Real Madrid were able to end Sevilla’s 34-game unbeaten run at home after coming out with a slightly lucky 3-2 win on the night.

Starting Lineup:

Carlo Ancelotti shocked many people when he decided to place Sergio Ramos in midfield on the night, just like he did against Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League. The starting lineup consisted of:

Iker Casillas [C], Daniel Carvajal, Pepe, Raphael Varane, Marcelo, Toni Kroos, Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez, Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Chicharito

Scorers:

Sevilla –
Carlos Bacca (45′)
Vicente Iborra (79′)

Real Madrid –
Cristiano Ronaldo (36′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (37′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (69′)

Defense:

Last week against Celta de Vigo, Real Madrid had some major problems when it came to defending and it has happened yet again! Tthe first goal came from an extremely unnecessary tackle by Sergio Ramos, which gave Sevilla a penalty at the end of the first half and it was scored by Carlos Bacca. As for Vicente Iborra’s goal, it came from the defense simply losing focus all at once as he was able to score the goal even though there were three defenders around him. With the game against Juventus coming up on Tuesday, something seriously needs to change!

Sergio Ramos:

During the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League against Atletico Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti decided to place Sergio Ramos as a midfielder and he has done it yet again against Sevilla. Against Atletico, Ramos was marvelous and was able to show that he truly is capable of playing as a central midfielder whenever it’s needed. When it happened against Sevilla, he wasn’t as influential. Yes, he made some good tackles and passes, but it wasn’t the Sergio Ramos that we expected to see on the night. The tackle he made which resulted in a penalty wasn’t something we would expect to see from an established defender. It simply wasn’t his night overall…

Cristiano Ronaldo:

Cristiano Ronaldo wasn’t himself for the majority of the first half but he was finally able to get back on track after scoring two goals in two minutes as it restored his belief. During the second half, he scored yet again to complete his 25th hat-trick for Real Madrid and he has put himself back on top of the Pichichi race with 41 goals so far in La Liga. With three games left, anything is possible for Cristiano Ronaldo and the rest of the team.

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Chicharito:

With Karim Benzema still out injured, Chicharito was given the opportunity to start yet again. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to be as influential as he was in the past couple weeks but he did create a great assist for Cristiano Ronaldo to score the second goal of the game. Javier Hernandez wasn’t at his best against Sevilla but that shouldn’t take anything away from his past performances. We really shouldn’t expect the Mexican striker to score in every single game and, if he continues to play, we will definitely be seeing more goals from the forward in the next few weeks.

Gareth Bale:

Gareth Bale came back from injury but started the game on the bench and came on in the second half to replace Chicharito. The Welshman completely changed the game! Gareth Bale came on and added a lot of flair to the squad as he also assisted Cristiano Ronaldo for his hat-trick. He caused chaos for the Sevilla defense and was always determined to get on the ball and make a difference. His decision-making was perfect and it seems like he is prepared to play in against Juventus in midweek.

My Personal Player Ratings:

Iker Casillas – 9/10
Daniel Carvajal – 8/10
Pepe – 7/10
Raphael Varane – 7/10
Marcelo – 7/10
Toni  Kroos – 8.5/10
Sergio Ramos – 7/10
James Rodriguez – 8/10
Isco – 8/10
Cristiano Ronaldo – 9/10
Chicharito – 7.5/10

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