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Real Madrid lose 2 points after home draw

Real Madrid lose 2 points after home draw”

Benzema looks set to miss Madrid's opening two Champions League ties at home to APOEL Nicosia on Wednesday and away at Borussia Dortmund, as well as La Liga clashes with Real Sociedad, Real Betis, Alaves and Espanyol.

The Brazilian worldwide kicked Levante player Jefferson Lerma while he lay on the floor, which left the referee with no other option but to send him off at the Santiago Bernabéu, this afternoon.

Madrid's control of possession did not let up but the end product in attack was becoming increasingly erratic, with Marco Asensio slicing wide after a good run and Dani Carvajal sending a cross from a promising position straight into Raul's gloves.

"We can't be happy, above all with our first half", Zidane said. "I am annoyed by the goal that they scored".

Bale then had a huge chance to turn the game around, but was denied by a smart stop from the Levante 'keeper as he tried to curl the ball home with the outside of his left foot.

"Following tests carried out on Karim Benzema at the Sanitas La Moraleja University Hospital, he has been diagnosed with a muscular injury in the semimembranosus [hamstring] of his right leg", the statement said.

But Lucas Vazquez equalised from close range after Sergio Ramos's header was saved by Raul Fernandez.

Zinedine Zidane was lauded for his ability to rotate last season, but a large part of that tactic succeeding was the fact that relatively experienced players like James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata were the players coming in.

Gareth Bale's touch let him down late in the first half when he broke free behind the defense, and Toni Kroos would have won the game in stoppage time had his curling shot found the net instead of the post.

It was Levante's first goal at the Bernabeu since April 2013 - on that day they would lose 5-1 having taken the lead. There were rumors that Bale was receptive of making a move to the Premier League as well, and that Manchester United were his favored destination.



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