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Sevilla 2-3 Real Madrid

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo's treble takes him to 42 Liga goals in 32 matches this season

Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick helped Real Madrid beat Sevilla to stay in touch with La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Barca's 8-0 thrashing of Cordoba earlier put pressure on Real to get a result against a Sevilla side that had not lost at home since March 2014.

Ronaldo brought that 35-match unbeaten streak to an end as Real survived a few nervous moments after goals from Carlos Bacca and Vicente Iborra for Sevilla.

Real are two points behind Barca with three matches of the season left.

Ronaldo's sixth hat-trick of the campaign also took him past a long-standing club record of 28 hat-tricks held by Real legend Alfredo Di Stefano since 1964.

The Portugal forward put Real ahead in the 36th minute when he headed in Isco's cross from six yards out.

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Two minutes later the 30-year-old struck again as he poked in James Rodriguez's cross from the right flank.

On the stroke of half-time Real defender Sergio Ramos gave away a penalty with a needless foul, with Colombia striker Bacca drilling the spot-kick down the middle to make it 2-1.

Ronaldo restored the two-goal cushion with a superb looping header into the far corner from substitute Gareth Bale's pinpoint cross, only for Sevilla to hit back again.

A well-worked move allowed substitute Kevin Gameiro to find Aleix Vidal down the right who cut the ball back for Iborra to finish.

Sevilla pressed for an equaliser but Carlo Ancelotti's side, who have not won the league title since 2012, held on to secure the points.

Elsewhere, Real's city rivals Atletico Madrid were held to a 0-0 draw by Athletic Bilbao while Deportivo La Coruna came from behind to draw 1-1 with Villarreal.

Line-ups

Sevilla

  • 29Rico
  • 5FigueirasSubstituted forD Suárezat 70'minutes
  • 6Carrico MartinsBooked at 90mins
  • 15Kolodziejczak
  • 2TrémoulinasBooked at 87mins
  • 4KrychowiakSubstituted forIborraat 78'minutes
  • 25Mbia
  • 22Vidal ParreuBooked at 90mins
  • 19Banega
  • 10ReyesBooked at 67mins
  • 9BaccaSubstituted forGameiroat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Navarro Corbacho
  • 7Gameiro
  • 12Iborra
  • 17D Suárez
  • 20Machín Pérez
  • 23Andújar Moreno
  • 33Soria Solís

Real Madrid

  • 1Casillas
  • 15CarvajalBooked at 51mins
  • 3Pepe
  • 2Varane
  • 12MarceloSubstituted forArbeloaat 88'minutes
  • 10Rodríguez
  • 4RamosBooked at 45mins
  • 8Kroos
  • 23IscoSubstituted forIllarramendiat 84'minutes
  • 14HernándezSubstituted forBaleat 66'minutes
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 5da Silva Coentrão
  • 11Bale
  • 13Navas
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Rodríguez Ruiz
  • 24Illarramendi
Referee:
José Luis González González
Attendance:
39,689

Match Stats

Home TeamSevillaAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home18
Away14
Shots on Target
Home5
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Sevilla 2, Real Madrid 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Sevilla 2, Real Madrid 3.

  3. Post update

    Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

  4. Booking

    Aleix Vidal (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card.

  5. Booking

    Daniel Carriço (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Daniel Carriço (FC Sevilla).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid).

  9. Post update

    Éver Banega (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Vicente Iborra (FC Sevilla) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Denis Suárez with a through ball.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Vicente Iborra (FC Sevilla) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Reyes.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. James Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Arbeloa replaces Marcelo.

  16. Booking

    Benoît Trémoulinas (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Benoît Trémoulinas (FC Sevilla).

  19. Post update

    Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Pepe.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Denis Suárez (FC Sevilla) left footed shot from very close range is blocked.

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