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Real Madrid misses chance to surpass Atletico, but gets draw in extra time

Real Madrid squandered a chance to tie for first place in La Liga with crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Real Madrid squandered a chance to tie for first place in La Liga with crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid on Sunday, but they did manage to salvage a 2-2 draw in extra time against Sevilla.

On Saturday, Atletico Madrid and Barcelona drew 0-0 at Camp Nou, giving Real Madrid a chance to draw level with the league leaders. However, Sevilla struck first at Alfredo di Stefano Stadium, with Fernando scoring in the 22nd minute.

Owing to coronavirus gathering limits, the game was played in front of an empty stadium.

Marco Asensio equalised in the 67th minute after Sevilla had scored the only goal before the break.

Ivan Rakitic put Sevilla back in front with a penalty kick in the 78th minute, and Toni Kroos’ shot on goal was deflected off Eden Hazard’s foot four minutes into stoppage time, with the ball ending up in the twine for a draw.

The capital club was willing to not only climb into a tie for first place, but also to avenge their Champions League exit at the hands of Chelsea last week. For Sunday’s match, coach Zinedine Zidane decided on a change of pace, starting fullback Alvaro Odriozola, Marcelo, and Federico Valverde.

Odriozola sent a nice crossing shot to Karim Benzema, who headed it into the net just 12 minutes into the game, but the former was ruled offside before making the pass, and the goal was disallowed.

The first goal came when Rakitic headed a cross-field pass to Fernando, who calmly waited for the right moment before unleashing a left-footed blast past Thibaut Courtois.

Madrid started to put more pressure on their opponents in the second half, and Vinicius Junior missed a great close-in opportunity, but Asencio levelled the score on a pass from Toni Kroos just moments after being sent onto the pitch for Luka Modric.

Then it was Sevilla’s turn to put the pressure on, aiming for victory, and in the 78th minute, Madrid’s Eder Militao touched the ball in the area, giving the Andalusian team a penalty kick.

When Benzema was sent to the ground after rounding Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bono, Madrid believed they had earned a penalty kick of their own, but a VAR analysis showed that Militao had accidentally hit the ball a few moments earlier. As a result, Madrid’s potential penalty was cancelled, and Sevilla was awarded a penalty kick, which Rakitic converted after Courtois jumped the wrong way.

With Hazard’s final unlikely stoppage-time goal, the result puts both Barcelona and Real Madrid two points behind Atletico, with Sevilla six points behind with three games remaining.

Lineups:

Real Madrid: Courtois; Odriozola, Militao, Nacho, Marcelo (Miguel Gutierrez, m.66); Casemiro, Kroos, Modric (Marco Asensio, m.66), Fede Valverde; Vinicius (Hazard, m.79) and Benzema.

Sevilla: Bono; Jesus Navas, Kounde, Diego Carlos, Acuña; Fernando, Rakitic (De Jong, m.88), Jordan (Gudelj, m.84), Papu Gomez; Suso (Oscar, m.84) and Ocampos (Oliver, m.88).

Referee: Martinez Munuera showed yellow cards to Real Madrid’s Casemiro (min. 21) and to Sevilla’s Suso (min. 56) and Gudelj (min. 85).

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