Match Report Sevilla 3 – Real Madrid 0: Nightmare in the First...

Match Report Sevilla 3 – Real Madrid 0: Nightmare in the First Half

MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 28: Daniel Ceballos of Real Madrid CF in action during the Copa del Rey, Round of 32, Second Leg match between Real Madrid and Fuenlabrada at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on November 28, 2017 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Sevilla thrashed Real Madrid (3-0) at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán thanks to a terrible performance by Los Blancos and a great first half for the Andalusian team. Machín’s team won the game in the first half, where they were able to score three goals and create many other chances to open a larger gap in the scoreboard.

Los Blancos set a foot at Sánchez Pizjuán knowing that FC Barcelona had lost (2-1) surprisingly against Leganés only minutes earlier. This doesn’t boost Los Blancos. On the contrary, they started the game like a ghost, still thinking in The Best ceremony award. They didn’t show up in the first 45 minutes and the result was 3-0 and thanks to Thibaut Courtois.

Julen Lopetegui didn’t know how to react. He introduced Nacho as right back, leaving Odriozola out of the list despite his good game against Espanyol. Benzema was also in the starting eleven, but he didn’t touch a ball again, with Mariano still looking for a new opportunity. But the biggest problem was the defender. In the first minute, Varane made a big mistake and André Silva almost scored the first goal. It was a hint of the match.

All the danger arrived from the attacking right wing of Sevilla. Jesús Navas seemed a young boy and he ate literally Marcelo. The Brazilian defender had one of his worst evenings as Real Madrid player, unable to defend a single attack. All the goals came from his side and, on top of that, he got injured in the 80th minute leaving the team with 10 players. By then, André Silva had punished twice Courtois and also Ben Yedder scored the third one. All the fights, rebounds, second plays were won by Sevilla.

Only Courtois, who made a couple of great saves, and Gareth Bale showed up in Seville. The Welshman hit the post with a great shot in the first half and could have scored in the second half in front of Vaclik, but the goalkeeper saved the clear chance. Modric was the only one who could score but VAR confirmed that he was in offside for 2 centimetres. The comeback was impossible and Los Blancos gave a poor image to their supporters.

Atlético Madrid is waiting for the derby on Saturday. Lopetegui has been unable to beat Atlético, Athletic and Sevilla in this start of the season. The final test will be the derby. If he fails, we have reasons to be concerned.