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La Liga: Sevilla stun Real Madrid to open up title race


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La Liga: Sevilla stun Real Madrid to open up title race

Paula Vilaplana, euronews: “Hello and welcome to the Corner. Three days after being dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Real Madrid, Sevilla bounced back with a thrilling win over Los Merengues in la Liga on Sunday. Madrid’s remarkable 40-game unbeaten run stretching back to April ended in dramatic fashion at the Sánchez Pizjuán. Let’s take a look.”

Genuine title contenders

Sevilla reminded Barcelona and Real Madrid the title race is not a two-horse contest by producing yet another breathtaking display on home soil.

The visitors got off to a strong start as former Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo fired past keeper Sergio Rico from the penalty spot in the 67th minute.

Real failed to capitalise on Ronaldo’s penalty, however, with Sergio Ramos’ own goal levelling the scores in the 85th before Stevan Jovetic’s last minute strike inflicted a first defeat on Zinedine Zidane’s side in all competitions since April 6.

Up&Down

Paula Vilaplana, euronews: “Ramos and Jovetic both delighted the home fans, but for different reasons. As always, in our Up&Down segment we take a look at those who had a great game and those who would rather forget what happened.”

On the up is former Manchester City player Stevan Jovetic, who kept his composure to score a superb 91st minute winner, leaving Sevilla a point behind Luka Modrić‘s team-mates at the top of the table.

Also up is Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, who became the joint-top penalty scorer in La Liga history. The Portuguese drew level with former Real great Hugo Sanchez, 10 penalties ahead of current Everton boss Ronald Koeman.

On the down is Sergio Ramos. The Spanish international’s late header provided the cue for Stevan Jovetic to end Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten run. He later said “it was just one of those things” and added his side had nothing to be ashamed of.

Spanish newspapers

La Liga is tighter than ever according to the Spanish newspapers, who were quick to point out Sergio Ramos’ costly mistake. As and Mundo Deportivo focused on the central defender as some pundits believe he was punished for the controversial celebration he made after scoring against his former club in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.

We might be wrong

Here you have our predictions, for some selected matches next weekend. How will they end? As you know we might be wrong so please send us your predictions, on the social networks, using #TheCornerScores.

Manchester City 2 – 2 Tottenham Hotspur

Juventus 2 – 1 Napoli

Olympique Lyon 2 – 0 Olympique de Marseille

Fans’ loyalty

Paula Vilaplana, euronews: “Sevilla were made to battle hard on the pitch to earn all three points while their supporters never stopped believing in their team. Look how passionate the fans were before the game and imagine the celebrations after the final whistle. Make sure you join us next week for another edition of the Corner. See you soon.”