Atletico Madrid Remains in Top as Real Madrid Grab a Draw against Sevilla.
Real Madrid missed the golden opportunity to become the table topper of La Liga. They grab a draw against Sevilla FC at their home with a scoreline of 2-2. Real Madrid must give thanks to Diego Carlos to score the same side goal at the 94th minute. For this, the match ended with a draw and getting 1 point to each.
This result helped Atletico Madrid to remain as a table topper. They now have three games in their hand and they are on 77 points. Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively are on 2nd and 3rd with 75 points. Sevilla is on 4th with 71 points.
Fernando, the Brazilian midfielder, put Sevilla in front midway through the first half. Just before, Benzema’s headed goal ruled out for a marginal offside. At that time Real Madrid can go ahead of Sevilla.
Story of the 2nd Half:
Real Madrid improved their gameplay in the 2nd half as it was their must-win game. Marco Asensio scored the equalizer in the 67th minute. Real Madrid controlled the game at that time. An unexpected event happened in the 78th minute and the whole game turned towards Sevilla again.
Real launched a quick counter-attack and Benzema earned a penalty. Sevilla keeper Bono tackled Benzema and a penalty was given. But after a VAR review penalty was given to Sevilla as Real defender Eder Militiao did a handball before.
Ivan Rakitic, former Barcelona midfielder, kept his nerve and scored the goal. He restored the lead for Sevilla at the 87th minute. Thibaut Courtois guessed it completely wrong.
However, somehow Real is still in the title race as Toni Kroos tried his luck and took a shot. That shot went into the net with a deflection from the Sevilla defender Diego Carlos.
This own goal makes the title race more competitive. All the big three of the La Liga club are in competition still now. Atletico is still on top as they drew against Barca and Real also drew. They are just two points ahead of Real Madrid and Barca.
Also, it is a fact that Real Madrid players came with a little bit of low confidence and as well low energy. After the match against Chelsea, they lost their confidence.
Real Madrid cannot get the service of Sergio Ramos as he was injured. Their coach Zinedine Zidane did not put Hazard in the starting 11. Hazard put a disgusting performance in the UCL semis.