Madrid, who had added one point out of the last nine possible in La Liga, saved in Seville their first key day of another decisive week with a not very encouraging victory, which once again put Zidane’s huge problems on the table to score goals before playing the future in the Champions League on Wednesday.
When Zidane’s team was going through its worst minutes of play, already in the second half, it found the stroke of luck that it had lacked in the first half in which it had been superior in the game, although without the ability to convert the chances that gave him a blurred Seville. An opening from Benzema to Mendy and a slight touch from Vinicius in the lateral center deflected the ball just enough to cause Bono to fail and the goal in his goal. He did nothing but defend Zidane’s team until the end and thus achieved a victory that returns some credit to the French coach.
The start of the Madrid game was more than decent, with good pressure that made the start of Sevilla’s plays very uncomfortable, with an insecure Bono arriving in the area, with Modric as an orchestra director distributing game.
After a quarter of an hour, more thanks to Sevilla gifts than on their own merits, Madrid had had two clear scoring chances, and some more a little less clear, but scoring for whites is like finding a needle in a haystack. Sometimes you can sit down, tired of searching, and feel a winning prick, but it is the result of chance.
Minutes passed, Sevilla stopped making concessions and the flow of Madrid arrivals stopped. Zidane’s team continued to dominate, but in that version in which football generates up to three-quarters of the field, then erratic decisions, bad executions and lack of bite come.
Only Benzema is able to bring some light to the Whites attack and he was the one who came closest to scoring before the break, on the only occasion of whites’ own production. It was prevented by a Bonus that redeemed himself from his previous mistakes.
After the break, as has become a trend, Madrid disappeared from the game. It coincided with a forced change from Lopetegui, who reinforced the center of the field with Óliver Torres and his team took control of the game in a shameless way.
At that moment the goal of Madrid came and, although Lopetegui burned the ships to increase the offensive pressure, he was not successful. At the same time, shortly after game time, Madrid brazenly crawled around their area to defend the goal treasure.
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The minutes passed without Sevilla chances, infected with his disastrous week-long game against Chelsea, and Madrid grew in confidence, although they did not attack again, until they signed the victory.
SEVILLA CF 0
REAL MADRID 1
Seville: Bonus (4); Navas (7), Kounde (5), Diego Carlos (6), Aleix Vidal (4); Jordán (6), Fernando (6), Rakitic (4); Munir (5), De Jong (6), Ocampos (4). Technician: Julen Lopetegui (4). Changes: Óliver Torres (7) by Munir (d. 45), En Nesyri (5) by De Jong (d. 63), Suso (5) by Rakitic (d. 63), Gudelj (5) by Jordán (d. 63 ), Idrissi (sc) by Diego Carlos (m. 79)
Real Madrid: Courtois (6); Lucas Vázquez (5), Varane (6), Nacho (5), Mendy (4); Modric (6), Casemiro (5), Kroos (6); Rodrygo (5), Benzema (6), Vinicius (6). Coach: Zinedine Zidane (5). Changes: Asensio (6) by Rodrygo (m. 65).
Goals: 0-1 (m. 55) Own bonus.
Referee: José María Sánchez Martínez (5), Murcian.
Cards: Kroos (measure 43), Modric (measure 59), Gudelj (measure 75), Vinicius (measure 88)
Stadium: Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán. No spectators.
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