Real Madrid draw with Sevilla to hand La Liga title advantage to Atletico

Real Madrid passed up the opportunity to take control of the La Liga title race despite Toni Kroos’ stoppage-time goal earning them a 2-2 draw with Sevilla.

Atletico Madrid’s 0-0 draw at Barcelona on Saturday meant that victory for Zinedine Zidane’s men would have drawn them level on points with Atleti and, thanks to their better head-to-head record, they would have leapfrogged their neighbours.

But Sevilla still have title hopes of their own and will be devastated to have let a lead slip so late after Ivan Rakitic’s penalty looked to have won it for the Andalusians.

Real Madrid move second, level on points with Barca but two behind Diego Simeone’s side.

It was a night of frustration for Real, who saw a Karim Benzema goal disallowed early after nodding in Alvaro Odriozola’s cross. VAR confirmed that Odriozola had strayed just offside in the build-up.

Image:The draw leaves the La Liga title race wide open

Soon after, Fernando was able to find space in the box to knock the ball past Thibaut Courtois after Rakitic knocked down a cross and gave Sevilla their first lead of the night.

Real’s equaliser came through Marco Asensio on 67 minutes – and it came less than 60 seconds after Zidane brought him off the subs’ bench. Kroos sent the super-sub through on goal and he calmly finished beyond Yassine Bounou.

There was then huge drama as Benzema was clearly brought down by Bounou in the Sevilla box, only for VAR to pull the play back for an Eder Militao handball in Real’s penalty area prior to the breakaway.

Sevilla were correctly awarded a spot-kick and former Barcelona midfielder Rakitic made no mistake, firing the ball past Courtois.

Julen Lopetegui was quite happy for his side to waste time in the final stages and it was deep into injury-time that Kroos rescued a point.

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