Erik Lamela
Match reports


Lamela cancelled out Modric's early opener, but quick-fire goals from Lucas Vázquez and Valverde took the game away from Sevilla
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Our winless run at the Bernabéu continued with a 3-1 defeat against the league leaders.

Once again, there were signs that we could get a result in the capital. Modric had given the hosts an early lead, but Lamela equalised ten minutes into the second half after a lovely pass from Montiel.

The team had chances to add a second and turn the match on its head, but goals from Lucas Vázquez and Valverde late on in the second half killed off any chance of a famous result. 

It took the league leaders only five minutes to take the lead on a rainy Saturday evening. Vinicius won possession on the left-hand side, broke into the area and played in an unmarked Modric, who tapped home at the far post.

Ancelotti's side tried to take control of the clash after going in front, but they did not really take advantage of their lead, with Bono not needing to make a save in the remainder of the half. 

In fact, they were happy for Sevilla to have possession, but they kept the visitors at bay and Courtois was barely troubled either. Lamela was at the heart of our attacking moves, while the hosts looked to win the ball back and break away at speed.

Modric scored early on but Lamela equalised early on in the second half

Jordán and Montiel were both booked in one of Madrid's better spells, as they had more possession but without ever threatening. Their best chance again fell to Modric, but Alex Telles was alert and was on hand to make a vital intervention. Rodrygo was also played in but Montiel shepherded the ball out for a goal kick. 

As for Sevilla, their first-half chances came from a Rakitic free-kick which was blocked by the wall, before Jesús Navas had an effort saved by Courtois. The half-time whistle followed a few minutes later, and Sampaoli's side were very much alive in the match. 

Our goal came from our first chance in the second half. Montiel won the ball back on the right-hand side and expertly slipped in Lamela, who poked the ball beyond Courtois with the outside of his foot. 

Sevilla had chances to take the lead after Lamela's goal

The team gained confidence after the goal and began to have chances, with Isco drilling into the side-netting at Lamela firing wide within five minutes of the equaliser. Sampaoli began to make changes at this point, with José Ángel replacing an injured Navas and Papu coming on for Óliver Torres.

However, the hosts took control of the clash at this point and it became much harder for Sevilla to make chances. Sampaoli continued to make attacking chances, particularly as he brought on Rafa Mir with fifteen minutes remaining. 

Within five minutes of that change, Ancelotti's side scored twice. A quick counter-attack in the 79th minute saw Vinicius lay the ball off for Lucas Vázquez to roll the ball home, before Valverde doubled their lead and killed the match off just two minutes later with a truly unstoppable strike. 

A defeat in the capital for Sevilla. However, the team must bounce back immediately, as the next game is in less than 72 hours, and it's a big one. Copenhagen are the visitors to the Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán in MD5 of the UEFA Champions League Group Stage, and the team have to win to secure European football after Christmas. They would confirm their place in the UEFA Europa League Knockout Round Play-Off, and it might also give them a chance of reaching the last 16 of the Champions League. 

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3. REAL MADRID: Courtois, Carvajal (Lucas Vázquez, 77'), Militao, Alaba (Nacho, 86'), Mendy (Rudiger, 77'), Kroos, Tchouameni (Camavinga, 65'), Modric (Asensio, 77'), Valverde, Vinicius Jr. and Rodrygo.

1. SEVILLA FC: Bono, Montiel, Gudelj, Marcao, Alex Telles, Joan Jordán, Rakitic (Delaney, 76'), Óliver Torres (Papu Gómez, 69), Jesús Navas (José Ángel, 66'), Isco (Rafa Mir, 76') and Lamela.

GOALS: 1-0, 6': Modric; 1-1, 54': Lamela; 2-1, 79': Lucas Vázquez; 3-1, 81': Valverde.

REFEREE: Alejandro Hernández Hernández. Bookings for Joan Jordán, Montiel, Tchouameni, Gudelj and Papu Gómez.