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Benzema, Courtois and VAR blamed in Madrid defeat

Fans single out Courtois, Benzema and VAR for blame as Levantus stuns Real Madrid

February 22, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Los Blancos were denied the opportunity to seal vital three points at the Cuitat de Valencia in Saturday's La Liga outing.

Karim Benzema, Thibaut Courtios and the Video Assistant Referee have all been subjected to criticism for their inefficiency in Real Madrid's defeat to Levante on Saturday. A lone-goal by Jose Luis Morales was enough to condemn Zinedine Zidane side to its first La Liga loss since October, a result that has seen the them lose the top-spot position to rivals Barcelona.

In an intense game in which chances were aplenty, Real Madrid uncharacteristically misfired and was made to pay the ultimate price at the end. With barely 10 minutes for proceedings to conclude, Levante striker Luis Morales bagged a surprise victory for the hosts with a sensational first-time shot from a tight angle to beat Thibaut Courtois at the near post.

In essence, the night's result saw the Merengues extend their poor run of form as they have now lost to Levante, drawn to Celta Vigo, and been knocked out of the Copa by Real Sociedad in the past two weeks. With Barcelona securing a 5-0 win over Eibar earlier in the day, the Catalans have now assumed a two-point lead atop the league table a week before El Clasico.

Meanwhile, Karim Benzema and his teammate Thibaut have not been spared in what was an atypical display from Zinedine Zidane's side. Similarly, VAR was ascribed a fair share of blame after apparently failing to award two penalties in favor of the visitors. Below are a few reactions from fans:

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