Real Madrid’s late equalizer sets 40-game unbeaten record

Karim Benzema’s late equalizer for Real Madrid against Sevilla meant that Los Blancos has now gone unbeaten for 40 games – breaking a record previously set by FC Barcelona.

In the Thursday’s Copa Del Rey round of 16 second leg visit to Sevilla, Real were trailing 3-1 in the 77th minute, but two late goals saw them steal a 3-3 draw, and advanced to the quarter-finals by 6-3 on aggregate.

The home side had taken the lead through a Danilo own goal, before 20-year-old midfielder Marco Asensio equalised after running the length of the pitch following a Sevilla corner.

But the hosts, hoping to match Real’s first leg goal advantage, regained the lead in the 54th minute when substitute Stevan Jovetic volleyed home right-footed eight minutes after coming on.

Vicente Iborra then pounced on a loose ball to add a third for the Europa League champions.

But as is his usual MO, Sergio Ramos roused the troops dragged his team back into the contest with a dinked penalty into the middle of the goal.

With seconds remaining, Marcelo fed Benzema in the area and the Frenchman struck a right-footed shot past the Sevilla goalkeeper David Soria as Real progressed to the quarter-finals with a 6-3 aggregate win.

Real have now won 31 games and drawn 9, scoring 115 goals and conceding 39 in the process. The club has now broke the previous record for a Spanish club of 39 unbeaten games in all competitions, set last season by archrivals Barcelona.

Their last defeat was in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League in April – before they went on to beat the Bundesliga club on aggregate score and win the European title eventually.

Real, four points clear of Sevilla at the top of La Liga, will face them again at the same venue on Sunday.

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