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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 15 November 2018

Real Madrid suffer worst goal drought in their history as they lose to Levante

Lopetegui's men beaten 2-1 by Levante as run without a goal, which lasted 482 minutes, ends with consolation effort from Marcelo

Real Madrid's Brazilian defender Marcelo sums up his side's emotions. AFP
Real Madrid's Brazilian defender Marcelo sums up his side's emotions. AFP

Real Madrid set the unwanted record of the longest goal drought in the club's history on Saturday as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Levante to heap further pressure on manager Julen Lopetegui.

Madrid's previous longest drought was in 1985 when the Spanish league giants went 464 minutes without scoring.

Madrid kicked off at the Santiago Bernabeu, having gone 409 minutes without finding the net and as they still trailed Levante 2-0 in the 56th minute, their fruitless streak had extended to more than seven hours, at 465 minutes.

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They did score through Marcelo in the 72nd minute to end the drought at 482 minutes, but the damage had been done already as they conceded two early goals.

The last Madrid goal came against Espanyol on September 22, scored by Marco Asensio, before Lopetegui's struggling side drew blanks against Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Alaves.

Lopetegui took charge in the summer after being sacked by Spain on the eve of the World Cup but pressure on the 52-year-old is mounting.

After Levante, who scored twice through Jose Luis Morales and Roger Marti's penalty went on to win the game, Madrid play Viktoria Plzen in the Uefa Champions League on Tuesday and then Barcelona in La Liga next Sunday.