Spanish La Liga
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Real Madrid 2-1 Sevilla

Real Madrid
James Rodriguez headed in Marcelo's cross before going off injured

James Rodriguez went off with a broken metatarsal as Real Madrid moved four points clear at the top of La Liga with victory over Sevilla at the Bernabeu.

The Colombia midfielder will undergo surgery "in the coming hours", the European champions announced.

Carlo Ancelotti's side put themselves on course for a fourth successive league victory when James headed home.

His replacement, Jese Rodriguez, swept in a second before the break before Iago Aspas scored a consolation.

James is likely to miss Real Madrid's last-16 Champions League tie against Schalke on 18 February and 10 March.

Real have not dropped a point at home in the league since losing to Atletico Madrid in September.

The Madrid rivals meet again this weekend but Real will go into that game without James and Sergio Ramos - who also picked up an injury against Sevilla - although Cristiano Ronaldo will return after serving a two-match ban.

Vitolo threatened to give Sevilla an early lead when he drew a fine save out of Iker Casillas when clean through, before Real opened the scoring with their first real attack.

Marcelo swung in a cross into the middle and James, timing his run to perfection, was there to plant a header into the back of the net.

Vicente Iborra almost levelled when he rounded Casillas only to hit the post, before Real were dealt a blow when James had to be replaced by Jese.

However, Jese gave Real welcome breathing space when Isco worked the ball from midfield into the area where the substitute was on hand to sweep home.

Jese hit the post as Real started to find their rhythm, before fourth-placed Sevilla pulled one back late on when Aspas turned home after good work by Vitolo for his second goal in as many games.

Real Madrid
Real Madrid are the only team in Europe's major leagues to have scored in every game this season
James Rodriguez
James Rodriguez's goal was his eighth of the season
Jese Rodriguez
Jese scored his first La Liga goal since suffering a cruciate ligament injury last March

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 2VaraneBooked at 45mins
  • 4RamosSubstituted forNachoat 9'minutes
  • 12MarceloBooked at 60mins
  • 10RodríguezSubstituted forJeséat 27'minutes
  • 6Khedira
  • 8Kroos
  • 23IscoBooked at 86minsSubstituted forIllarramendiat 90'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 9Benzema

Substitutes

  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 15Carvajal
  • 16Borges
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Jesé
  • 24Illarramendi

Sevilla

  • 13BetoSubstituted forRicoat 35'minutes
  • 5FigueirasBooked at 41mins
  • 6Carrico MartinsBooked at 66mins
  • 15Kolodziejczak
  • 3Navarro CorbachoBooked at 42mins
  • 12Iborra
  • 4Krychowiak
  • 25MbiaBooked at 45mins
  • 18DeulofeuSubstituted forVidal Parreuat 54'minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 9BaccaSubstituted forIago Aspasat 67'minutes
  • 20Machín PérezBooked at 71mins

Substitutes

  • 14Iago Aspas
  • 17D Suárez
  • 22Vidal Parreu
  • 23Andújar Moreno
  • 24Arribas
  • 29Rico
  • 30Muñoz Muñoz
Referee:
Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva
Attendance:
67,126

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamSevilla
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home9
Away21

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 2, FC Sevilla 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, FC Sevilla 1.

Attempt missed. Daniel Carriço (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Nacho.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces Isco.

Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Vitolo (FC Sevilla).

Attempt blocked. Timothée Kolodziejczak (FC Sevilla) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Marcelo.

Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Sami Khedira.

Booking

Isco (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Isco (Real Madrid).

Offside, FC Sevilla. Timothée Kolodziejczak tries a through ball, but Vicente Iborra is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, FC Sevilla 1. Iago Aspas (FC Sevilla) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Vitolo.

Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Iker Casillas.

Attempt missed. Vicente Iborra (FC Sevilla) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Stéphane Mbia following a set piece situation.

Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

Grzegorz Krychowiak (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Aleix Vidal (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Marcelo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleix Vidal (FC Sevilla).

Foul by Álvaro Arbeloa (Real Madrid).

Vitolo (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Grzegorz Krychowiak (FC Sevilla).

Booking

Vitolo (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card.

Vitolo (FC Sevilla) has gone down, but that's a dive.

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, FC Sevilla. Iago Aspas replaces Carlos Bacca.

Booking

Daniel Carriço (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Daniel Carriço (FC Sevilla).

Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Fernando Navarro (FC Sevilla).

Attempt missed. Vicente Iborra (FC Sevilla) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Fernando Navarro with a cross.

Booking

Marcelo (Real Madrid) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Vitolo (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Stéphane Mbia.

Attempt missed. Vicente Iborra (FC Sevilla) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Fernando Navarro with a cross.

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