A VAR action punished the Real Madrid, when available Benzema to take a penalty canceled by a previous hand of Militao, unintentionally after touching the ball on his shoulder and falling into his arm on the previous play, which suddenly changed the course of a great game, in which an unexpected guest, Eden Hazard, just saving a point that does not prevent the League be in the hands of Atletico Madrid.
It is the new football. The one that is decided from a room with cameras and replays. It marks the resolution of a League that passed through the Alfredo di Stéfano stadium with an action that will give much to talk about. At 76 minutes, when Real Madrid caressed the award for heroic, with a penalty for his comeback that ended in his own area and lifting a Sevilla who always competed.
The draw at the Camp Nou left everything in the hands of Real Madrid. The option to defend the crown reappeared if he was able to win his four remaining games. He had to respond to the hangover of Stamford Bridge on a day of impotence that he did not accuse against Sevilla. Victim of his lack of inspiration in the last meters until he felt, again, all lost.
The remote options of reenlisting to the pulse for the title of Sevilla went through defying statistics. Defeated in his last thirteen visits to Real Madrid but played free of pressure. Goal accomplished and without giving up a dream. Armed in the center of the field by the movement of Julen Lopetegui after seeing the variation of Zinedine Zidane. In the core the duel would be decided.
The He tried to recover the lung that Real Madrid lacked against Chelsea with the entry of Fede Valverde. But the madridistas do not arrive with fresh legs at the decisive moments of the course. Vinicius was the fastest. As incisive as it is misguided. Launching runs that end in powerlessness against deflected shots or at the hands of Bono. For Sevilla there was a path marked by Papu Gómez. Putting claw in battle.
Equality seemed to break in Madrid’s favor with a great header from Benzema. The white game leaned to the right with an incisor Odriozola. Its measured center, but the VAR watered down the celebration. A slight slip from the side before controlling, placed a boot offside.
In the doubt of the Sevilla centrals, Madrid’s hope was born but the danger only exists with Benzema. This is how Sevilla woke up, capable of hitting without a pure 9 like En-Nesyri. Suso warned and Fernando struck. With quality, cutting Casemiro with his right hand and defining left-handed after Rakitic’s head assist.
It was time for Real Madrid to pull back with pride, with the right forces but believing in the comeback. He locked Sevilla in his field, with good mobility of the ball but lowering the curtain when he stepped on the area. Casemiro tried, Vini made everyone desperate and Bono showed firmness against Benzema.
It was the script marked for the second part. Madrid’s momentum and Sevilla’s intelligence. At times taking excessive risks, because Lopetegui’s men started with a shot from Acuña 29 seconds after the restart, but his lines sank excessively. Zidane’s men had no choice but to jump for everything and take risks.
His attempts started with a shot from Modric from the front to which Bono mispositioned his body to get a good scare. Sevilla had adjusted well in defense to end the danger on the wings and the Madrid attempts came through the center lane. A shot from Nacho, another from Marcelo before being replaced by Miguel Gutiérrez.
The League at stake with a youth squad before a footballer far from his level. Zidane was brave and was right with the entry of Marco Asensio. He had forgiven the umpteenth Vinicius, with everything to score but finishing off his own left leg with the right to the resignation of Modric and Kroos who had designed the action, when Marco put in a tenth of a second all the inspiration in the shot that the player missed. Brazilian.
In his first ball, Benzema triangulation, Casemiro with movement dragging defense and Kroos, finished with a precise left-footed shot to the net. The draw was a reality and the leadership was close again for Real Madrid. It was when a play that marks the League arrived. Militao’s hand, the one against Benzema knocked down in hand-to-hand against Bono and the intervention of the VAR to change the penalty area. Rakitic’s pulse did not tremble. He cheated with his body and put an advantage over a Sevilla that was resurrecting.
Any team would sink in such a circumstance but Real Madrid has faith until the end. He touched outburst, with Hazard already in the field out of tune, arriving late to a goal pass from Benzema but putting the boot to a Kroos’s deflected shot that turned into the tie before Casemiro, in the last second of the game, caressed the comeback with a shot close to the post. Those of Zidane stopped depending on themselves. The title is in the hands of Atlético.
2 – Real Madrid: Courtois; Odriozola, Militao, Nacho, Marcelo (Miguel Gutiérrez, m.66); Casemiro, Kroos, Modric (Marco Asensio, m.66), Fede Valverde; Vinicius (Hazard, m.79) and Benzema.
2 – Sevilla: Bond; Jesús Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Acuña; Fernando, Rakitic (De Jong, m.88), Jordán (Gudelj, m.84), Papu Gómez; Suso (Óscar, m.84) and Ocampos (Óliver, m.88).
Goals: 0-1, m.22: Fernando. 1-1, m.67: Marco Asensio. 1-2, m.78: Rakitic de penalti. 2-2, m.94: Hazard.
Referee: Martínez Munuera (Valencian school). He admonished Casemiro (21) for Real Madrid; and Suso (56), Gudelj (85) for Sevilla.
Incidents: meeting corresponding to the thirty-fifth day of LaLiga Santander, played at the Alfredo Di Stéfano stadium behind closed doors.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.