Real Madrid – Sevilla: Second Half Goals Sink Suffering Sevilla (3-1)
The first half was especially lackluster from Sevilla, and their response to Real Madrid’s early goal could have been much better. They clicked into gear at the start of the second half, grabbing the equalizing goal early and taking the game to Real Madrid. However, Real Madrid’s defense stood strong, and their late substitutions blitzed Sevilla late in the second half to restore their lead and send the away side home without any of the points.
Tactical analysis and match report by Charlie Tuley
Real Madrid are still unbeaten in all competitions this season, and they came into the match against Sevilla with consecutive momentum-carrying wins over Barcelona and Elche during the past week. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have been nearly perfect this season, and the Italian’s willingness to rotate his side has been a huge factor in Real Madrid’s consistency over the course of the current campaign.
Real Madrid were without Karim Benzema for the match against Sevilla, who was ruled out due to muscle fatigue just before the match began. The recent Ballon d’Or winner has struggled with injuries and fitness this season, but Real Madrid’s other attackers have picked up the slack and goals have come from an abundance of players in the Frenchman’s absence. Thibaut Courtois returned to the starting eleven after suffering from sciatica, with Dani Carvajal, Éder Militão, David Alaba, and Ferland Mendy making up the back line ahead of him. Luka Modrić, Aurélien Tchouaméni, and Toni Kroos were the midfield three for Real Madrid, with Fede Valverde, Rodrygo, and Vinícius Júnior playing as the forwards.
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