Sevilla have blown La Liga title race wide open after beating Real Madrid 2-1 on Sunday to end the Champions League winners 40-match unbeaten run. With the win, Jorge Sampaoli’s side are now just one point behind Real in La Liga, albeit Real have a game in hand.
The hero for Sevilla on Sunday was on-loan striker Stevan Jovetic, whose stoppage time goal secured an enthralling 2-1 comeback win for Sevilla.
Cristiano Ronaldo gave Zinedine Zidane’s side the lead from the penalty spot after 67 minutes, finding the bottom corner of the net following a reckless foul on Dani Carvajal from goalkeeper Sergio Rico.
Former Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic ended Real Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten run with a late winner for Sevilla after Sergio Ramos had put through his own net to turn the most dramatic of games on its head.
But then Sergio Ramos, whose goal in midweek had knocked Sevilla out of the cup, powered a powered a header past his own keeper much to the delight of the home supporters who booed every touch by Ramos throughout the game.
Real Madrid’s 40-match unbeaten streak had been built on late goals, but this time the tables were turned as the Inter Milan striker swept home in winner in injury time?
Despite being in second place, can we really view Sevilla as title contenders? Yes, but their margin for error is much smaller than it is for Barcelona and Real Madrid.
If Sevilla are to win the title they need to improve their away record. They have only won four of their nine away matches this season, and have picked up five less points away from home than Barcelona.
The big advantage Sevilla has is their home form this season. The 24 points they have picked up at home this season is the best in La Liga, and is a massive six points more than Barcelona.
Do you think that Sevilla can win the title this year?