Casemiro tried the unlikely hero for Real Madrid as his second-half double tried enough to check off Julen Lopetegui’s urban center.
Real Madrid moved 3 points further from Barcelona at the top of LaLiga as Casemiro’s double earned a hard-fought 2-1 win over Sevilla at Santiago Bernabeu.
Fresh from their penalty shootout conclusion over Atletico Madrid within the Supercopa de Espana, injury-hit Madrid were mostly underwhelming till a flash of quality from Casemiro broke the deadlock shortly before the hour on Saturday.
Indeed, Sevilla thought that they had taken the lead through Luuk de Jong’s header midway through the first half, however Julen Lopetegui’s luck was out against his former club as var came to Los Blancos’ rescue.
De Jong did have his goal once he curled in an exceedingly excellent strike from the sting of the area once sixty four minutes, just for Casemiro to double his tally 5 minutes later as Madrid claimed the points.
After a promising run from Rodrygo Goes came to nothing, Toni Kroos had the first sighter of the match, curling a first-time effort tamely into the arms of Tomas Vaclik.
Madrid fleetly took control, however lacked innovative up high and relied on var to keep them on level terms with half-hour vie once de Jong’s header was disallowed for Nemanja Gudelj barricading Eder Militao, a lot of to Lopetegui’s chagrin.
But Casemiro took matters into his own hands within the 57th minute, lifting a deft end over Vaclik once racing onto Luka Jovic’s clever flick.
Karim Benzema and Vinicius Jnr were introduced as Zinedine Zidane looked to emphasize their advantage, nonetheless it absolutely was Sevilla who stricken next – de Jong’s glorious end into the left-hand corner allowed to stand despite an apparent handball from Munir El Haddadi.
Parity was short lived, however, and Casemiro created no mistake once he was left unmarked in the space to move home from Lucas Vazquez’s cross, with a fine save from Vaclik preventing Kroos from adding a 3rd late on.
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