Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid: La Liga – as it happened

Sevilla shattered Real Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten run with a dramatic late comeback, a Sergio Ramos own goal and Stevan Jovetic’s injury-time winner moving them to within a point of the league leaders

Phew. That was quite the finale. Real Madrid’s players look totally shattered; with five minutes to go, leading through Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty, they would have felt disappointed with a draw, never mind lose for the first time since April.

That they did is testament to Jorge Sampaoli throwing caution to the wind, bringing on Sanabria, whose cross coaxed Ramos into an own goal, and Jovetic, who fired a seismic stoppage-time winner. Real still have a game in hand, but they’re just a point above Sevilla, and two above Barcelona. Everything’s changed. Thanks for joining me. Bye!


Full time! Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid

That’s it! Sevilla end Real Madrid’s unbeaten run, and reignite the title race, with a thrilling comeback from a goal down in the last five minutes!


GOAL!!!! Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid (Jovetic)

Real Madrid’s unbeaten run is done, over, history, finito – and it’s Stevan Jovetic who gets the goal, curling a shot from the edge of the area. Navas, who’s out of position, gets a hand on it, but can only paw it into the corner!


90 mins: Sarabia floats the ball beyond the Real defence... and straight through to Navas. Three added minutes to come.

89 mins: Vietto is on for Sevilla, in place of Ben Yedder. Ronaldo is penalised for handball, in a similar position to Marcelo’s foul a few moments ago...

88 mins: Real Madrid break at speed, but Pareja does very well to step across Ronaldo, forcing him into a half-hearted tumble on the edge of the box.

87 mins: Ramos to the rescue again, cutting out Vitolo’s cut back after he had skipped away from Casemiro. He’ll attract all the headlines, of course, but what of Marcelo’s needless foul to give away the free kick?

86 mins: Real Madrid are reeling, and Jovetic forces Ramos into a desperate clearance with a shot from the left. He and Sarabia have really tested the visiting defence since coming on.


GOAL! Sevilla 1-1 Real Madrid (Ramos)

This is how the home fans dreamt it. Sarabia’s wicked free kick causes chaos, and Ramos puts the ball into his own net!

83 mins: Sevilla now camped in the Real Madrid half, before Mariano is hacked mercilessly by Marcelo. He’s booked, and Sevilla have a chance from a set piece...

81 mins: Nasri is booked for a late clip on Casemiro’s ankle. The Brazilian has been as impressive as anyone in what’s been a fairly attritional game.

80 mins: Ronaldo has Rami one-on-one, and goes by him care of a brutal nutmeg. He looks free and clear, but Nzonzi does brilliantly to race back and win the ball cleanly.

79 mins: Sevilla have resorted to wanging the ball towards their massed attackers, with Navas forced to charge out and clear akwardly.

“What sort of mental gymnastics are necessary in order to allow human beings to argue with that penalty call?” asks an exasperated JR in Illinois. “Even if the keeper had gotten to that ball it was a stonewaller.”

It felt like a collective indignation from players and fans alike – oh look, the big boys getting the big calls again. On this occasion, it was entirely misplaced.


77 mins: Attacking change from Sevilla, who do have a penchant for late goals; Pablo Sarabia replaces Iborra.

76 mins: Real have six games before the Champions League returns; three are against Celta in league and Cup, their other opponents are Malaga, Real Sociedad and Osasuna. If they can hold on here...


75 mins: Iborra picks out Jovetic, who is offside – much to the forward’s relief, as his effort on goal is a shocker. A change for Real, with Mateo Kovacic on in place of Kroos.

74 mins: Kroos spreads the play to Marcelo on the left, but his mishit cross is collected by Rico.

72 mins: Real Madrid were happy to sit deep before that goal, and it’s not going to change now. Sevilla are having to work so hard to carve out a chance, and Escudero’s latest cross from the left is easy for Navas.

70 mins: Chance for an immediate response from Sevilla, as Escudero, at fault for the goal, sees his cross flicked on and into danger. Again, there’s a lack of bodies in the box for Sevilla.

68 mins: That’s a huge goal for Real Madrid; they’re 20 minutes away from putting daylight between them and the rest. For Sevilla, Stefan Jovetic is on in place of Vazquez.

