Real Madrid produced another stunning second-half comeback as they overturned a two-goal deficit to beat Sevilla 3-2 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Two quickfire goals from Ivan Rakitic and Erik Lamela in the first half left Carlo Ancelotti’s men staring at a defeat against Los Nervionenses.
However, the team rallied after the break as substitute Rodrygo Goes pulled a goal back in the 50th minute before fellow substitute Nacho equalised with less than ten minutes left to play.
And, when it mattered the most, Karim Benzema stepped up again to dispatch a stoppage-time winner. The result sees Real Madrid strengthen their grip at the top of the La Liga standings, stretching their lead to 15 points over second-placed Barcelona.
Speaking after the game, Nacho, who came on to score a goal, commented on the performance, saying (h/t DAZN):
“A win doesn’t mean more than three points. There are still a lot of matches left, but given how the match was, it’s very important. We performed better in the second half.”
The defender insisted that the result made the team happy, but insisted that it does not mean that their job is done.
“The way we won the three points is very complicated and we are very happy. This does not resolve anything yet,” he said.
Speaking of the goals that Real Madrid conceded in the first half, the Spaniard said: “The first goal we conceded was because of us, I don’t know how to tell you. Sevilla put a lot of pressure and played better in the first half.”
There was a contentious moment during the game when Vinicius Junior had a goal surprisingly chalked off for a handball.
Expressing his bewilderment over why the decision went against Real Madrid, Nacho said: “Vinicius’ goal should have counted. I saw it on the screen.”
Finally, Nacho also touched upon the club’s La Liga title chances, stating: “It got a little closer. With each passing round, the advantage becomes greater for us.”
Real Madrid considering move for Manchester City superstar as club faces possible sanctions
Premier League has come up with a shocking statement, charging defending champions Manchester City with more than 100 breaches of the financial rule between 2009 to 2018.
The allegations levelled at Man City could lead to a point deduction for the defending champions or perhaps even expulsion. This could prove to be significant for not Premier League but European football in general.
To that end, a new report from Daily Mail suggests Real Madrid are keeping close tabs on the situation. They are aware of the fact that if Man City get sanctioned, it could rule them out of the chase for top target Jude Bellingham.
But more importantly, it may open up the opportunity to sign Erling Haaland in the near future. The Norwegian international was one of Man City’s smartest business move in the summer when they roped in the star striker for a meagre fee.
However, Spanish media believes Haaland has a release clause in his contract worth around €200 million. It could be activated in the summer of 2024 and clubs like Real Madrid are said to be interested in activating the clause.
But in light of the recent allegations made against Man City, Real Madrid are anticipating a potential mass exodus, and could make an early move for the forward, especially if the English giants get sanctioned by the Premier League board.
It goes without saying that Haaland, who has been scoring goals for fun since joining the Premier League outfit, is someone who demands to play at the highest level of football. It was one of the key reasons he joined Man City – a club that can offer consistency in terms of sporting success.
But a potential sanction for City could change the dynamic, possibly paving the way for a club like Real Madrid to establish themselves as an excellent suitor for Haaland.