Real Madrid’s unbeaten start to the season was dramatically ended by Sevilla, who came from behind to claim a 3-2 win. Rafael Benitez’s side now head into the Clasico in two weeks time three points behind Barcelona following the defeat at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan – and the cost of the loss could be counted in more than just points.
Sergio Ramos aggravated an existing shoulder injury whilst scoring a sensational overhead kick opener, with Benitez forced to replace the defender with Raphael Varane. And without Ramos on the pitch Real Madrid capitulated.
The decision to hand Kiko Casilla a starting place in the lineup backfired for Los Blancos, with the away team’s defence clearly unsure with a different goalkeeper playing behind them. Keylor Navas – arguably Real Madrid’s best player so far this season – was missed in defeat. After dismal performances against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and now Sevilla, questions will be asked of Benitez’s team as they fall behind rivals Barcelona in the Liga title race.