La Liga

  • K. Benzema 6’
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 64’
  • G. Bale 66’
  • Jesé 86’
1 Half Time 0
La Liga
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu
Attendance 72,976


    • KICK OFF
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      That's all for our live coverage from the Bernabeu, thanks for following along. Goodbye!
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      Los Blancos respond to Zinedine Zidane's criticism with an inspired showing, dispatching of a Rojiblancos side who remain winless on their travels this season in the league. Karim Benzema opened the scoring, before Kevin Gameiro was denied an equaliser from the spot by Keylor Navas. Cristiano Ronald
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      Non-stop entertainment at the Santiago Bernabeu through 45 minutes, as Karim Benzema has Real Madrid in front at the break on his return from injury. A world class finish from the striker is the difference after the first half, with Sevilla squandering their opportunity to pull level from the penalt
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      Sevilla make five changes of their own from the side which disposed easily of Basel on Thursday night in the Europa League. Sergio Rico comes back into goal ahead of David Soria, while Mariano is replaced at left-back by Coke. Gregorz Krychowiak starts for the first time in the league since January
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      Zidane makes six changes to the side that struggled to defeat Las Palmas a week ago, perhaps unsurprisingly. Sergio Ramos and Pepe are suspended, while Daniel Carvajal and Arbeloa are dropped to the bench as the Blancos sport an entirely changed back four. Danilo and Marcelo man the flanks with Raph
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      SUBS: Reyes, Munoz, Beto, Fazio, Llorente, Mariano, Cotan.
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      SEVILLA (4-4-1-1): Rico; Coke, Rami, Kolodziejczak, Tremoulinas; Figueiras, Krychowiak, Cristoforo, Escudero; Iborra; Gameiro.
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      SUBS: James, Casilla, Carvajal, Arbeloa, Lucas, Jese, Isco.
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      REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Navas; Danilo, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.
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      Sevilla have turned a corner in March, having not lost a domestic match while also advancing to the Europa League quarter-finals. This impressive run of form, coupled with Villarreal’s recent struggles, has seen the Rojiblancos close down to just six points on fourth place – a gap which could shrink
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      Hello and welcome to live coverage from the Santiago Bernabeu as Real Madrid play host to Sevilla in a mouth-watering La Liga clash. Despite trailing Barcelona by 13 points, Zinedine Zidane’s side haven’t lost all hope of a dramatic title push. They can believe all they want, but the reality is it j
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      Real Madrid get the game underway!
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      WHAT WAS HE THINKING?! Excellent early opportunity for the hosts as Danilo finds acres of space along the right, before rolling a pass behind the defence to send Bale through. The winger has the goal at his mercy, but for some reason tries to roll a pass across for Ronaldo who was a marked man. He h
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      Sevilla have enjoyed a positive start themselves as the early tempo of the match serves up plenty of reason for optimism. The Rojiblancos win a pair of corners, but Madrid's make-shift back line is on hand to deal with the threat accordingly.
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      G K. Benzema Assist G. Bale
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      Bale picks up the assist for his cross which picked out the Frenchman in the centre.
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      HE'S BACK AND HE'S SCORING ALREADY! Benzema misses four games with an injury but he's back in the team now and showing no signs of being off the pace! The striker meets Bale's cross in the centre and sends a screamer of a half-volley into the top corner! That was a world class finish, leaving Sergio
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      Has to do better! Almost an immediate response from Sevilla! Diogo negotiates space on the right flank before chipping a pass into the path of Gameiro. Sevilla's leading scorer controls with his chest then unloads a half-volley from close range, but it lifts just over the bar! He'll be upset with hi
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      STAT: The last Real Madrid defeat at Santiago Bernabeu in La Liga against an Andalusian side was against Sevilla (W28 D2): 3-4 in December 2008 with a goal by Romaric.
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      This is a bit of a worry for Zidane! Bale, fresh of a calf injury that kept him sidelined for a brief spell, is clipped from behind by Escudero. The referee plays the advantage, but the Welshman isn't able to carry on as he pulls up in some pain. He walks it off and waves away the training staff, bu
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      OFFSIDE! Sergio Rico makes the save anyhow in the end, keeping out Ronaldo's effort from a tight angle, but it should serve as another warning for the Sevilla defence. Marcelo is finding all sorts of space out on the right and he picked out a relatively simple pass there to send the forward through.
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      TREMENDOUS SAVE! Sergio Rico at full-stretch as he gets his fingertips to Bale's effort from atop the area, turning it onto the post and behind. Real Madrid are looking so dangerous in the final third.
