Real Madrid fall to second after shock loss at Levante

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Real Madrid fall to second after shock loss at Levante

Real Madrid dropped to second place in La Liga after a 1-0 defeat at 10th-placed Levante on Saturday. The result puts the Bernabeu side, who entered the day with a point cushion atop the table, two points behind new leaders Barcelona who won 5-0 earlier in the day. With Eden Hazard making consecutive starts for the first time since November, Real were unlucky not to convert a pair of gilt-edged chances in the first half. Hazard flubbed his lines after a Marcelo through ball played him behind the Levante back line in the 53rd minute — his mis-hit left-footed shot tumbling tamely at Aitor Fernandez in goal. Zinedine Zidane brought on the youthful Vinicius Junior for a hobbling Hazard in the 67th minute, but it was Levante who scored the breakthrough on 79 minutes, with Jose Luis Morales sensationally beating Thibaut Courtois with a sweetly hit left-footed shot from a difficult angle outside of the box.