Sevilla 0-1 Actual Madrid: Bounou blunder offers Zidane a welcome win
Zinedine Zidane might breathe a sigh of reduction as an personal aim from Yassine Bounou gave Actual Madrid a 1-0 win at Sevilla.
Madrid’s head coach has come underneath mounting strain after an unsteady begin to the season in LaLiga and within the Champions League.
His facet carved out loads of possibilities to beat Sevilla comfortably however couldn’t discover a decisive end, till the house facet’s goalkeeper ran out of luck within the second half.
Ferland Mendy’s low cross appeared certain to be turned house by Vinicius Junior, however he made solely the slightest of connections and the ball deflected in off Bounou, with Thibaut Courtois’ late save from Lucas Ocampos on the different finish securing a priceless victory.
1 – Yassine Bounou is the primary goalkeeper to attain an personal aim in LaLiga this season and the primary Sevilla goalkeeper to attain an personal aim within the competitors within the twenty first century. Misfortune.
— OptaJose (@OptaJose) December 5, 2020
Bruised by a midweek defeat to Shakhtar Donetsk that has put Madrid in a European pickle, Zidane wanted a reprieve going up towards former Los Blancos boss Julen Lopetegui at Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.
Madrid spurned an excellent first-minute probability when Rodrygo discovered Vinicius unmarked within the penalty space, however a low shot in direction of the far nook bounced simply extensive.
Bounou then virtually gifted Madrid an opener when his tried clearance rattled towards Vinicius and looped throughout aim.
Karim Benzema was ready to nod in from shut vary however was overwhelmed to the ball by defender Diego Carlos, who cushioned a header to the relieved Bounou.
Toni Kroos and Benzema went shut earlier than the break, however Sevilla’s resistance was ended on the Fifty fifth-minute mark.
Benzema’s intelligent cross picked out Mendy on the left, and his low centre ought to have been ideally suited for Vinicius however turned out to be removed from it for Bounou.
His head-in-hands second made Bounou the primary Sevilla goalkeeper to attain an personal aim in LaLiga within the twenty first century.
Suso went near a spectacular equaliser however despatched his shot simply too excessive, with Courtois grateful to see it zip off course, earlier than Madrid’s goalkeeper saved nicely from Ocampos’ acrobatic volley to seal the factors.
What does it imply? Pure reduction for Madrid
Madrid climbed to 3rd within the desk, no less than briefly, with this win that ought to give Zidane some succour. They have been comfortably the higher facet till Sevilla got here to life within the closing phases and commenced raining photographs on the guests’ aim.
Los Blancos had simply 36.9 per cent of possession, however as a counter-attacking pressure they appeared spectacular at occasions. With out being remotely classic, this was no less than efficient.
— Actual Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) December 5, 2020
Vinicius units up ‘Bono’ for giant fall
Vinicius, who performed three key passes and was concerned in additional duels (20) than every other Madrid participant, may owe an apology to Bounou – the goalkeeper who shares a nickname with U2’s frontman – as a result of the Madrid ahead actually ought to have completed the possibility himself.
Bounou appeared on the sting following an early mistake which just about led to Benzema scoring, and Vinicius’ feather contact maybe made what ought to have been a easy save from Mendy’s cross harder; you possibly can say the ball moved in mysterious methods.
Low cross mark for Casemiro
Casemiro’s passing accuracy within the first half was a dismal 61.9 per cent, and he received possession solely 5 occasions in comparison with conceding it on 14 events all through the 90 minutes.
His passing determine rose barely to 67.5 per cent by full-time, but it surely was a disappointing particular person show, whereas he rode his luck to keep away from a yellow card that may have saved him out of subsequent week’s derby with Atletico.
Key Opta Information
– Madrid have saved a clear sheet in consecutive LaLiga away video games towards Sevilla (W2) for the second time within the competitors’s historical past.
– Bounou is the one goalkeeper to attain an personal aim in LaLiga this season and the primary Sevilla goalkeeper to attain an personal aim within the competitors within the twenty first century.
– Madrid haven’t misplaced any of their 25 LaLiga fixtures with left-back Mendy within the beginning XI since final season (W18 D7), in contrast with their six defeats in 24 league video games with out him.
– Zidane has received eight video games in all competitions towards Sevilla (D1 L2), greater than towards every other opponent.
– Sevilla have misplaced consecutive video games with out scoring in all competitions for the primary time underneath Julen Lopetegui.
– Not one of the final 31 LaLiga conferences between Sevilla and Madrid have completed a draw, since a 2-2 in Could 2005.
– Sevilla tried simply three photographs within the opening 45 minutes, their lowest tally in a primary half of a sport at house this season in all competitions.
Sevilla go to Rennes within the closing spherical of Champions League group video games on Tuesday and are already assured of a last-16 place.
Madrid face a extra vital match at house towards Borussia Monchengladbach on Wednesday, when they could have to win to achieve the knockout stage.
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