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Madrid suffer fourth defeat, set bad record

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Real Madrid suffered their fourth loss in five games and set an unwanted record with a defeat by Levante at the Bernabeu, BBC Sport reports.

 

The result put further pressure on coach Julen Lopetegui, whose side remain fifth in La Liga, three points behind leaders Alaves and a point behind Barcelona, who have yet to play.

 

“Right now that is the last thing that I’m thinking about,” said Lopetegui when asked if he was worried about losing his job.

 

“I feel more encouraged than ever to continue because the team gave their heart and soul on the pitch. Sooner or later we will come out of this.

 

“The dressing room was sad but the players are keen to lift themselves up and look to the next game. The players gave everything and we will get out of this situation.”

 

Lopetegui’s side were stung twice inside 13 minutes when first Jose Luis Morales and then Roger Marti, from the spot, scored.

 

Real produced several great chances, with the woodwork and great saves from Oier Olazabal coming to the rescue for the visitors.

 

The final line of defence was finally breached in the 72nd minute when Marcelo fired a rocket past the Levante stopper – that ended a run of 482 minutes of scoring, although it came 17 minutes too late to prevent them from breaking the mark set back in 1985.

 

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno backed coach Lopetegui in the lead-up to the match, but with an important game in the Champions League coming up and El Clasico next weekend, there could be renewed pressure.

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