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2-1: Madrid see victory slip away in the closing stages


REPORT | 15/01/2017 | Alberto Navarro (Sevilla) | PHOTOGRAPHER: Ángel Martínez

Cristiano Ronaldo put the league leaders in front before they conceded two late goals at the Sánchez Pizjuán.
  • La Liga
  • Matchday 18
  • Sun, 15 Jan
Sánchez Pizjuán
Real Madrid saw victory escape them in the closing stages at the Sánchez Pizjuán, in a game that proved tactical in the first half before opening up in the second. This time, the final minutes were to prove damaging for the league leaders, who having gone in front, conceded once in the 85th minute before going behind in injury time. The first half finished goalless, with very few real opportunities of note. The best chance fell at the feet of Cristiano Ronaldo on 27 minutes, but Sergio Rico smothered the ball in a one-on-one with the Portuguese man off balance. Nasri also threatened eight minutes later, but his left-footed strike from the edge of the area ended up in the gloves of Keylor Navas.   

The second half started as a far more open affair, and Marcelo carved out the first decent chance, but his curling shot in the 52nd flew inches wide of the post. This sprung Sevilla into life and two minutes later they had a good chance to open the scoring, but Keylor saved brilliantly in a one-on-one with Ben Yedder. Only another couple of minutes passed before Madrid once again threatened in the opposition box, and it was Cristiano Ronaldo who got a shot off from inside the six-yard box following a series of ricochets, but Sergio Rico held firm to clear with his feet.


As the clocked ticked down, Real Madrid continued to pour forward in search of a goal. A fine team move saw the ball played across to Dani Carvajal, who sent in a cross that nobody was able to get on the end off. However, following a series of ricochets, the ball fell to the feet of Karim Benzema, who contrived to send his effort high over the bar. It looked increasingly as if it would only be a matter of time before the visitors made the breakthrough, and it duly materialised on 65'. A fine piece of play from Carvajal, which brought memories of his winner in the UEFA Super Cup flooding back, saw him burst into the box, before being felled by Sergio Rico. Cristiano Ronaldo made no mistake from the subsequent spot-kick to put the Whites into the driving seat.

Nail-biting finish
It looked very much as if the league leaders were set to claim another three points, but Sevilla pushed hard in the final minutes and restored parity on 85'. Pablo Sarabia swung across a free-kick from the right flank, and in his efforts to clear the danger, Sergio Ramos sent the ball into his own net. In injury time, the Andalusians went on to secure the spoils courtesy of Stevan Jovetic's slotted finish from the edge of the area. Attentions in the Madrid camp now turn to their Copa del Rey quarter-final first-leg clash against Celta.