After Barcelona and Atletico Madrid’s draw on Saturday, Real Madrid had a chance to go top of La Liga with a win over Sevilla, but Los Blancos blew their chance after drawing 2-2 against Sevilla on Sunday Night.
It was clear on the pitch that Sevilla were the better side as compared to Real Madrid as they were more dominant on the pitch with the ball and teasing the backline of Real Madrid forcing them to make mistakes.
The first goal was scored by Fernando for Sevilla from a beautifully executed set piece, but the equalizer for that came from substitute Marco Asensio after the hour mark, but Sevilla went on to lead again from Rakitic’s penalty after few minutes.
Real Madrid were trailing to the last seconds of the match but thanks to a deflected shot from kroos that the ball went into the Sevilla net scoring a equalizer and earning Madrid a valuable one point to stay in the title race.
With the draw between these two teams, the league table stands with Atletico on top with two points clear from Real Madrid and Barcelona, and six points clear from Sevilla.
Real Madrid 0-0 Sevilla: Real Madrid Player Ratings
Thibaut Courtois (6/10): Didn’t have much to do, and not much he could have done about either of Sevilla’s goals as he was let down by his defense.
Alvaro Odriozola (7/10): A thorn in the side of the visitors early on, but faded in the second half, attacking intent was always there. He could’ve ended the game with an assist if not for an offside call.
Eder Militao (6/10): Made a couple of excellent early challenges, exhibiting his pace and strength in the channel. Flapped an arm out to concede the costly penalty following a VAR check.
Nacho Fernandez (6/10): One of a number of Madrid players who looked tired and slightly nervy on the night, taking too many touches and sometimes wasting possession.
Marcelo (6/10): The Brazilian has been a pale shadow of his illustrious self this season, but it was one of his better performances on the night. He was a threat in the opposition half but was left exposed against Sevilla’s Suso.
Casemiro (6/10): It was not one of the better games for Casemiro. He lost quite a few duels in midfield and found it difficult to match his opponent’s skill and technicality in the midfield. He conceded a foul which led to a goal and a yellow card for him.
Luka Modric (6/10): He had a rather tiring outing in a big game with just one key pass all game, which could’ve led to a spectacular team goal by Vinicius Jr, also saw a rasping left-footed shot saved by Bono early in the second half.
Toni Kroos (8/10): The best player on the pitch for Madrid by far. Constantly probed the Sevilla defense as he created four chances on the night. Sublimely cool assist from the edge of the box for Asensio’s equalizer. Forced the second with a deflected shot from range.
Federico Valverde (6/10): Started on the right flank and offered a lot of energy and industry, which was needed to keep the Acuna quiet. Did manage a few positive moments going forward. Moved into midfield after Asensio’s arrival.
Vinicius Junior (6/10): Starting on the left-wing, he showed some flair on the ball when he ran at the Sevilla defence but was let down by poor end product yet again. Failed a couple of decent scoring opportunities, seeing one of that hit the woodwork.
Karim Benzema (8/10): It was an unlucky night for Madrid’s top scorer, as he saw his towering header getting ruled out due to a marginal offside in the build-up. Nevertheless, he was at his industrious best and was always a threat in the Sevilla box.
Miguel Gutierrez (5/10): He replaced Marcelo in the 66th minute. The youngster did a good job, but his lack of experience made it easier for Sevilla to contain his runs and crosses.
Eden Hazard (6/10): He replaced Vinicius Jr in the 79th minute and played a part in the deflecting shot that led to the equalizer.
Marco Asensio (8/10): The Spaniard replaced Modric in the 66th minute and scored the equalizer for Real Madrid merely seconds after coming on after Toni Kroos played him through on goal.
Sevilla Player Ratings:
Yassine Bounou (6/10): He had a pretty decent game, with making some great saves from inside the box to keep his team in the game.
Marcos Acuna (6/10): It was a good defensive shift from Acuna, but he was surprisingly poor for Sevilla in Madrid’s half, completing just one cross in eight attempts. The Argentine’s overlapping runs were dealt rather well by Odriozola.
Diego Carlos (7/10): He was left rather untested in the game, as Benzema preferred targeting Kounde instead. Though, made seven clearances and won all of his aerial duels, he was also neat with his passing.
Jules Kounde (6/10): Not one of Kounde’s best outings, as Benzema got the better of him. He was tested by the Benzema several times, but Kounde stood his ground, winning 100% of his aerial duels.
Jesus Navas (6/10): A player who often performs well against Madrid, had a rather underwhelming game against Marcelo and Vinicius. The Sevilla captain completed two of his three crosses but was not at this best defensively.
Fernando (7/10): Lopetegui has been heavily reliant on him, and he delivered yet again for his side, this time by being on the scoresheet with a lovely finish to beat Courtois in the early minutes.
Joan Jordan(7/10): It was a decent for Jordan against a world-class Real Madrid midfield. Casemiro and Kroos gave him a tough time with his movement and close control. He also completed a whopping seven duels out of nine in the game.
Ivan Rakitic (7/10): His 77th-minute strike from the spot made sure Real Madrid didn’t take home all three points on the night. The Croatian has now scored five league goals in 19 games against Real Madrid.
Alejandro Gomez (6/10): Gomez occupied a more forward position against Madrid. He had pretty much a free role but was not at his very best for Sevilla and had to be substituted minutes after the second half began.
Lucas Ocampos (5/10): He has been a liability for Sevilla in the past few games, and things were no different against Madrid. The forward won none of his three attempted dribbles, won just one of his seven duels and was one of the worst players on the pitch.
Suso (7/10): He often troubled Real Madrid down the right flank with his silky touches, effective feints and accurate passes. He completed five dribbles, two long balls and eight duels on the night.
Youssef En-Nesyri (5/10): The Morrocan international replaced Gomez in the second half but barely made an impact. The 23-year-old had just ten touches in 34 minutes of action.
Luuk de Jong, Oliver Torres, Oscar Rodriguez and Nemanja Gudelj: N/A