Real Madrid held by Levante as Marcelo sees red

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Real Madrid paid for the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and a series of missed chances by Gareth Bale as they were held 1-1 at home by Levante on Saturday.

A slow start by a much-changed Real team was punished when Ivi Lopez fired newly-promoted Levante into a shock lead after just 12 minutes.

The European champions responded thanks to Lucas Vazquez’s equaliser before half-time, but failed to break Levante’s resistence despite incessant pressure in the second-half.

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And their frustration boiled over when Marcelo was shown a straight red card for kicking out at Jefferson Lerma as the game entered stoppage time.

With an unusually early 1300 (1100GMT) kick-off time for Real on the back of an international break, Zinedine Zidane left many of those who had been away with their national teams in reserve.

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