Marcelo suspended for two matches after Levante red

Real Madrid defender Marcelo will miss two matches after receiving a red card against Levante, the Spanish Football Federation have confirmed.

The Brazilian was dismissed for kicking out in Saturday’s early kick off and will now miss the upcoming trip to Real Sociedad, plus the home clash with Real Betis, joining Cristiano Ronaldo through suspension.

Madrid’s vice captain will feature for the side against APOEL in the Champions League on Wednesday evening.

Theo Hernandez, who signed from cross city rivals Atletico Madrid – is expected to replace the full-back.

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.

However, 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.

Madrid have now failed to win their first two matches at home for the first time since 1995.

Source: La Liga News