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Lucas Vazquez refuses to talk about referee after 1-1 Levante draw

Real Madrid forward Lucas Vazquez has refused to discuss the sending off of Marcelo in Real Madrid’s 1-1 draw with Levante on Saturday afternoon.

 

Having failed to beat Valencia prior to the international break, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane knew his side had to beat Levante on Saturday to keep up with Barcelona, who look favourites to make it three wins out of three against Espanyol later in the evening.

 

A poor start to the game against the Valencian based side saw Ivi open the scoring, spinning past Dani Carvajal before slotting past Keylor Navas.

The game was largely dominated by Madrid but with very few chances and Zidane’s early misery was compounded further as Karim Benzema was forced off with injury, being replaced by Welsh winger Gareth Bale.

Madrid did level through the lively Lucas Vazquez, who tapped home following Sergio Ramos’ saved effort from Raul Fernandez.

“Another draw? It’s something we didn’t want, but we can only learn from our mistakes and move forward,” the winger said to reporters after the game.

“Mistakes? We didn’t have that final ball to create chances, Levante defended very well.”

Marcelo was sent off in the final moments for kicking out at Jefferson Lima in a result that sees Madrid fail to win their first two matches at home for the first time since 1995.

“Referees? I don’t like to talk about them. The fans can make their own minds up because they can see things from the outside,” Vazquez said when asked about the sending off.

One added bonus for Zidane is the return of Cristiano Ronaldo next week after serving the last of his suspension this week and the winger touched on the importance of his return.

“Missing a striker? Another player who can play there is Cristiano, he’s already missed four games and that’s too much.”

 

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