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Real Madrid met against Sevilla and achieved an important victory to continue at the top of the standings for another week and put more pressure on Quique Setién in his debut on the bench in Barcelona. (Narration and statistics: Real Madrid 2-1 Sevilla)

Of course, Real Madrid won the victory with an unexpected hero. At least with a scorer more accustomed to other tasks but equally important. Casemiro ended the resistance of a good Sevilla that made things very difficult for the white team, especially in the first part.

The double of the Brazilian also serves to step on as hard in La Liga as Real Madrid did in the Spanish Super Cup and thus extend the great moment that Zinedine Zidane's team lives. The match began cold, but before the break a goal by De Jong annulled by the VAR caused the fire to drive him crazy in the second half.

Sevilla managed to tie, again De Jong, the first goal of Casemiro, but it was the Brazilian's afternoon and with a header to the net he got the final 2-1. Real Madrid had to sweat to win the Spanish team twice and get the precious loot for the classification.

Zidane always surprises with the lineups and he did it again against Sevilla. The French coach returned to 4-3-3 and opted for a trident formed by Lucas Vázquez, Rodrygo and Jovic. Three changes compared to the eleven won by the Spanish Super Cup and offered by Sergio Ramos before the match.

Sergio Ramos fell out of the lineup, as a precaution after his injury in Jeddah, Fede Valverde, sanctioned by the red in the final against Atleti, Isco and Mendy. The return to La Liga meant minutes for Lucas Vázquez and Marcelo after recovering from their respective injuries.

For its part, Lopetegui returned to Santiago Bernabéu a little more than a year after being dismissed. The Sevilla coach had a 4-3-3, although the main novelty was on the bench with the presence of En-Nesyri, the signed forward from Leganés in exchange for 20 million euros.

After a few first minutes of scoring, Real Madrid stretched but without precision in the final meters. Carvajal and Rodrygo were the ones who showed the greatest intensity, while Sevilla endorsed his image of a serious team in a place like Santiago Bernabéu.

The VAR wakes up to Madrid

The game was asleep until a De Jong goal voided by the VAR caused Real Madrid and Sevilla to wake up from lethargy. Martínez Munuera, after reviewing the images, decided to cancel the action due to Gudelj's lack of Militao in the blockade. The Brazilian followed the Dutch striker, but was completely obstructed by the presence of the player of the Hispanic team.

Thibaut Courtois tries to reach a high ball

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The success of the VAR 'saved' the team of Zidane, although the warning was for a Real Madrid that was being dominated by Sevilla. The whole of Lopetegui maniataban the whites to the point of making them fall into continuous inaccuracies. The gray afternoon in the capital of Spain infected a Real Madrid that did not emanate the same joy that only a week ago in Saudi Arabia.

The first half ended with more controversy than opportunities. Real Madrid needed more pace, but Zidane continued to rely on his initial approach. And the passing of the minutes proved him right, since the white team, finally, would find the way to the goal after the resumption.

'Pichichi Casemiro'

It was the 57th minute when Casemiro became a Real Madrid plunger. The usual 'sweeper', for his ability to recover balls, showed that he also has arrival and goal. The Brazilian fought hard for a ball that ended up winning and Jovic returned it with a delicious heel to define as a '9' against Vaclik.

Despite the 1-0, Zidane did not change his plan and decided to put Benzema and Vinicius through Jovic and Rodrygo. The French striker culminated the return day after losing the Super Cup due to injury. For the analysis is the role of Jovic at that time, where despite going from less to more has been unable to score.

However, I would not doubt much joy in the Santiago Bernabéu. De Jong, with a left-footed shot to the long stick, managed to beat Courtois in an isolated action that was preceded by a hand of Munir. The former Barcelona touched the ball with the handle when he fell to the ground and, it seems, that also when he got up. The regulations are clear, but this time the VAR fell on the side of Seville.

The encounter had gone mad. He went from nap to opportunities in both areas. And, as always, Real Madrid reigned in the uncontrolled. A Lucas Vázquez center from the right was headed by Casemiro to the net as if it were a center forward.

Casemiro celebrates his second goal against Sevilla

Casemiro celebrates his second goal against Sevilla

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Three goals from minute 57 to 69 and Real Madrid sending the score thanks to a Casemiro dressed as Hugo Sánchez. The Brazilian always appears in important matches and this one, against Sevilla and with the tight classification, was for La Liga. Imperial the '14' that was more '9' than ever. Used to do the dirty work for others to shine, 'Casemito' demonstrated the reason for his nickname in the white dressing room.

Real Madrid later managed to withstand Sevilla's envestidas well so as not to suffer excessively. En-Nesyri had the best chance for the boards, but his shot went wide. Before, a strong shot of Modric had also left off for a little.

And so it came to an end in a match in which Real Madrid showed that he is serious about La Liga and that he is now, after the Super Cup and the crisis of Barcelona, ​​the big favorite to take the title. The scorer Casemiro puts even more gasoline into a white locomotive that has started 2020 with a steady pace and full speed.

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