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Football in Spain – Real folds Sevilla at the very end of the match

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Thanks to a success from Vinicius, the Madrilenians kept the lead in La Liga with 4 lengths ahead of Atlético.

The Merengues passed the shoulder to the 87th.

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Thanks to Vinicius and Karim Benzema, leaders Real Madrid beat Sevilla FC 2-1 at home on Sunday in Matchday 15 of the Spanish Championship, and remain in the lead four points ahead of Real Sociedad and Atlético Madrid , wide winner in Cadiz (4-1).

The Sevillians opened the scoring early in the match, with a header from Rafa Mir who defeated the marking of Ferland Mendy on a corner (12th), then Karim Benzema equalized for the Merengues (32nd), on the restart a heavy strike from Eder Militao pushed back on his post by the Sevillian porter Bono …

And the young Brazilian winger Vinicius offered the victory to his team with a powerful strike at the very end of the game, in the 87th, to allow Real to extend their series of six straight wins in all competitions.

Vinicius ovation

Metamorphosed this season, Vinicius once again received a standing ovation from the Santiago-Bernabeu after his goal. And the French center forward, placed among the favorites for the Golden Ball which will be awarded Monday evening in Paris, was once again the offensive boss of the “White House”.

Real’s two attacking cronies lead the way in the La Liga scorers’ standings, with 9 goals in 14 matches for “Vini” and 11 goals in 13 matches for “KB9”. But the Andalusians, who will have to get their ticket for the knockout stages of the Champions League in ten days in Salzburg, seriously put Carlo Ancelotti’s men in difficulty on Sunday night.

Courteous decisive

After the goal of Mir, already a scorer at Wolfsburg on Tuesday in C1, Sevilla had the opportunity to drive the point home, but David Alaba blocked the ball on his line, then Thibaut Courtois released a decisive parry to maintain the Madrilenians afloat (14th).

And Lucas Ocampos also had his chances: the former Marseillais hit the crossbar on a brushed ball in the 30th minute after eliminating Casemiro, then his resumption of the head just before the break (45th + 2) ended in Courtois gloves, precious for Real on Sunday.

A goal for Cunha

Earlier in the evening, Atlético regained confidence in Cadiz thanks to its French players. Thomas Lemar first headed a cross from Yannick Carrasco in the 56th to score his third goal of the season, then Antoine Griezmann recovered from the right a cross from Marcos Llorente at the penalty spot to increase the gap (70th ).

And Lemar (elected man of the match) could even have signed a double, if he had better adjusted his dive over Jeremias Ledesma in the 64th. But his replacement, the Argentinian Angel Correa, came into play with the same intensity as the Guadeloupe, and scored the goal of 3-0, at the conclusion of a very nice collective movement (76th) in which Griezmann was still implied.

The Colchoneros then unfolded: despite the gag goal of Choco Lozano, who surprised Jan Oblak on a long lobed center (86th), Matheus Cunha, former FC Sion player, immediately responded with all power, ensuring the success of the Madrilenians in the south of the country.

The Real Sociedad surprise

This success allows the Colchoneros to forget the cruel setback conceded Wednesday against AC Milan in C1 (1-0), a defeat which complicated their qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League. And above all, he relaunches Atlético and his two French internationals in the league before the last month of competition of the year.

Earlier today, Real Sociedad conceded their first defeat of the season on Espanyol Barcelona (1-0), falling to provisional third in the standings. And the Real Betis raised the lead at home, dominating Levante 3-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Juanmi, who sealed his hat-trick thanks to a final assist from Nabil Fekir.

(AFP)

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