Stevan Jovetic’s late strike ends Real Madrid unbeaten run

A late strike from Stevan Jovetic for Sevilla saw Real Madrid’s unbeaten run in all competitions ended, with the goal sealing a late 2-1 comeback in La Liga for the Europa League winners.

Time was almost out when Jovetic clinched victory for the home team with a curling shot from outside the area. Madrid keeper Keylor Navas got a hand to the ball but failed to keep it out, and the goal would go on to mark Real’s first defeat after 40 games.

Real looked to be on a clear course for their 13th domestic league win of the season after Cristiano Ronaldo scored a joint-record 56th La Liga penalty in the 67th-minute.

But later on with minutes left in the game, a lifeline was inadvertently handed to Sevilla after their former player Sergio Ramos headed in to his own net, levelling the scores.

Afterwards, Jovetic’s fine strike after Real had lost the ball from a throw-in was celebrated wildly by the home fans in the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Sevilla’s manager, Jorge Sampaoli, praised his players’ determination after the match.

“After the [Real] penalty the team continued playing with conviction and courage,” he said. “The players won a very important game for the club.”

“We were able to beat an undefeated team. I feel a lot of emotion, every game is important here at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.”

Sampaoli himself proved to be a revelation since taking over at Sevilla last summer, since guiding Chile to Copa America success in 2015. His team has been notably imbued with traits of dedication and determination, as they gathered 12 wins from a total of 18 league matches.

It was also the first defeat for Zinedine Zidane and his team since 6 April. Their lead at the top of La Liga is down to just one point (also against Sevilla), although the Galacticos still possess a game in hand.

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