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Watch: Hazard's goal hands Real Madrid lifeline

Watch: Kroos' 94th minute deflected strike hands Real Madrid lifeline in La Liga title chase

May 9, 2021 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
Los Blancos almost had their title pursuit ruined but for a late strike that has kept their hopes alive.

First it was Toni Kroos' goal, then it was Diego Carlos' own-goal and now it has been given to Eden Hazard but whatever it was, Real Madrid were given a lifeline in their title chase as a result of Sunday's draw with Sevilla. Los Blancos were virtually seconds from falling to a defeat which would have ruined their hopes of potentially defending their status as current champions but were handed an opportunity to continue in their pursuit with the game finishing 2-2. 

Zinedine Zidane's men thought they had had the breakthrough earlier in the first half but had Karim Benzema's 12th minute strike chalked off by VAR after Alvaro Odriozola was caught to be offside in the build-up. Soon after, the hosts were put at a disadvantage with Fernando expertly sloting home the game's opener to put Sevilla ahead. 

Marco Asensio restored parity 22 minutes after play had resumed for the second half before a controversial penalty awarded in favor of the visitors put the Real Madrid behind once again. Eder Militao's arm hit the ball from a Sevilla corner but the referee failed to whistle for an infringement immediately. That allowed Benzema to start and finish a counter-attack, and in an attempt to get past Bono, was brought down in the opponent's penalty box. Following a VAR check to confirm the validity of the Frenchman's claim for a spot-kick, the referee rather overturned the decision and, awarded a penalty to Sevilla for Militao's handball which Ivan Rakitic converted.

Real Madrid pressed on for an equalizer once more and, in the 94th-minute, they were rewarded accordingly after Toni Kroos' shot deflected off Eden Hazard and Diego Carlos past Bono. With the result, Zidane's men were denied ascension into first place owning to the fact that rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid had previously drawn against each other. With three games left of the season to play, Los Blancos are two points behind Diego Simeone's side and will hope that their cross-town rivals slip at a point.


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