Anyone who believed Real Madrid would take their foot off the accelerator for the last four matches of the season was sorely mistaken. In a display of stellar football, the Whites trampled Sevilla at the Sanchez Pizjuan on Saturday night. Cristiano Ronaldo scored four times to move top in the league scoring table.
Donning their all black visitor's kit, Real Madrid had three scoring opportunities in the first twelve minutes of the match. It was just a matter of time before they would break the deadlock. Then on 20', Ozil swung in a corner kick and Sergio Ramos beat out Cristiano in getting a head to the ball and beating the keeper. Ronaldo sent a ball off the post two minutes later, but he didn't take long in getting his name on the scoresheet. Marcelo received the ball at the top of the box on 30' and curled it to Pepe at the opposite side. The Portuguese out-jumped the defender and headered it to Cristiano, who controlled and fired into the back of the net.
But the goal of the night came off the boots of Kaka. The Brazilian found Ozil charging into the left side of the box, the German tapped the ball right back and Kaka curled a low shot past the left side of the keeper for his seventh of the season.
Sevilla pressured after the restart and were hansomely rewarded. The hosts pulled one back on 61’ when Negredo got the best of Casillas following a pass by Romaric. But Real Madrid answered back four minutes later. Negredo passed to a defender at the top of the penalty area, Cristiano Ronaldo pick pocketed the ball following a miscue by the Sevillista and put the ball into the back of the potato sack. Cristiano wrapped up his hat-trick only five minutes later. The forward beat the offside trap at the midfield line, galloped towards the goal with no defender in sight and punched the ball under Javi Varas.
Just when you thought Real would take their foot off the gas, Ozil sent a deep ball into Sevilla territory and Benzema chased it down just before it crossed the byline. The striker curled a low pass into the middle of the box and Cristiano met it cleanly for the team’s sixth of the night. The same can be said for Sevilla, who instead of throwing in the towel continued to attack the Madridista goal. With little over six minutes left to play, Negredo successfully got his head to a corner kick to make it 2-6. The score does justice to the football displayed at the Sanchez Pizjuan and the stellar performance of Cristiano Ronaldo, who had his way with Sevilla.
Sevilla : Javi Varas, Julien Escudé, Federico Fazio, Fernando Navarro, Sergio Sánchez, Didier Zokora, Gary Medel, Diego Capel, Romaric, Álvaro Negredo, Frederic Kanoute
Real Madrid : Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Álvaro Arbeloa, Xabi Alonso, Lassana Diarra, Karim Benzema, Ricardo Kaká, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Özil