Player Ratings: Real Madrid 2-2 Sevilla
A late own goal from Diego Carlos rescues a point for Real Madrid but the Whites miss the chance to go top of LaLiga.
Fernando opened the scoring for Sevilla in the first half, minutes after Karim Benzema had a goal disallowed for offside. Marco Asensio then equalised for Real Madrid with a fantastic strike, seconds after being brought on.
Sevilla regained their lead with just 10 minutes to go as Ivan Rakitic converted the penalty which was awarded for a Militao handball. Deep into stoppage time, Toni Kroos unleashed a long range strike which took a deflection off Diego Carlos and found it’s way into the back of the net.
The result sees Atletico Madrid stay top of LaLiga with 77 points, two ahead of Real Madrid and Barcelona who both have 75 points. Our player ratings:
Thibaut Courtois: 7/10
Not much that he could’ve done for either goal. The Belgian wasn’t tested nearly as much as the scoreline suggests.
Alvaro Odriozola: 7/10
Decent performance from Odriozola. The right-back was constantly up and down Real Madrid’s right flank as he looked to use his pace and crossing to hurt Sevilla. The Spaniard assisted Benzema with a brilliant cross only for VAR to rule the goal out for a marginal offside.
Eder Militao: 7/10
A solid performance up until that unfortunate handball. The Brazilian was barely threatened throughout his time on the pitch but unfortunately for him, the ball hit his hand from a corner kick leading to Sevilla’s second-half penalty.
With Sevilla using a false nine system, both Militao and Nacho didn’t have much to worry about. The Spaniard didn’t have much to do in defence and often looked to create danger from set pieces.
Unusually quiet performance from Marcelo. The Brazilian wasn’t troubled in defence but didn’t create much going forward either. He picked up a knock in the first-half and was eventually replaced by Miguel Gutiérrez on the hour mark.
Toni Kroos: 9/10
A mixed bag. The Brazilian gave away the freekick that Sevilla ended up scoring from and then didn’t defend it well, allowing Fernando too much space and time on the ball. Despite moments of recklessness, he came close to scoring on a number of occasions. If only that shot in the last minute had gone in.
Luka Modric: 7/10
Visibly exhausted. The Croatian has been running on fumes over the past few weeks and it was no different tonight. Luka was replaced by Asensio on the hour mark.
Fede Valverde: 7/10
His first start since testing positive for Covid-19. The Uruguayan provided the fresh legs that Real Madrid have sorely missed in midfield over the past few games.
Karim Benzema: 7/10
Karim opened the scoring for Real Madrid after just 10 minutes only for it to be ruled out for a marginal offside. The Frenchman often found himself wide and in deeper positions as he looked to get control of the ball and create opportunities. Karim won a penalty for Real Madrid in the second-half but VAR awarded one to Sevilla instead.
Vinicius Jr: 7/10
Real Madrid’s most threating player in attack. The young Brazilian tormented Sevilla’s defenders on the left flank but couldn’t for the life of him find the finish that his team desperately needed. He came close in the second-half, hitting the post with a mishit shot.
Marco Asensio: 8/10 – Came on replace Luka Modric. The Spaniard made an instant impact, scoring immediately after coming on. Asensio looked sharp during his time on the pitch and was key to Real Madrid salvaging a point.
Miguel Gutiérrez: 6/10 – Came on to replace Marcelo. The young Spaniard was brought on for his energy and athleticism as Real Madrid looked to turn things around.
Eden Hazard: 6/10 – Came on to replace Vinicius. The Belgian was involved in the late equaliser.