Benzema Misses Out As Real Punish Sevilla

Luka Modric
Luka Modric

Real Madrid extended their lead at the top of the LaLiga standings with a resounding 3-1 win over Sevilla on Saturday evening.


Result: Real Madrid 3-1 Sevilla

Date: 22 October 2022

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu

Madrid were without newly-crowned Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema, who was ruled out with a thigh injury while goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois returned from injury.

Los Blancos had a perfect start after Luka Modric gave them the lead within the first five minutes with a close-range finish after Vinicius Junior won possession high up the pitch and setup the Croatian.

The hosts continued to threaten on transitions, as Rodrygo had a chance to double their lead on 21 minutes after he dribbled past his marker in the box but he curled his shot wide of the far post.

Sevilla pushed back Madrid in their own half with a good spell of possession but Carlo Ancelotti's charges were swift on transitions, as Vinicius Junior had a good chance to double their lead shortly before the interval after he rounded goalkeeper Yassine Bounou but guided away from goal by a good recovery from Gonzalo Montiel.

Jorge Sampaoli's men enjoyed a good start to the second stanza as Erik Lamela levelled matters ten minutes after the break with a strike from a tight angle in the box after a threaded pass by Montiel.

The game opened after that, with end to end attacks and Vinicius Junior had a chance to restore the lead for Madrid 20 minutes before time after he dribbled past Bounou again but he could not find the target from an acute angle.

Ancelotti made a double change moments later as Lucas Vazquez came on for Dani Carvajal and Marco Asensio replaced Modric.

Vazquez made an immediate impact for Los Blancos as he gave the hosts the lead three minutes after his arrival with a tap-in after turning home a cross from Vinicius.

Madrid had the momentum going forward and Federico Valverde sealed the deal with nine minutes remaining after unleashing a super strike into the top corner from a pass by Asensio on the edge of the box.

Ancelotti's troops managed the game in the dying minutes to secure a win that extended their lead at the top of the table to six points, although second-placed Barcelona have a game in hand scheduled for Sunday against Athletic Bilbao. 

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