Much has been said of the Premier League being the most competitive in Europe, however LaLiga this season has been a strong contender for the esteemed title the English division has claimed over the years.
The Spanish LaLiga title race took another dramatic turn this Sunday night when Real Madrid were held to a 2-2 draw at home by fourth-placed Sevilla.
Los Blancos would have knocked Atletico Madrid off the top spot with a win at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, and aid their dream goal of beating bitter rivals FC Barcelona to the LaLiga. Instead, Zidane’s men had to settle for a point thanks to a fortunate stoppage-time goal. Sevilla looked to have secured the three points only for a deflected Kroos shot to creep into the net and spare the hosts’ blushes.
Midway through the first half, Fernando opened the scoring for the visitors, but Sevilla were pegged back after the break when Marco Asensio equalized for the the Madridians.
Karim Benzema was then brought down in the area by the opposition keeper Bono, only for a VAR check to award Sevilla a penalty right at the other end for a handball by Eder Militao a few moments prior.
Former Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has been enjoying life during his second stint in Seville and calmly slotted home the spot-kick to give them a 2-1 lead in the 78th minute. They looked to have guaranteed the win, only to be thwarted in the dying seconds by misfortune.
Julen Lopetegui’s side were intent on shutting out the visitors for the remaining time and succeeded in doing so, until they faced a final onslaught in additional time. They were ultimately undone when the strike of Toni Kroos took a nasty deflection and beat Bono, who had dived the other way and tried helplessly to adjust without success.
With only three games remaining in LaLiga, Atletico maintain their lead with 77 points, two ahead of giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. Sevilla are also in the mix with 71 points however their opportunity seems to have been missed, with leaders and counterparts unlikely to make many more slip ups.
It will be an exciting few final games in Spain, as Diego Simeone looks to win the Spanish Division with Atletic for the first time since their famed 2013-14 campaign!
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