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Ramos Misses Penalty As Sevilla Edge Out Ronaldo-less Madrid

11 May 2018
Ramos Misses Penalty As Sevilla Edge Out Ronaldo-less Madrid

Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane denied giving up on LaLiga after his "weakened" side were found wanting in the defeat to Sevilla last night - leaving their second-place finish in doubt.

The former Sevilla man managed to miss a penalty, score an own goal, get himself book, and, ultimately, score a penalty in the space of about 35 minutes.

The visitors were awarded another penalty when Mercado was adjudged to have shoved Theo Hernandez inside the box, and Ramos fired home in the 95th minute. "Tomorrow we will be back to work, we have another game on Saturday [at home to Celta Vigo], and that's it".

There were a handful of regulars still in the lineup though, including captain Sergio Ramos, striker Karim Benzema and holding midfielder Casemiro. But he was focused on the game.

"We were good in first three quarters of the pitch, but we did nothing in the last 30 metres, nothing on the second line, nothing to worry the opponent".

Madrid made seven changes to their starting lineup on the back of the 2-2 draw with Barcelona last weekend - a result that moved them to within three points of second-placed Atletico Madrid. "Above all the first half, the second half we had better movement".

The likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Raphael Varane and Keylor Navas were all left out, as well as the injured Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal.

"When you look at the team we have put out, I think it's a team that could win". "Times have changed a lot since, but if it was up to me, I would have given the guard of honour to the team that has won the league".

It is a pity as these are the players who play less, but we can not reproach them, they almost turned it around at the end with the two goals.

"Every player I have is competent", he added.

Sevilla's final three games of the season sees them embroiled in a battle for the final Europa League place as the Andalusians are now sitting eighth in the table.