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 forRodríguez Ruizat 27'minutes
  • 6Khedira
  • 8Kroos
  • 23IscoBooked at 86minsSubstituted forIllarramendiat 90'minutes
  • 11Bale
  • 9Benzema

Substitutes

  • 13Navas
  • 14Hernández
  • 15Carvajal
  • 16Borges
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Real Madrid 2, FC Sevilla 1.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Nacho.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces Isco.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Vitolo (FC Sevilla).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Marcelo.

  10. Post update

    Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Sami Khedira.

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

    Hand ball by Isco (Real Madrid).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. 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.

  16. Post update

    Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Iker Casillas.

  17. Post update

    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.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Karim Benzema (Real Madrid).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Booking

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 4th February 2015

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