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Real Madrid step up in Seville

Astrong defensive performance helped Real Madrid snap their two-match losing streak with a 0-1 victory over Sevilla on Saturday afternoon at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan.

The lone goal of the day came on a Sevilla own goal, with Vinicius Junior forcing the error from home goalkeeper Bono, but the story of the day was the solidity displayed by Real Madrid at the back after having struggled in their previous outings against Alaves and Shakhtar Donetsk.

The result lifts Los Blancos to third in the LaLiga table going into next week's Madrid derby against Atletico.

Zinedine Zidane started the young Brazilian duo of Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius up front with Karim Benzema, meaning Marco Asensio was on the bench, while Casemiro returned to the midfield, along with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

Real Madrid had the better start between the two sides, with Rodrygo and Vinicius giving the attack a spark, in addition to an early chance for Kroos, but nothing that could ripple Bono's net through the first half-hour.

Zidane's men carved out their best scoring opportunity shortly before half time with a smart dummy from Vinicius setting up Benzema, whose curling shot forced a fingertip save from Bono.

Sevilla looked to take control to start the second stanza, but some fine play from Benzema would ultimately allow Vinicius to swoop in and force an own goal for a 0-1 Real Madrid lead.

The French striker dropped into midfield to receive a pass and played a ball out wide left to Ferland Mendy, whose cross connected with Vinicius in front of the onrushing Bono, who while trying to save the Brazilian's shot, ended up sending it into his own net.

Zidane's first substitution came midway through the half, with Asensio on to replace Rodrygo to provide a bit more stability and strength in defence.

Sevilla weren't having much luck penetrating the Real defence, but still had a couple looks from outside the area, first on a free-kick from Nemanja Gudelj and then a Suso attempt, both efforts sailing wide.

The final chance at equalizing for Sevilla came minutes from full-time when Lucas Ocampos had an open overhead kick, but goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was alert and made the stop to secure the clean sheet.

Match Sheet:

0.- Sevilla: Bono; Jesus Navas, Kounde, Diego Carlos (Idrissi, min. 80), Rekik; Fernando, Jordan (Gudelj, min. 64), Rakitic (En-Nesyri, min. 64); Ocampos, Munir (Oliver Torres, min. 46), De Jong (Suso, min. 64).

1.- Real Madrid: Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Rodrygo (Asensio, min. 66), Vinicius, Benzema.

Goals: 0-1, min. 56: Vinicius.

Referee: Sanchez Martinez (Murcian).

Yellow cards: Kroos (Min. 44) for Real Madrid, Modric (Min. 60) for Real Madrid, Gudelj (Min. 76) for Sevilla, Vinicius (Min. 89) for Real Madrid.

Red cards: None.

Stadium: Sanchez Pizjuan.

Attendance: 0.

Source: Marca / Arch Bell

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