Match ends, FC Sevilla 2, Real Madrid 3.
Sevilla 2-3 Real Madrid
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.
|Spanish title race - remaining fixtures|
|9 May||Real Sociedad (H)||Valencia (H)|
|16/17 May||Atletico Madrid (A)||Espanyol (A)|
|23/24 May||Deportivo (H)||Getafe (H)|
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.
- 5FigueirasSubstituted forD Suárezat 70'minutes
- 6Carrico MartinsBooked at 90mins
- 2TrémoulinasBooked at 87mins
- 4KrychowiakSubstituted forIborraat 78'minutes
- 22Vidal ParreuBooked at 90mins
- 10ReyesBooked at 67mins
- 9BaccaSubstituted forGameiroat 78'minutes
- 3Navarro Corbacho
- 17D Suárez
- 20Machín Pérez
- 23Andújar Moreno
- 33Soria Solís
- 15CarvajalBooked at 51mins
- 12MarceloSubstituted forArbeloaat 88'minutes
- 4RamosBooked at 45mins
- 23IscoSubstituted forIllarramendiat 84'minutes
- 14HernándezSubstituted forBaleat 66'minutes
- 7Cristiano Ronaldo
- 5da Silva Coentrão
- 20Rodríguez Ruiz
- José Luis González González
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, FC Sevilla 2, Real Madrid 3.
Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.
Aleix Vidal (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card.
Daniel Carriço (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Daniel Carriço (FC Sevilla).
Foul by Asier Illarramendi (Real Madrid).
Éver Banega (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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.
Attempt missed. Vicente Iborra (FC Sevilla) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Reyes.
Foul by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).
Reyes (FC Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Real Madrid. James Rodríguez tries a through ball, but Gareth Bale is caught offside.
Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Arbeloa replaces Marcelo.
Benoît Trémoulinas (FC Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
James Rodríguez (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Benoît Trémoulinas (FC Sevilla).
Corner, FC Sevilla. Conceded by Pepe.
Attempt blocked. Denis Suárez (FC Sevilla) left footed shot from very close range is blocked.