Much-changed Real Madrid made to suffer by Sevilla

Florence Fletcher
May 11, 2018

Real Madrid lost 3-2 to Sevilla in La Liga on Wednesday night, but it could have been far worse for Los Blancos who were poor throughout.

Wissam Ben Yedder and Miguel Layun put Sevilla into a two-goal lead, before Sergio Ramos missed a penalty and then put the ball into his own net to compound his misery against his former side.

Then in the sixth minute of added time Real were handed another penalty as Theo Hernandez was pushed in the box.

"We are disappointed today, but it will not affect us at all", Zidane said.

Zidane refused to criticise defender Ramos for a performance which mixed defensive errors with grabbing the ball for both penalties his team were awarded. "Every time we come here something happens with him".

Madrid dominated possession against a Sevilla side organised to soak up pressure, but had just one shot on target before they found themselves three goals behind.

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Los Blancos had it all to do as they kicked off the second half and they started brightly with Lucas Vasquez having a pop from distance, only to see his effort narrowly rise over the woodwork. Zidane accepted that they had created very little for much of the game.

The likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane and Keylor Navas were all left out, as well as the injured Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal.

"We were good in first three quarters of the pitch, but we did nothing in the last 30 metres, nothing on the second line, nothing to worry the opponent". "Times have changed a lot since, but if it was up to me, I would have given the guard of honour to the team that has won the league".

Real maintain their position in third as they are five points above Valencia in fourth place and still have Celta Vigo and Villareal to play before the season ends.

"All the players I have are top players, and sometimes some players have to rest".

Madrid look set to finish third in LaLiga after that result, but will have the chance to win a third Champions League in a row when they take on Liverpool in Kiev on May 26.

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