Real Madrid almost lost to Sevilla. This defeat would have removed Zinédine Zidane’s men from the title race with Barça and Atlético Madrid.
Led to the score in the first period, when Benzema had seen his opening goal canceled for offside, Real Madrid came back narrowly. First by a profitable change from Zizou who made Asensio go up since the Spanish winger equalized a few seconds later.
Then there was the turning point of the meeting shortly after the 75th minute of play. On a counter-attack, Benzema, surprised alone, went to dribble Bono, who mowed him in the middle of the rectangle. The match referee then designates the penalty spot before being contacted in his earpiece by the VAR. After having viewed the images, Juan Martinez Munuera reconsiders his decision and awards a penalty … to Sevilla for a foul hand from Militao at the start of the action. Rakitic transformed this eleven meters by taking Thibaut Courtois on the wrong foot.
It was the moment chosen by Zinédine Zidane to launch Eden Hazard. The Brainois was the author of some interesting combinations, in particular with Karim Benzema, but without succeeding in hitting the mark. In the stoppage of play of the meeting, while we thought Real out of the race, Eden Hazard deflected a shot from Toni Kroos in the goal and equalized with a little success.
This earned him some praise in the Spanish press, he who had been taken in flu after the meeting against Chelsea when we saw him laughing with his former teammates once the match was over and Real eliminated.
“Luck finally smiles on Hazard”, title Marca. “The miracle happened. Eden Hazard, mounted to bring excitement and fantasy to the Madrid attack, was in the right place”. However, its rise had not entirely convinced the Spanish daily. ” Madrid was pushing without a lot of clear ideas. Eden Hazard could have scored but he missed his control. It is a faithful reflection of his season, failing to find the solution for Real. Then he touched the ball lightly and deflected it just enough to mislead Bono. Finally luck smiles on the Belgian. “
“Coming off the bench, Asensio and Hazard stood out”, comments AS. “Hazard was different. Zidane only gave him 11 minutes. He managed his nine assists and lost the ball twice. But he ultimately had what he lacked: luck. The chance to deflect Kroos’ shot everything. by being in a duel with Diego Carlos, so that Bono cannot intervene. His goal gives hope to Madrid who can still believe in the title. Hazard was on the bench after the laughs that followed the match against Chelsea . With his goal, he gives a better image to the supporters of Madrid “, continued the Spanish newspaper.
The fight for the title promises to be played to the end in Spain. Yannick Carrasco’s Atlético Madrid still has two units more than Real and Barça, three days from the end.