La Liga title race is yet to reach its climax with 3 matches remaining for the top four teams, but it takes an interesting turn before that, as the top four teams have drawn their last games this weekend. After Atletico Madrid drew against Barcelona on Saturday, there was a clear opportunity for Real Madrid to sit top of the table by winning against Sevilla, but they also went to draw 2-2 against Sevilla on Sunday.
There was a clear chance for Sevilla to win the game, but a deflected shot from Toni Kross at the dying moments saved Real Madrid from falling apart to win the league title.
With these draws between the top four teams, the league race has again come back to all square, with Atletico Madrid in the top with 77 points, Real Madrid and Barcelona are in second and third respectively with 75 points, and Sevilla are in fourth with 71 points.
Real Madrid 2-2 Sevilla: Team News
Real Madrid started the match with their well-known formation of 4-3-3, but they made three changes following their defeat against Chelsea, Alvaro Odriozola started as a right-back with Marcelo replacing Ferland Mendy in the left-back, and Federico Valverde started in the right-wing replacing Eden Hazard.
Sevilla also started the match with the 4-3-3 formation, but with one big change following their defeat against Athletic Bilbao, the top scorer for Sevilla Youssef En-Nesyri was replaced with Joan Jordan in the midfield.
Real Madrid 2-2 Sevilla: Post Match Analysis
Both Real Madrid and Sevilla came into this game knowing that a win today for either side will throw the victors right in the conversation for being crowned champions.
Sevilla saw much more of the ball in the opening ten minutes without creating any real chance, with Real seemingly happy to concede the ball. That changed in the 11th minute as Alvaro Odriozola ran onto Vinicius’ fast pass before lifting a cross for Karim Benzema in the box.
The Frenchman’s header seemed to catch the Sevilla goalkeeper unaware as he was beaten at his near post. The celebrations were premature, as Odriozola was adjudged to have strayed offside and the score remained all square.
Ten minutes later, Casemiro conceded a foul in the Madrid half and it was Sevilla who took the lead by executing a beautiful set piece, as Rakitic assisted Fernando from Navas cross following a cleverly faked shot first time to evade Casemiro before firing past Courtois.
After the goal was conceded both the teams had some half chances that they couldn’t convert into a goal, and the score at halftime was 1-0 with Sevilla having more control over the ball.
Madrid started the second half brightly and had the first shot on target with Luka Modric rasping shot from 25 yards pushed away by Bounou. Their dominance on the ball continued as Vinicius inexplicably poked a shot wide from two yards out after some beautiful linkup play between Kroos and Modric.
The equalizer was scored soon by the substitute Marco Asensio when he found the back of the net with a lovely first-time finish, and it was Kroos who created a cool assist for him.
Few minutes of madness followed after the equalizer, but a corner by Sevilla was cleared by Madrid and collected by Benzema who went right up the pitch and earned a penalty after Bounou fouled him one-on-one.
But VAR intervened soon after, as Eder Militao was found to have handball in the penalty box when the Sevilla corner was swung in. After consulting the pitchside monitor, the referee overturned Madrid’s penalty and awarded Sevilla one.
To rub further salt in the Madrid wounds, former Barcelona man Rakitic coolly dispatched the spot-kick to make it 2-1. But Madrid kept chipping away and in the fifth minute of injury time, Kroos long-range shot deflected off the legs of substitute Eden Hazard before nestling in the back of the net and earned them an equalizer.
Casemiro then could have won it for Los Blancos in the 96th minute but his effort drifted just wide as the two teams ended up sharing points at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.
The result means the reigning champions are two points below leaders Atletico Madrid and level with third-placed Barcelona with just three games left in the season.
Toni Kroos (MOTM): He was the main man for Madrid in the match with two great assists to his name, and keeping Madrid in the title race.
Ivan Rakitic: Rakitic went to assist a goal in the first half, while scoring the penalty in the second half.
Luka Modric: It was not the best performance for him rather a decent one as he seemed tired after playing back-to-back games this season.
Real Madrid’s next fixture is against Granada(away) on 14th May, and Sevilla will host Valencia at their home on 12th May.