Levante 1-2 Real Madrid
Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale scored disputed penalty goals awarded by VAR in their victory over Levante.
Karim Benzema scored the opening goal just before the break after Luka Modric’s cross hit the arms of Enis Bardhi
Roger Marti equalized on the hour mark, having hit the post twice in the first half.
The substitute Gareth Bale stepped up to restore Real Madrid’s lead after a second penalty was awarded for a foul on Casemiro by Cheick Doukoure.
Real’s defender Nacho was sent off late in the game for a second yellow.
Levante also got their midfielder Ruben Rochina dismissed from the bench two minutes before stoppage time after protesting referee’s decision.
He picked up a booking before he got subbed-off 60th minute, the second booking and a red was issued to him on bench.
The result moves Real to nine points behind the leaders Barcelona as they head into two consecutive Clasicos:
A Copa del Rey second leg in Madrid on Wednesday, the first leg at Camp Nou ended in a 1-1 draw.
Then Real Madrid host Barcelona again on Saturday in a La Liga tie.
Levante fans felt a real sense of injustice as their side, who drop to 13th in La Liga, lost after a commendable performance and whistled the referee at every opportunity.