A Karim Benzema goal helped Real Madrid beat Sevilla by 0-1 to move into second in La Liga.
Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid side saw Eden Hazard start in search of his first La Liga goal.
It also saw one-time summer cast-offs, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez both in the starting line up, with the ever-present Karim Benzema.
The game saw former Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui host his old employers while sitting above them in La Liga.
After a 0-3 humbling in midweek by PSG in the Champions League, this was a game Real manager Zidane had to win.
But Madrid was a side that appeared laboured and lacking that flamboyant cutting edge we are used to.
Sevilla dominated possession, which handed them 9 shooting opportunities. Their lack of quality though was apparent as unfortunately, none found the target.
By half time, neither side had been able to break the deadlock and they went in at the break 0-0.
The second half was much like the first, with neither side taking much of a risk or showing the kind of flare associated with Spanish football.
Sevilla keeper Vaclik was the man of the moment, having kept out earlier efforts from both Hazard and Carvajal.
However, in 64th minute, Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal sent a high crossed ball in towards Benzema. Who made no mistake heading the ball past Vaclik.
0-1 Real Madrid lead.
Once again Karim Benzema proved to be Los Blancos and Zinedine Zidane’s hero.
Sevilla rallied late on when Lopetegui brought on one time Madrid player Javier Hernandez, in an attempt to get something out of the game.
Hernandez found the back of the net in 87th minute, only to be correctly adjudged offside.
Final score: Sevilla 0 – 1 Real Madrid.
Benzema’s goal was the deciding factor in a result that saw Real Madrid leap to second place in La Liga, level on points with top of the table Bilbao.
This result will relieve the pressure on Zinedine Zidane for now.
However, performances like that will no doubt leave Madrid coming up short against tougher opposition.
— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) September 22, 2019