30 Jan Crimson-carded Militao 3/10, Odriozola 5/10 as Madrid undergo title setback vs. Levante
Eder Militao was despatched off early as 10-man Actual Madrid had been overwhelmed 2-1 by Levante on Saturday in one other blow to their hopes of retaining the La Liga title.
Militao was red-carded with simply 9 minutes performed for bringing down striker Sergio Leon when in on aim. Shortly afterwards, Marco Asensio gave Madrid the lead on the counter-attack, slotting previous keeper Aitor Fernandez after being performed in by Toni Kroos.
Levante equalised with half an hour performed, Jose Luis Morales firing a first-time volley previous Thibaut Courtois, and after half-time the guests missed the possibility to go forward when Courtois brilliantly saved Roger Marti’s penalty.
Marti made up for that miss on 78 minutes, ending off a well-worked brief nook routine, as Madrid misplaced their first La Liga sport since November.
Madrid had responded nicely to the back-to-back cup disappointments with their 4-1 win at Alaves final weekend and regarded like taking one other victory right here when Asensio opened the scoring. It was a particular aim, particularly beneath the circumstances following the pink card, made by the excellent imaginative and prescient and strategy of Kroos.
That lead did not final, although, and in reality, it was solely Courtois who saved the team within the sport for for much longer than their efficiency deserved. The goalkeeper’s show was certainly one of few positives on a irritating afternoon.
Madrid’s makeshift defence was all the time going to be examined by a harmful Levante, a team with only one loss in 11 matches in all competitions, boasting two of La Liga’s high 10 aim scorers in Morales and Marti.
Neither the hapless Eder Militao nor the ineffectual Alvaro Odriozola have ever regarded like critical candidates to turn into regulars within the beginning XI. Right here, Militao departed early, and Odriozola regarded a legal responsibility all through.
The end result leaves Madrid seven factors behind league leaders Atletico, who’ve two video games in hand, they usually must put collectively a really extraordinary run of type in what’s left of the season to overhaul their metropolis rivals.
Supervisor score out of 10
5 — With Zinedine Zidane nonetheless absent with COVID-19, assistant David Bettoni had simply 16 first-team gamers to select from right here, with specific issues in defence with Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez and Nacho all lacking. That meant taking part in Odriozola — very a lot a final resort at right-back — and Militao, whereas the remainder of the team picked itself. With the sport within the stability at 1-1, an early change noticed Vinicius Junior launched for Eden Hazard, and promptly concede a penalty. There was no late rally or surge of Madrid assaults as the sport drew to a detailed, with a scarcity of game-changers on the bench.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = greatest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no score)
GK Thibaut Courtois, 8 — Made a vital penalty save within the second half, which adopted a extremely sensible first-half double cease from Roger Marti. Could not get close to Morales’ sweetly struck equaliser in between.
DF Alvaro Odriozola, 5 — Simply his second league begin this season. Left Morales alone in house for the equaliser, though he wasn’t the one responsible get together there. An alarming, ongoing decline from a high prospect three years in the past to a digital bystander now.
DF Raphael Varane, 6 — The defensive chief within the absence of Ramos, and much more so after Militao was despatched off. Raced to assist cowl there, getting again right into a place that some will argue meant the pink card ought to have been yellow.
DF Eder Militao, 3 — Adopted an encouraging show in opposition to Alaves with a really early tub right here. His pink card for a slipshod problem was Actual Madrid’s quickest ever for an outfield participant in La Liga.
DF Ferland Mendy, 6 — Fortunate to flee punishment for a problem on Gonzalo Melero within the build-up to Madrid’s opening aim. Carelessly gave the ball away halfway by way of the primary half to place his team in bother.
MF Casemiro, 6 — Dropped to centre-back to associate Varane after Militao’s sending off, a task he is completely able to taking part in nicely. Shared among the blame for Morales’ aim, although.
MF Toni Kroos, 7 — A stunning help for Asensio’s aim, taking part in the ahead in on aim with one of many passes of the season. That is three assists within the final two video games for the German.
MF Luka Modric, 6 — One unbelievable second-half go for Asensio with the surface of his boot. In any other case, a bit of quieter than common.
FW Eden Hazard, 6 — Has began 4 of the final 5 video games. Has making progress currently, though there have been false dawns earlier than. Subbed off earlier than an hour had been performed.
FW Marco Asensio, 7 — Scored the opener, exhibiting nice composure to complete after operating half the size of the pitch. Had an opportunity to seize a second when he introduced down an extended ball excessive with a stunning first contact.
FW Karim Benzema, 6 — Surprisingly quiet after his brace in opposition to Alaves final weekend. His substitution with the team behind and determined for a aim was a shock.
FW Vinicius Junior, 5 — Changed Hazard and his first transfer was to present away a penalty for a foul on Carlos Clerc proper on the sting of the field.
FW Mariano Diaz, N/R — Got here on for Benzema at 2-1 down and did not make an influence. The one centre-forward various within the squad now after Luka Jovic’s mortgage departure.
MF Sergio Arribas, N/R — Performed the final 10 minutes and could not assist the team get again into the sport.