After an awful game in Paris, Real Madrid fans were in shock. No one could believe that Los Merengues could lose a match without shooting on target even once in 90 minutes. We have read lots of opinions of experts who mentioned Zidane’s disaster return, etc.
On the other hand, Sevilla had a perfect start of the season. The club was on top of the La Liga table and had 10 points after four rounds. All the stats were in favor of Sevilla, and even Real Madrid fans could not believe in the team. We have seen quite a different picture at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
The only good news for Real Madrid was that Valverde joined squad from injury. Zidane had a chance to rotate Casemiro and let him rest but Brazilian played 90 minutes. Real Madrid played a mid-week match on Wednesday in Paris and had four days to prepare.
At the same time, Sevilla played a mid-week match on Thursday and traveled to Baku (longest distance they may travel during Europa League). So, players were tired after two flights, and the team had only two days for recovery.
1st half of the match
Real Madrid played a dominant game. As Zidane mentioned after the play, it was his best match since the spring of 2019. We witnessed different style from Real Madrid players. Frenchman played almost with the same starting lineup as he did against Paris SG. There was only one change – Sergio Ramos played from the start.
Real Madrid was very sharp on counter-attacks and could score in the first half. Hazard had a perfect chance when he was one on one against Vaclik. Goalkeeper of Sevilla had three crucial saves. We saw a goalless draw in 45 minutes.
2nd half of the match
Sevilla was very good at both short and long passes. La Liga leaders played well in midfield but could not shot on target. Courtois was standing still for 90 minutes, and Sevilla could not create a real chance to score the goal.
At the same time, Real Madrid was deadly in attack. Hazard demonstrated mad skills for few times, and Sevilla players were fouled on him every time. In the middle of the second half, Carvajal crossed the ball from right-wing, and Benzema scored the header. Real Madrid had few more moments after the goal but could not score more.
As it seems, French striker can’t stop scoring for Real Madrid. After Ronaldo’s departure, Benzema became the leader of the team, and he has already won many important points for the club.
Sevilla players were tired and could not get the ball to storm penalty area of Real Madrid. Fans were disappointed as the club had zero shots on target against Los Merengues.