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First Division - Day 35

Sevilla 2 - Real Madrid 3

Sevilla: Sergio Rico; Diogo Figueiras (Denis Suárez 70‘), Carriço, Kolodziejczak, Trémoulinas; Krychowiak (Iborra 78’), M’Bia; Aleix Vidal, Banega, Reyes; Bacca (Gameiro 78’). 4-2-3-1.
Madrid: Casillas; Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo (Arbeloa 88’); James, Sergio Ramos, Kroos, Isco (Illarramendi 84‘); Chicharito (Bale 66‘), Cristiano Ronaldo. 4-4-2.

0-1. 36. Ronaldo. Pulled back from markers to head long Isco cross past keeper.
0-2. 37. Ronaldo. Poked shot past Rico after Chicharito headed on James cross.
1-2. 45. Bacca (penalty). After Sergio Ramos brought down Aleix Vidal in area.
1-3. 69. Ronaldo. Looped header back over keeper after Bale crossed from right.
2-3. 79. Iborra. Turned shot past Casillas after Vidal laid ball back from by-line.

Yellow cards: Sergio Ramos 45’, Carvajal 51’, Reyes 67’, Trémoulinas 87’, Carriço 91’, Aleix Vidal 93’.

Real Madrid stay two points behind leaders Barcelona after they beat Sevilla 2-3 on Saturday evening, a first home defeat for the Andalusians in some 14 months. The turning point of the match came in the last ten minutes of the first half, with Krychowiak being attended to off the pitch following a clash of heads with Ramos (who was playing in an unfamiliar midfield role). Emery decided not to make the change and his side paid the price, Ronaldo heading a long Isco cross back past Sergio Rico, and then poking a second past the keeper just a minute later after Chicharito headed on a James centre. With half time looming however Ramos gave away a penalty on Aleix Vidal with a rash tackle, and Bacca stepped up to reduce the gap from the spot. M’Bia came close to levelling the scores when he headed a corner just wide after the interval, and Ancelotti turned to Bale, who was recovering after a brief injury lay-off. Within two minutes the Welsh attacker made his mark, whipping the ball across from the right wing for Ronaldo to complete his hat-trick with a looping header past Rico. However with ten minutes to go Iborra turned an Aleix Vidal cross past Casillas to put his side back in the game, and only a couple of late stops by the visiting keeper from Gameiro and Iborra prevented the locals from saving a point.