A title goal? Led 2-0 after half an hour of play, Real overthrew Sevilla FC 3-2 thanks to a goal from Karim Benzema in added time of the clash of the 32nd day of La Liga, and took a fifteen-point lead. top of the league. Another epic turnaround for Real Madrid. After Paris and Chelsea in the Champions League, Sevilla also paid the price for the incredible resilience of the “White House” and their inevitable French center-forward Karim Benzema, who scored the winning goal in the 92nd minute.
After a very inspired three-way game with Vinicius and Rodrygo, Benzema placed his ball from the right to snatch the three points. With 39 goals in 39 games in all competitions this season, “KB9” almost offered the title of Spanish champion to Real, and took another step towards the Ballon d’Or, the individual reward that eluded him in December but who could fall into his pocket this summer. With 25 La Liga goals, he is already beating his record (24) which dated from 2016.
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Benzema, new La Liga record
Previously, the Andalusians had taken a two-goal lead in the first half hour of play thanks to a sublime direct free kick from Ivan Rakitic (21st) and a goal from Erik Lamela (25th), but the merengue club, still also mentally strong, found the resources to come back to score thanks to Rodrygo (50th) and Nacho (83rd). The young Brazilian has already distinguished himself in the week against Chelsea, in the quarter-final second leg of the Champions League, by scoring the 3-1 goal to push the match into extra time. He scored his first La Liga goal there for eleven months (May 13, 2021 in Granada).
“In the first half, it looked like a tired team, and in the second, a team of incredible intensity”, summarized Carlo Ancelotti, now used to the many faces of his team in a single match; “There are things in football that are difficult to understand, like the choice of the referee on the hand of Diego Carlos, that of Vinicius”, continued the Italian, in reference particularly poor refereeing of the encounter.
A disastrous arbitration for everyone
The man in black first forgot an obvious hand from the former Nantes player Diego Carlos in his area, before turning a blind eye to an uncontrolled tackle from Camavinga which should have earned the Frenchman his second yellow card in first half-time, Martial also having to limp out after the intervention of his compatriot. Finally, Mr. Cuadra Fernandez, distinguished himself by denying a goal to Vinicius for more than questionable hand control, despite several VAR slowdowns.
“We are sad. If you leave Real Madrid one centimeter, that’s what happens, reacted Sevillian midfielder Rakitic. We had a great first period, but then they upped the tempo… We should have killed the game. We didn’t and that’s it… Against the big teams, that can’t happen. It’s really a pity. Camavinga’s expulsion seems clear to me, I don’t know why he doesn’t even whistle a foul. Vinicius’ hand was clear too, I don’t know why it lasted so long… In the end, the referee whistled against us”.