29th November, 2021
Vinicius Jr.’s 87th minute strike saw Real Madrid come from behind to secure the maximum points in the la Liga match against Sevilla at the Bernabeu on Sunday.
The Brazilian who was also voted King of the Match, also helped Madrid extend their lead at the top to four points over Atletico and Real Sociedad.
A stunning goal from Vini Jr. in the dying stages of the match was enough for the Whites who turned the game around after Sevilla took an early lead.
A 12th-minute corner from Acuña was met by the head of Rafa Mir to open the scoring. Mir got the better of Courtois just two minutes later in a one-on-one, but Alaba cleared it off the line. The ball fell back to the Sevilla striker, who was denied by a great save from the keeper.
A reaction was needed from the home side and Vini Jr’s shot from Casemiro’s pass found Bono’s hands in the 27th minute.
Opportunities continued to come and go for both sides as Sevilla came close when Ocampos’ shot from the edge of the area struck the crossbar on the half-hour mark after excellent individual play.
The equaliser soon followed, a long-range effort from Militão was turned on to the post by Bono, before Benzema, cleverly nipped in ahead the defence to slot home in the 32nd minute.
Asensio could have put Real Madrid ahead following great play from Mendy, but his shot from inside the area went just over as the sides went in all square at the break.
The second half got off to a slower start, with the Madridistas enjoying the first sight of goal after the interval, when, with 58 minutes on the clock, Marco Asensio picked up the ball in Sevilla’s half and skipped past Diego Carlos’s challenge, before unleashing a curling effort from range that whistled narrowly wide of the target.
Vini Jr. was next to try his luck following a breathtaking counter-attack, but he contrived to send his effort over the bar with 70 minutes played.
Asensio and Luka Modrić were replaced by Fede Valverde and Camavinga three minutes later and the changes breathed fresh life into the hosts, who poured forward in search of a winner.
Madrid came close when David Alaba met Kroos’s free-kick with a volleyed effort that sailed over the Sevilla goal. However, the Whites went one better four minutes later when they conjured up the goal of the game with a strike that was as decisive as it was stunning.
Vini Jr. took the ball past Ocampos with a fine piece of chest control before tricking his way past Montiel and letting fly with a thumping shot that nestled into the top corner.
In injury time, Courtois pulled off an impressive save to keep Delaney’s powerful header out and ensure that Real Madrid secured the spoils.
*Match report by Madrid