Real Madrid’s La Liga Title Defence Suffer Setback After Stalemate With Sevilla at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium

Real Madrid’s La Liga Title Defence Suffer Setback After Stalemate With Sevilla at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium

- Real Madrid fought really hard to salvage a point for themselves against Sevilla

- A goal each from Fernando and Ivan Rakitic almost gave the visitors maximum point

- But an own goal from Diego Carlos in the 94th minute denied his side victory as they shared the spoils eventually

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Diego Carlos' 94th-minute own goal was all Real Madrid needed to avoid defeat against Sevilla at Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium on Sunday, May 9.

Los Blancos despite knowing that Barcelona and Atletico Madrid played a draw earlier this weekend and a win would have propelled them to the summit of the log still went ahead to drop points, thereby putting their La Liga defence in doubt.

Although they currently sit second on the table with 75 points - the same as rivals Barcelona with three games left to play this season, they still have to play Granada, Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal.

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Los Palanganas boss Julen Lopetegui on suspension and his assistant Pablo Sanz oversaw the game where they almost claimed maximum points but for the last minutes mistake by his player.

Real Madrid’s La Liga Title Defence Suffer Setback After Stalemate With Sevilla at Santiago Bernabeu
Casemiro after his last-minute effort for Real Madrid against Sevilla went inches wide. Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates
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Fernando opened the scoring for the visitors in the 22nd minute with a superb finish from close range after dribbling two Madrid stars before firing home.

Former Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic provided the assist before his teammate handed them the lead eight minutes before the half-hour mark.

This was however about 10 minutes after Karim Benzema opener had been chopped off for offside by the VAR.

Sevilla maintained their dominance all through the opening half as none of the hosts' advances were entertained by the away team.

However, Los Blancos leveled parity in the 67th minute from Marco Asensio's superb effort from the 18-yard box.

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The Spaniard wasted no time before placing the ball in the back of the net after receiving a quality pass from Toni Kroos who was at the edge of the danger zone.

Rakitic restored his side's lead from the penalty spot in the 76th minute after Eder Militao had handed the ball while trying to head out what looked like a dangerous attack from the guests.

But Real would not give up as they continued to press harder towards the end of the meeting in search of goals and just four minutes into the added time, they broke through and ended the game in a draw.

Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has expressed disappointment towards Real Madrid following their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

The victory meant the Blues have reached their third Champions League final in their history while they hope to win their second title later this month.

Thomas Tuchel's men already got the job done halfway in the first half after forcing Los Blancos to a 1-1 draw in Spain thereby keeping an away goal advantage ahead of the second leg.

Source: Legit.ng

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