Real Madrid came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 against Sevilla, with Karim Benzema’s stoppage-time winner putting them one step closer to claiming the title.
Sevilla appeared to be reviving LaLiga’s title fight, but Carlo Ancelotti’s team put in a ruthless second-half display to make a strong statement.
Madrid looked lethargic, maybe suffering from a Champions League hangover, and found themselves down to goals from Ivan Rakitic and Erik Lamela, both of which were the result of defensive blunders.
After the half, the pattern of play was suddenly flipped on its head, with Rodrygo bringing one back and Nacho Fernandez equalizing, before Benzema, the king of comebacks, clinched the victory.
Sevilla’s good start paid off in the 21st minute, when Rakitic’s free-kick flew straight past Madrid’s flimsy wall and into the net.
After Jesus Corona sneaked in behind Eder Militao and squared the ball before Thibaut Courtois could pounce, Sevilla doubled their lead four minutes later, with Lamela tucking into an empty net.
Eduardo Camavinga survived a second caution for a flagrant foul from behind on Anthony Martial, who had to be withdrawn due to injury, and was replaced at halftime by Rodrygo, who was crucial almost immediately when he turned in Dani Carvajal’s low cross to halve the lead.
With 16 minutes remaining, Vinicius felt he had restored parity with a goal, but it was ruled out for an apparent handball, a judgment referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez upheld after consulting VAR.
But Madrid were far from finished, as Nacho slammed home a Carvajal cutback to set up superstar Benzema for the winner, who showed incredible composure before picking his position following excellent work by Rodrygo.
Source: livescore news