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      REAL MADRID WRONGFULLY DENIED A SECOND! Ronaldo meets the corner and heads it back towards the far post where Bale is on hand to turn it in. The flag goes up for offside, but it clearly wasn't as Kolodziejczak was playing him on. Sevilla let off the hook there.
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      STAT: Sevilla have conceded the most shots in La Liga this season (419) and Real Madrid have fired the most (551).
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      This is relentless pressure from Real Madrid, so much so that Kolodziejczak and Rami have turned on each other. There's quite the argument between the two as the hosts take a corner, and it leaves Benzema unmarked in the centre, but Sergio Rico is on hand to make the save.
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      RICO AT IT AGAIN! What would the score be without his contributions thus far?! Ronaldo sprints forward as Madrid have two against five. He takes it himself to the top of the area, cutting onto his right and forcing Sergio Rico into another fine save.
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      OVER! Marcelo's cross comes in at a bit of an awkward height for Bale at the far post as the Welshman heads over the bar. Sevilla have two full-backs on each flank and there's still way too much space for Real Madrid to exploit out wide. The effort simply isn't there from the visitors.
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      PENALTY TO SEVILLA! It's certainly a weird on! Time seems to stand still as the free-kick comes into the area, but once the chance is gone the referee points to the spot. It's quite a senseless foul from Varane who clearly dragged Rami down from behind.
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      The miss means Kevin Gameiro still hasn't scored against Real Madrid in his career!
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      NAVAS KEEPS IT OUT! Gameiro's penalty is struck ferociously - hard and low exactly as you're taught - but Navas simply guesses right and gets down so quickly to make the save!
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      STAT: Should Unai Emery not win this game, he would equal his worst run away from home as Sevilla manager (15 games in 2013).
    • 31'
      Sevilla couldn't have asked for a better opportunity to get back into this game. They were barely holding on, already down 1-0, but Varane threw them a lifeline - one they just couldn't take. It would have provided some real adversity for Real Madrid, but instead momentum is right back with the host
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      The tempo has slowed considerably since the penalty incident, with Sevilla actually enjoying a lot more of the ball. Real Madrid aren't showing the same intent or intensity in attack and it's given the visitors a bit of reason to be cautiously optimistic about their prospects.
    • 35'
      Into the final 10 minutes of the first half we go, and the pace has slowed considerably. Sevilla are showing more urgency than the hosts, working hard to keep the ball, but they're struggling to pick out the required final ball in attack.
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      Sevilla continue to ask questions on the front foot, with Gameiro's pace proving a problem for Nacho. Varane has speed to burn, but he's being dragged down a bit by his partner who's struggling to keep up when the visitors attack with pace.
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      STAT: There have been nine red cards shown in the last nine La Liga games at Bernabeu between Real Madrid and Sevilla (four for Real Madrid and five for Sevilla).
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      Krychowiak drapes himself all over Benzema inside the area. The striker, full credit to him, does everything he can to stay on his feet and keep his run alive, when he easily could have gone to ground and forced the referee's hand. It results in a goal-kick in the end, so maybe he should have went d
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      Real Madrid are mustering a final push to bag a second goal before the break, and they have Sevilla hemmed deep in their own end. They've re-introduced the width in attack, and it's done wonders for them. They're having much more success building down the flanks than through the centre.
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      SI José Antonio Reyes SO G. Bale
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      Jose Antonio Reyes has been introduced at the interval by the visitors, replacing Diogo.
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      And we're back!
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      Real Madrid pick up where they left off in the first half, getting forward eagerly as they try to nick a decisive second goal. They should very well be up by at least two already, it could be argued, with Bale's good goal disallowed, while Sergio Rico has been phenomenal in goal.
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      Bale and Danilo are so good together out wide. The duo are picking apart the Sevilla defence, with Escudero's support nowhere near the required level. Tremoulinas is being stranded on an island and he's not taking kindly to it.
    • 52'
      STAT: Zinedine Zidane played against Sevilla his last game as a professional player for Real Madrid and he scored one goal (3-4 at Sanchez Pizjuan in 2006).
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      Back the other way come Sevilla and Casemiro picks up a silly yellow card.
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      CRUCIAL COVER! Benzema shows outstanding vision to send Danilo through from half. Ronaldo sprints forward to provide support, and as the full-back tries to thread a pass across to him, Krychowiak arrives to cut it out! What a vital intervention that was from the midfielder.
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      PENALTY TO REAL MADRID! Such a poor challenge from Reyes, who needlessly fouls Modric who was running away from goal! The forward is off the bench and his first real impact is a costly one for his team.
