Zinedine Zidane makes a surprising admission after a frustating draw against Levante

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Real Madrid are now fourth in La Liga and will face PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League next week.

"We controlled the game, especially the first half, but then after we scored the second goal, which was the most hard, we were not able to avoid an equaliser", Zidane said at a post-match press conference. But, the manager has included both Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane in the 19-man squad for the trip to Levante, which will be a huge boost to Real Madrid and their chances to come out of the match with all three points.

"If you think you can just turn up against PSG, you are wrong".

With the match poised at 2-1 after Madrid put themselves ahead, courtesy of an Isco goal, Zidane made the tactical decision to bring off the Portuguese attacker for Marco Asensio, a decision that did not sit well with the five-time Ballon d'Or victor. We can not put three or four results together. "After the second goal all we had to do was keep possession and we weren't sharp defensively".

"Yes, Real Madrid are favourites, but you have to always have respect for PSG and remember that in football, the favourites don't always win".

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Fabian Orellana led Eibar with two goals.

"I am the first one to show my face [in the media]", he said when asked about his own angry on-pitch reaction while Levante celebrated their second equaliser.

"We will continue fighting to stay as high as possible".

His goalscoring collection includes two in Champions League finals, both against rivals Atlético Madrid in 2014 and 2016 respectively. "But we could avoid their second goal".

The visitors played the best part of an hour with only 10 men after Daniele Bonera was sent off following a rash tackle on Ruben Castro with 31 minutes gone.

Alaves dealt Celta Vigo its first loss in six rounds after it scored twice early to win 2-1 at home. Levante are 16th in the La Liga table, two points above the relegation zone. Iago Aspas netted his 15th goal of the campaign in injury time, but it was too late for Celta to salvage a point.