GOAL! Sevilla 0-1 Real Madrid (Ronaldo penalty)

No trouble, as Ronaldo composes himself and sweeps the ball inside the left-hand post!

Enjoyably childish stuff here, as Vitolo tries to scuff up the penalty spot, and Ronaldo chucks the ball at his back. Now he needs to refocus...

Penalty to Real Madrid!

Escudero gives away the ball, allowing Carvajal to take a touch and scoot round Rami. Rico races out, but brings him down on the touchline. The crowd are furious, but that’s a penalty all day long.

62 mins: Benzema misses a sitter! After a scramble in front of goal, Modric’s shot is blocked but rebounds to Benzema, who suffers an unfortunate rush of blood, booming his four-yarder into the stands.

60 mins: Ronaldo tries to square the ball to Benzema, completely unmarked, but sees his hurried pass cut out! He looks furious with himself, and well he might.

58 mins: Sevilla continue to try and pick a hole with long, raking passes around midfield. Real Madrid continue to slow the play down, drawing angry, futile whistles from the home crowd.

56 mins: Real Madrid’s turn to threaten, with Ronaldo scooting beyond Escudero and cutting the ball back towards Benzema. Sevilla have bodies back, but need a couple of goes to hack the ball clear.

54 mins: Ben Yedder gets his first sniff of goal, and shows why Real have tried to keep him so quiet. Collecting a diagonal ball outside the box, he races in on goal and smacks a low, angled shot that Navas is forced to parry away.


53 mins: The last goalless draw between these teams at this ground was in 1981...

52 mins: Marcelo cuts in from the left in that flailing style of his, but opts to shoot with his weaker right foot, with predictable results.

50 mins: Modric brings the ball forward, and clatters into Escudero the edge of the area. Not even a free kick, says referee Alejandro Hernandez Hernandez, and replays back him up.


49 mins: The attendance is apparently 5,000 below capacity tonight. I’d like to hear it when it’s full.

48 mins: Sevilla win a free kick to the right of the area, but Nasri’s in-swinger isn’t adequately attacked, and Casemiro clears away.

46 mins: The corner is worked across to Vazquez on the right, and his snap shot is helped over by a deflection.


We’re back. Vitolo harries forward again, and forces a corner off fan favourite Ramos.


Half-time thought

Is Zinedine Zidane getting enough credit? This Real Madrid team has limitless talent and resources, but that’s not stopped several more illustrious names falling flat on their behinds here. He seems to have given Real a confidence and cohesion that’s been curiously lacking for a number of years, and is now in exalted company (Clough, Conte, Capello) with this long unbeaten run.


Half time: Sevilla 0-0 Real Madrid

Plenty of intrigue, bags of endeavour, but only one clear-cut chance, which Ronaldo put wide for the visitors. Back shortly.

45 mins: Modric picks out Marcelo on the left, whose whipped cross has Rico flapping, but Modric can’t do anything with the rebound.

43 mins: Vazquez switches to the left, but is miles offside when the ball is played through to him. Jorge Sampaoli gives him both barrels from the touchline.

42 mins: Nzonzi bundles Casemiro over inside his own penalty area, a foul borne of frustration that earns him a booking.


41 mins: Vitolo, arguably Sevilla’s most dangerous player, gets beyond Varane and sees his low cross cleared away, with Ben Yedder in the immediate vicinity.


40 mins: Benzema and Ronaldo link up, with the Frenchman finding his team-mate in space, with a cut-back – but he scuffs his shot wide! Four out of five times, he’d score from there.

38 mins: Escudero sprints forward from left back, and with a cross flying just behind him, tries a scorpion kick! It’s very on trend, but flies 20 feet wide.

37 mins: Sevilla win a corner, which is worked short and cleared away by Casemiro, who gets back up and gets a crucial foot in on Vitolo. Sevilla with the momentum...

36 mins: Ramos, who left Sevilla 12 years ago, is being jeered handsomely every time he touches the ball.

34 mins: Sevilla finding a higher gear, Nasri and Vitolo linking up after the referee plays advantage. Nasri hits an ambitious effort from 18 yards that Navas is right behind.

32 mins: Nzonzi makes his presence known further upfield, forcing the Real defenders back before the ball is worked to Vazquez. He cuts in from the right and shoots with his left, but he slips and sends his shot into the stand.