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      Reyes is booked accordingly for his foul, despite his fervent protests.
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      RONALDO MISSES THE NET! It's a horrific penalty from the Portugal international who inexplicably blazes the ball over the bar! And there's yet another twist in the tale at the Bernabeu!
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      INCHES OVER! That may be an inch over, never mind inches. Another outstanding strike from Benzema takes the slightest of deflections and grazes the top of the bar on its way behind!
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      WOODWORK! Coke is shockingly asked to pick up Bale from the corner, despite their significant height difference, and the Welshman is able to rise easily to meet it - but sends a header off the underside of the bar and behind!
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      Krychowiak is booked for his protests, and will miss the next match as a result.
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      SEVILLA DENIED THEIR EQUALISER! Gameiro is sent through on goal and finishes beautifully past Navas. He celebrates, but his joy is short-lived as the flag goes up late to indicate an offside - and again it's a horrible decision from the linesman on this near touchline, as Varane was playing him on!
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      G Cristiano Ronaldo Assist G. Bale
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      That was a superb ball in from Danilo, who served up that goal on a platter for Ronaldo.
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      NO OFFSIDE FLAG THIS TIME! Ronaldo makes amends for his penalty miss, getting behind Rami and on the end of Danilo's superb cross to knock the ball beyond Sergio Rico for a vital insurance marker.
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      G G. Bale Assist G. Bale
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      Benzema picks up the assist, though it's hard to tell if that was an intended pass or an attempt to get beyond the keeper himself with the chip.
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      BALE PUTS THE FINAL NAIL IN THE COFFIN! It's a milestone goal for the Welshman who becomes the top British scorer in La Liga with that tally. Benzema chips a tidy ball over Rico, who came charging off his line, and Bale is there to poke it into the empty net.
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      STAT: With his last marker, Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more goals against Sevilla in La Liga than against any other side (20 - surpassing the 19 he has against Getafe).
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      SI Jesé SO G. Bale
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      Bale goes off to a standing ovation at the Santiago Bernabeu, replaced by Jese for the final 20 minutes.
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      SI Juan Muñoz SO G. Bale
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      Sevilla make their second change as Juan Munoz comes on for Iborra, who has been very quiet tonight.
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      SI Mariano SO G. Bale
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      Final change for the visitors sees Cristoforo replaced by Mariano.
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      Real Madrid haven't taken their foot off the gas - which should hardly come as a surprise. Zidane had some harsh comments about his side after their sluggish showing last week against Las Palmas, and they have responded accordingly.
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      SI J. Rodríguez SO G. Bale
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      Real Madrid make their second change as well now, as James Rodriguez replaces Casemiro.
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      STAT: Sevilla have won half of their Liga games when Ever Banega has played this season (50 per cent) but the win ratio is 33.3 per cent without him in the side.
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      Now the hosts have slowed their approach. Sevilla are being afforded the chance to play with the ball a bit more in attack, but they're struggling to make Navas work as Real Madrid have plenty of bodies back in defence.
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      SI Isco SO G. Bale
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      Benzema has put in a great showing tonight, perhaps inspired by his omission from the French squad. He's replaced by Isco for the final 10 minutes.
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      The tempo slows as we approach the final five minutes of the match. Sevilla's winless run away from home in the league continues today, and they have clearly been second-best from the opening kick.
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      SPECTACULAR FROM NAVAS! The keeper somehow dives over to his right to deny Gameiro from point-blank range! I have no idea how he's got to this one!
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      G Jesé Assist G. Bale
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      FOUR FOR MADRID! The linesman is having a real shocker! Jese is about a foot or two offside as he's played through on goal, and he finishes capably past Sergio Rico who is again left stranded.
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      STAT: Sevilla are the only side in the Top 5 European Leagues yet to have won away from home in La Liga his season, alongside Hellas Verona (D9 L6).
    • 90'
      There will be just two minutes added on at the end of this first half.

    Line Up

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    Sergio Escudero


    Daniel Carvajal
    Lucas Vázquez


    Zinedine Zidane
    Julen Lopetegui



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 9 8
    Yellow Cards 2 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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