Real Madrid hosted Sevilla in the final La Liga match at the Santiago Bernabeu this season as the hosts were able to come out with a 4-1 win albeit facing some trouble early in the second half.
This wasn’t your conventional starting lineup as Zinedine Zidane still stayed true to his rotation policy as he gave a hint of that when Marcelo wasn’t even called up to the match. The starting eleven consisted of:
Keylor Navas, Danilo, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos [C], Nacho Fernandez, Mateo Kovacic, Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez, Marco Asensio, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Alvaro Morata
Real Madrid –
Nacho Fernandez (10′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (23′)
Cristiano Ronaldo (78′)
Toni Kroos (83′)
Stevan Jovetic (49′)
A brilliant game from Keylor Navas after he came out with some spectacular saves throughout the match. The Costa Rican goalkeeper has improved drastically after a very shaky season overall and it seems like he’s finally finding his feet again at the right time when Real Madrid are on the verge of two trophies and writing their names in the history books once again. Keylor Navas would have probably been a lot happier with a clean sheet but he can rest assured that the conceded goal wasn’t his fault and it shouldn’t take away from a great performance by him.
Goodbye and Farewell to James Rodriguez? The Colombian was picked to start the game against Sevilla and, as Zidane took him off during the second half, he paused on the pitch to the surprise of all the fans as he raised his hands up and applauded them. In unison, the fans stood up and gave him the goodbye that he seemed to ask for. Unfortunately, the club doesn’t have space for a player of James’ skillset and therefore it’s difficult to keep him with us.
I’m not sure what more I can say about this beautiful human being! Another great match for Cristiano Ronaldo and his second goal will just show how integral he can be. A shot that nobody expected off the crossbar with his weaker foot. What more can you ask of Cristiano Ronaldo as he seems to be in magnificent form ahead of the last few games this year.
His first goal only ten minutes into the match will cause controversy for years to come but there was nothing wrong about it. His goal was 100% legal (yes, i double-checked) and therefore it should count. Putting that aside, he was still extremely important in blocking plays and also got an assist to his name with the pass to Toni Kroos for the fourth goal of the match. Another brilliant day in the office for the Spanish defender.
Barcelona visited Las Palmas at the same time of the Real Madrid game and were able to come out with a 4-1 win. If Los Merengues get at least one point against Celta de Vigo on Wednesday night, then La Liga will go down to the final match.