30 mins: Vitolo and Nasri try a one-two, but the visiting defence, a bright purple bus on the edge of their area, cut it out. A chance to break is snuffed out by Iborra, who hauls Ronaldo down on the halfway line and is booked.


28 mins: Vitolo and Ben Yedder try to time their runs to beat Real’s offside trap, and fail by some distance.

26 mins: This is a smart, fluid set-up from Zidane, with Casemiro, Marcelo and Kroos all roaming between the established lines. They almost break through in simple fashion, though, with Ronaldo beating the offside trap and forcing a low save from Rico, down to his left.

24 mins: Nasri does fire a shot on goal, collecting Mariano’s header and shooting from 25 yards, but it doesn’t trouble Keylor Navas, even if the home fans appreciate the effort.

23 mins: Sevilla have chalked up more passes, and more possession, thus far, but have offered little real threat. They enjoy another lengthy spell of possession, but Ben Yedder remains isolated.

20 mins: Ronaldo move forward in numbers, with Kroos combining with Marcelo, whose cut back towards Ronaldo forces Vazquez to barge his opponent off the ball, inside the area. The referee waves play on, and Sevilla survive.

19 mins: Nasri’s corner finds Nzonzi at the near post, but under pressure from Varane, he can’t get over the ball, and sends his header wide. That was a decent chance.

18 mins: Sevilla ruffle Real’s back three for the first time, Escudero’s long, raking pass almost finding Vitolo in space, but he is covered by Varane. Ben Yedder, Sevilla’s lone striker, has been kept out of the game so far.

15 mins: Kroos’ corner loops towards Ramos, who is well marked and can only nod the ball over Sergio Rico’s crossbar.

13 mins: Ronaldo tears after an early Marcelo pass, but Mariano keeps pace and after a tussle, Ronaldo is penalised, and whistled heartily by the home crowd.

12 mins: When Sevilla hosted Barcelona earlier this season, they poured forward relentlessly in the first 20 minutes. It’s been a much more cautious start here, although Escudero’s cross forces Varane into a canny clearance.

11 mins: Vitolo lollops forward from midfield and rolls the ball to Escudero on the left, but he’s marshalled by Varane and sends the ball out for a goal kick.

9 mins: Modric, stationed on the right of a midfield three, wriggles through a gap in the Sevilla defence brilliantly, but his cross is sliced too high across goal.

8 mins: Ronaldo’s free kick is powerfully struck, but N’Zonzi leaps to block it with a thudding header.

7 mins: Marcelo tucks the ball into Casemiro in midfield, and he’s upended unceremoniously, giving Ronaldo a chance to shoot from 30 yards out...

5 mins: Varane steps forward but is dispossessed, and Escudero slots a pass to N’Zonzi, whose steely skills are a target for many a Premier League outfit. He’s lacking support, and Real regroup.

4 mins: Avoid defeat tonight and Real will overtake Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest. Only Antonio Conte’s Juventus and Fabio Capello’s Milan have longer unbeaten runs, in the big five leagues at least.

2 mins: Plenty of bluster from Sevilla in the early stages, with long passes over the wing-backs failing to connect.

1 min: A ferocious atmosphere inside the Sanchez Pizjuan, with the white hankies out in force for Ramos.


Here we go

Sevilla, in white shirts, white shorts and black socks, kick off against Real, who are in their dazzling all-purple away kit.

Some interesting tactical tweaks from both managers: Jorge Sampaoli goes with four at the back in a conventional looking 4-2-3-1, led by in-form striker Wissam Ben Yedder. Zidane has named five defenders, Marcelo and Carvajal operating as wing-backs in front of a back three marshalled by Sevilla’s own Sol Campbell, Sergio Ramos. Gareth Bale is still not fit to return, so Benzema and Ronaldo start as a striking pair.

Team news!


Hello and welcome to a game that, while not a title decider, may just decide if we have a title race in La Liga this season. Sevilla currently sit in third, but will go second, one point behind Real Madrid, with a win. They would also end Real Madrid’s Spanish record unbeaten run at 40 games, having come within minutes of doing so just three days ago in the Copa del Rey. If Zinedine Zidane’s side win, they’ll be five points clear of the pack, and with a reasonable run of fixtures ahead, will be set fair to extend their record and lead at the top of the table. Kick-off is at 7.45pm GMT.

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