It’s a record breaking 40 games unbeaten for Zinedine Zidane’s Galacticos who sit two points clear at the top of La Liga, with two games in hand. They traveled to a Sevilla side who have been impressive this season and have won their last three league games, a win tonight would take them above Barcelona and into second place.
This was a crucial game at the top of the table that could shape both teams’ ambitions for the season, but Real Madrid would be wary, having been held to a 3-3 draw by tonight’s opponents in midweek.
There was an early chance for the away side as Luka Modric performed a wonderful spin to beat his marker and then charged into the Sevilla penalty box only to fire his cross above the arriving Real Madrid forwards.
The home team had another rare opportunity when Nasri raced forward and after exchanging passes with Vitolo, had his fierce shot well saved by Keylor Navas.
There was not many chances for either side during the first half, but their defensive performances certainly held merit, and Real Madrid would have been left wondering how they could push on, and tighten their grip on top spot in La Liga at the interval.
Sevilla started the second half well, and after a corner routine the ball found its way to Vazquez at the far post, the Italian’s powerful shot had to be tipped over by Navas.
But it was Real Madrid who had the chance to open the scoring after an industrious run by Carvajal who was then cynically cut down in the box by Rico to earn a penalty. Ronaldo took the spot kick in the 65th minute and sent the keeper the wrong way to break the deadlock.
Jorge Sampaoli’s side managed to get back on level terms on 84 minutes from a Pablo Sarabia set piece. The Spaniard whipped in a wonderful cross and it was Sergio Ramos who shockingly fired a header past his own keeper to draw the home side level.
Sevilla were in dreamland after 92 minutes when Stevan Jovetic picked up the ball 25 yards after and curled a magnificent effort past Navas to send the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan into absolute delirium.
This superb win for Sevilla sees them climb to second in La Liga, whilst Real Madrid stay one point clear of tonight’s opponents with a game in hand, but with their unbeaten run now over, the title race is certainly open.