Sevilla 1-0 Real Madrid Analysis
Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, Seville
MATCH IN A SENTENCE: Piotr Trochowski stunned Real Madrid with a goal after just 69 seconds and the champions were lucky to have not had two players sent off over such a pitiful 90 minutes that Madrid manager Jose Mourinho remarked in his post-match press conference that he didn't "have a team.”
KEY MOMENT: Madrid’s frustrations grew and grew as they searched for an answer to Trochowski’s opener, scored after less than two minutes at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
Sevilla had begun quickly and nearly found the back of the net straight away as Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas fumbled the ball and had to react quickly to deny Alvaro Negredo. But the hosts took the lead just seconds later when Trochowski, having lost Angel Di Maria in the goal-mouth, directed a corner kick into the top of the net from 10 yards out.
It all went pear-shaped for Madrid from there, and both Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain were lucky to have not been ejected later in the first half for needless fouls.
FROM HERE: With Saturday’s win Sevilla remain unbeaten on the season and are currently third in the standings behind Barcelona and Malaga. They’ll visit Deportivo la Coruna next Monday and will host Barcelona on September 29.
Madrid, with the loss, are now eight points adrift of Barcelona and will turn their attention to the Champions League where they’ll be hosting Manchester City on Tuesday. Their next league match will be played away to Rayo Vallecano next Sunday.
DIFFERENCE MAKER: Fernando Navarro. The Sevilla left-back did a job and then some on Di Maria in the first half (the Argentine was substituted at the break) and his last-ditch intervention on what looked to be a Cristiano Ronaldo tap-in with nine minutes to play preserved the three points for his side.