Just like the story of David and Goliath, Real Madrid had to lose over a second-tier club , Levante in the third match day. The defeated was the first this season for Jose Mourinho’s squad.
This result is quite shocking, since Real Madrid join other top European clubs that also face a defeat, such as Chelsea, AC Milan, and Liverpool.
Playing in away match without their playmakers, Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Oezil, Real Madrid appeared less aggressive. Karim Benzema, as a single striker was shortage of ball supplies. While Kaka and Angel di Maria, were unable to perform optimally.
Real Madrid even had to play with 10 men after Sami Khedira was sent off for receiving his second yellow card at the end of first half. The score was still 0-0 until the break.
In the second half, Mourinho made several changes. Benzema was replaced by Cristiano Ronaldo, while Kaka got substitute for Higuain. However, the changes showed no difference.
Levante was finally able to take advantage on Real Madrid’s 10 men, when in minute 68, Arouna Koune broke the first goal. The goal has forced Mourinho to pull off Marcelo, and played Mesut Oezil.
Unfortunately, nothing that Mourinho did can save the team from losing. Oezil presence failed to help the team’s performance. Until the end of the match, still no goal for Real Madrid side. It was 1-0 for Levante’s victory.
With this results, Real Madrid slipped to the fifth place in La Liga standings, with 6 points, while Barcelona rise to the third place after their 8-0 outstanding victory over Osasuna.