Karim Benzema scored a late goal as Real Madrid battled to beat Sevilla 3-2 and move 15 points clear in LaLiga.
Real Madrid will be crowned Spanish champions sooner rather than later, and no one can stop them. No other team in Spain has the same ability to mount a comeback. No team ever knows when it is beaten in the same way again.
They were 2-0 down at halftime against Sevilla and looked sleepy after another demanding week in the Champions League, but they came back with three second-half goals and are currently 15 points ahead of Barcelona, despite having played two games more and with only six games remaining.
Karim Benzema scored the game-winning goal two minutes into injury time. He began the move by playing in Vinicius, who flicked it out to substitute Rodrygo Goes. He passed Ludwig Augustinsson and drew it back to Benzema.
The Frenchman, who now has 25 league goals, his greatest score in his career, always seems to have more time in the six-yard box than anybody else, and he coolly buried it past Bono to win the game for his club.
Both clubs will have issues with critical refereeing decisions. Eduardo Camavinga may have been dismissed in the first half. In the second half, Vinicius appeared to have a perfectly decent goal ruled out. But the result was fair and so will be Madrid title when they finally claim it.
Sevilla had performed much better in the first half than Madrid, who were missing left back Ferland Mendy and holding midfielder Casemiro due to injury and suspension, respectively.
They started with Dani Carvajal at left back and Toni Kroos in holding midfield until Camavinga came in after 25 minutes.
Carlo Ancelotti’s team were slow to react to everything, and it couldn’t be blamed on a Champions League hangover because the player who struggled the most was Eder Militao, who didn’t play against Chelsea.
On 75 minutes, Modric flicked on Lucas Vazquez’ cross, and Vinicius controlled the ball with his chest before firing it past Bono.
The goal was disallowed due to a hand ball. Cuadra Fernandez moved across to the pitchside monitor after Vinicius complained that the ball had hit his chest. The replays showed chest, but the referee stuck to his original call.
Madrid, on the other hand, would not be denied. Nacho, who had come on for Lucas, finished through a crowd of players in the six-yard box past Bono to level the game.
Most teams would have relaxed now that they had secured an away point against the odds. Not in Madrid. They persisted, and their talisman scored the game-winning goal in the 93rd minute.