from over as Real Madrid wasn’t going home with an empty bag. Vinícius Jr. scored again from a tight angle, sneaking in a chip shot that went in after hitting the underside of the post, off a Benzema pass whilst running towards the byline to equalize the score for the second time and breaking the hearts of the Valencia team for one final time.
Adding more salt into the wound, Levante’s goalkeeper Fernández is sent off for handling the ball outside the box, who came rushing to sweep out a through ball, ending up handling it whilst doing so In the 87th Minute. It seemed accidental but that’s a clear red card any day. bringing the home side down to 10 men plus putting that extra pressure of conceding at the death in the final minutes of the game.
Real Madrid will be gutted for not being able to take those 3 crucial points home while going into halftime with a lead, Real would’ve gone on top of the table with a win but for now, unfortunately, will have to sit below their neighbours Atletico Madrid. A fearless Levante punished them hard and put them in their place and showed them that they are not just any team, a lesson for Real Madrid for the remainder of the season.