Ancelotti bemoans missed opportunity

23 August 2021 20:00:27 GMTPlus11
Ancelotti rues dropped points.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says his side let themselves down on Sunday as they threw away the lead on two occasions before drawing 3-3 against Levante.

Wales international Gareth Bale scored his first La Liga goal since 2019 inside five minutes, but it was not enough as Ancelotti's side missed the chance to go top of the table. Real are 10/11 to win the title this season, while defending champions Atletico Madrid are 5/2 to retain their crown.

Bale converted Karim Benzema's pass, but Levante made a flying start to the second half, with Roger Marti levelling matters after 28 seconds.

Levante then took the lead through Jose Campana, only to see Real Madrid's Vinicius Jr level matters. With their fans cheering them on, Levante reclaimed the lead when Rober Pier found the back of the net with 11 minutes remaining, but Vinicius scored his second of the night with five minutes left.

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Ancelotti rues dropped points

There was still time for more drama as Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez was sent off after handling the ball outside his area, meaning defender Ruben Vezo went in goal for the final few minutes.

Ancelotti says his side let their guard down, and he has warned his team they need to learn their lessons.

He told Marca: "It was crazy, after controlling the first half well. We have given away two points after a very good first half. It's hard to explain; we had to go out looking for any details. We leave with a bad taste in our mouths. We have to be more attentive.

"The first half was very good. In the second, we did not enter with a good attitude. It was not a good response."

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