The title race in Spain took yet another twist on Sunday night as Real Madrid dropped points at home to Sevilla in a 2-2 draw. Los Blancos would have knocked Atletico off the top with a win at Valdebebas but instead needed a fortunate stoppage-time strike just to grab a point.
Fernando opened the scoring for the visitors midway through the first half but Sevilla were pegged back after the break when Marco Asensio equalized for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
A wild sequence of events then saw Karim Benzema brought down in the area by goalkeeper Bono, only for a VAR check to award Sevilla a penalty at the other end for a handball by Eder Militao moments previously.
Sevilla’s midfielder Ivan Rakitic slotted home the spot-kick to make it 2-1 on 78 minutes and offer Sevilla hope of a precious win.
Julen Lopetegui’s side managed to hold on in normal time but then faced an extra six minutes of stoppage time and a late Diego Carlos own goal earned a point for Real Madrid against Sevilla as the defending champions were denied top spot in La Liga.
Toni Kroos’ shot in the 94th minute deflected in off Carlos as Real levelled for a second time to go two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid.
The result means Atletico stays top on 77 points and remains two clear of Real Madrid and Barcelona with now just three games left to play. Sevilla were denied a victory that would have taken them within four points of the lead and Julen Lopetegui’s side now look out of contention, sitting six points off the pace.
On Saturday, leaders Atletico protected their two-point lead at the top of La Liga with a goalless draw at Barcelona.
As the weeks go the La Liga title race seems to be more nail-biting with any of the three teams having a shot at lifting the silverware. This weekend could have given us a clear view of could have had a better chance at having a shot at it but