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Real Madrid's unbeaten run comes to an end

Monday 16th January 2017
We all know the quality that the super team Real Madrid have and what they are capable of. With a squad that includes the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Ramos, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema just to name a few. They are usually watched all over the globe by many.



However, this weekend saw a flaw in the highly successful side, in that they got beaten by Sevilla 2-1 this weekend. Real Madrid went on an impressive run of 40 games unbeaten. This was the longest streak in Spanish football.

The previous time Madrid were beaten was against Wolfsburg back in April during the Champions League. Despite the loss, they went on to win the Champions League.

The match between Sevilla and Madrid started off a bit slow as both teams were playing the game cautiously. It's as if both teams knew so much was at stake they didn't want to risk any slip-ups. This match followed a 3-3 draw in the Copa Del Rey which meant Real Madrid went through 6-3 on aggregate.

In the 67th minute, Sevilla defender Rico tripped Carvajal in the box to concede a penalty. The penalty was taken by the "FIFA World Player of The Year", Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward stepped up and put Madrid 1-0 up.

The game turned on its head with a key performance by Steven N'zonzi who has impressed critics since signing from Premier League side Stoke City. He showed real ability making passes, showing urgency for the ball and even helping in defence. One moment saw Ronaldo possibly through on goal but N'zonzi managed to track back being the last man and snatch the ball from Ronaldo creating a key moment in the game.
In the 85th minute, a ball was crossed into the Real Madrid box by Sevilla and Sergio Ramos was pressured for heading the ball. The only problem for Ramos was that he headed the ball into the back of his own net. Sevilla really saw the disappointed faces of Ramos's team-mates and urged to try and get the winner.

Earlier in the game, Sevilla forward Franco Vasquez was subbed off for Montenegran attacker Stevan Jovetic. A familiar face for Real Madrid as Jovetic had scored previously against them in the Copa Del Rey after coming off the bench.

Jovetic proved a vital role in the Sevilla forward line and on the 91st minute attempted a shot from 25 yards out. He placed the ball to the far side of the goal and Real Madrid keeper Keylor Navas got a fingertip but it wasn't enough. Sevilla, now 2-1 up and Real Madrid's hopes for a continued record-breaking run had diminished.

The final whistle blew and the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium was electric. The "Sevillistas" were ecstatic not just for the fact they beat such a high profile side but the win meant they jumped Barcelona in La Liga to second place. Sevilla, now just one point behind Real Madrid who remain top and one point ahead of Barcelona.

Real Madrid has the advantage of a game in hand over Sevilla and Barcelona but this game was a season defining game. It just goes to show anything can happen in football.

 
Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.


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