Real Madrid were overtaken at the top of La Liga after falling 3-2 to Sevilla on Sunday despite having an early lead.
Sergio Ramos gave Real Madrid the lead in the 22nd minute, and before that Nacho had a shot go off the post. Sevilla responded by scoring three unanswered goals to go up 3-1. Ciro Immobile tied the game up at 1-1 in the 36th minute, before Ever Banega gave the home side the lead in the 61st minute. Substitute Fernando Llorente made it 3-1 in the 74th minute. James Rodriguez pulled one back for Real in added time but Sevilla held on for the win.
Real now sits in second place with 24 points in 11 games, three points behind Barcelona and one point ahead of local rivals Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez was happy with the opening part of the game, but not the way they finished.
“We played 30 really good minutes, we had real control in all areas and then we allowed them to score from a dead ball, and that affected us,” Benitez told realmadrid.com. “They made the most of mistakes by us to get the third goal and we scored a second at the end, but it wasn’t enough. For a lot of the first half we saw a really good Real Madrid performance, and in the second half we couldn’t keep that going”.
“We lacked the ability to manage the situation. The match seemed to be under control, and with their first goal they regained confidence and our mistakes allowed them to get stronger. We should have killed off Sevilla in that first half, and we didn’t. It’s difficult to react at 3-1 down.”