Real Madrid set a club-record goal drought as they fell to their fourth defeat in five games with a 2-1 defeat to Levante at the Bernabeu.
Head coach Julen Lopetegui went into the match with plenty of speculation over his position, and his team were 2-0 down within the first quarter of an hour courtesy of Jose Luis Morales’ srike and a penalty from Roger Marti.
Marcelo’s strike with 20 minutes remaining kept Madrid’s hopes of a recovery alive, and confirmed the club’s longest run without a goal in all competitions in their 116-year history at 481 minutes — surpassing the previous record barren run of 464 minutes set in 1985.
Before Marcelo struck, Real’s last goal in any competition had come in a 1-0 win against Espanyol on Sept. 22, with them failing to score in their following games with Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, CSKA Moscow and Alaves.
Karim Benzema then hit the post with an effort from range after coming on as a second-half substitute.
However, the European champions could not rally to rescue a result and confirmed they will finish the weekend behind Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in the table however their rivals get on.