Until shortly before the end, it looked as if Real Madrid would slip up in the top match. But Sevilla wobbled in the closing stages before Karim Benzema struck in injury time.

In the title race of the Spanish league there was a thrilling top match with a late twist. Real Madrid won 3-2 at Sevilla FC thanks to a stoppage-time goal and extended their lead in the standings to 15 points. The team around Toni Kroos was even trailing 0:2.

With six matchdays to go, the Madrilenians are on course for the title, while arch-rivals Barcelona have two games less but can only reduce the gap to nine points.

How the game went

Sevilla showed Real early on why they have the best defence in the league. The Andalusians defended in a disciplined and compact manner and lurked on the counterattack. In the 21st minute, Ivan Rakitic gave Sevilla the lead with a beautiful free kick. From 18 metres, the Croatian circled the ball into the goal.

Just four minutes later, the hosts added to their tally. After a good move, Jesus Corona found himself in front of Real goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and tipped the ball to team-mate Erik Lamela, who slotted in for the 2-0 lead (25th). This was the score at the break.

Toni Kroos (m.) in a duel with Erik Lamela (l.).


In the second half, Real were fresher and more aggressive in their forward play. After an assist from Dani Carvajal, the young Brazilian Rodrygo was wide awake in the centre and reduced the score to 1:2 (50th).

As a result, Real became more offensive, but could not break through for a long time. The equaliser only came in the final phase. Again it was Carvajal who set up the goal. This time, however, Nacho was the recipient (82nd).

Madrid, however, did not want to settle for the point and continued to press for the winning goal. They were rewarded in the second minute of stoppage time: Rodrygo went through to the baseline and passed to Karim Benzema, who scored after a short deception.