The mad race for the title continues in Spain. Real Madrid snatched the point of the draw against Sevilla FC (2-2) after a meeting marked by the decisions of the VAR. The Merengues do not take advantage of the misstep of Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona and miss the opportunity to seize first place in La Liga during this 35th day.
An opportunity to be seized. After the draw between Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona on Saturday (0-0) on behalf of the 35th day of La Liga, Real Madrid became master of its destiny to be crowned champion of Spain at the end of this 2020-2021 fiscal year. The equation was therefore simple when it came time to welcome Sevilla FC, fourth, this Sunday evening, for the second shock of the weekend in Spain: it was necessary to pocket the three points to take back control of the championship and hope not to let them go. , three days from the end. After the disappointment of the elimination in the semi-finals of the Champions League against Chelsea, Zinédine Zidane, deprived of Varane, Ramos or even Mendy, opted for a 4-3-3 with Odriozola, Nacho, Marcelo or even Benzema and Vinicius in attack in front of the classic midfield trio. For his part, Julen Lopetegui also aligned a 4-3-3 without En-Nesyri or de Jong but with Navas, Koundé, Diego Carlos, Rakitic or Papu Gomez and Ocampos.
At the start of the game where the Sevillians monopolized the leather, it was the Madrilenians who got the first chance. Served by Odriozola, Benzema thought to open the scoring with a nice blow of helmet but the VAR entered the scene to refuse this goal due to an offside of a few millimeters from the right side of Real (13th). This fact of play was enough to alert Sevilla FC, who opened the scoring through Fernando, taking advantage of a delicious deflection of the head of Rakitic and author of a sublime sequence to erase two Merengues then deceive Courtois (0 -1, 22nd). The locals reacted but too timidly. If they put their foot on the ball, neither Casemiro (24th), nor Vinicius (29) or Benzema (31st) made the gesture just to deceive the vigilance of Bono. Real Madrid would run after the score on their way back to the locker room.
Hazard, lucky, snatch the draw at the end of the match
After the break, the will of Real Madrid was felt but, if Acuña missed the frame for the visitors after a good sequence (46th), Bono kept an eye on this sudden and distant strike from Modric (52nd) and repelled the assaults of the players of the Casa Blanca (57th). The Merengues clearly had control of the game but came up against a block well in place while lacking precision (59th, 61st). Faced with the inability of Real Madrid to unbalance their block, the Andalusians took advantage of a few blocks to be dangerous and try to make the break, in vain (61st, 63rd). But now, the band in Zidane decided to accelerate in the game and, after this post from Vinicius (65th), Marco Asensio, who had just entered the game, put the two teams back on an equal footing by instantly resuming an offering from Kroos (1- 1, 67e). The meeting got carried away and while Benzema went against and obtained a penalty, the referee finally whistled a penalty … for Sevilla, because of a hand fault by Militao in his area on the corner at the start of the action (77th). Rakitic did not need to pray and he, the former Catalan, gave the advantage to the Andalusian team (1-2, 78th).
A goal resembling a real sledgehammer for Real Madrid, who, in the very last moments of the game, after Hazard came into play, managed to snatch the draw thanks to a strike from far signed Kroos and deflected by the heel of his Belgian teammate, deceiving leaving Bono helpless. A goal awarded to Eden Hazard by La Liga (2-2, 90 + 4th). Despite a last cold sweat for Seville (90 + 6th), the two teams parted back to back at the Alfredo-Di-Stéfano stadium. Real Madrid (2-2, 75 points) therefore misses the opportunity to take control of La Liga and at the same time of its destiny. Sevilla (4th, 71 points) has probably said goodbye to the title for good. Status quo at the end of this 35th day where none of the top four has managed to gain the upper hand over the other, enough to offer an end to the season always crazier in Spain.
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