Jan 12, 2017 at 8.15pm UK at ​Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
Sevilla
3-3
Real Madrid
Danilo (10' og.), Jovetic (53'), Iborra (77')
Mercado (7'), Iborra (61'), Jovetic (71')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Asensio (48'), Ramos (83' pen.), Benzema (93')
Vazquez (13'), Kovacic (62'), Casilla (71'), Casemiro (83'), Marcelo (87')

Live Commentary: Sevilla 3-3 Real Madrid - as it happened

Zinedine Zidane looks on during the UEFA Champions League match between AS Roma and Real Madrid on February 17, 2016
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Relive Sports Mole's live text commentary as Sevilla do battle with Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey.

Real Madrid came from two goals down to draw 3-3 at Sevilla in the Copa del Rey and extended their unbeaten run to 40 matches.

A first-half own-goal from Danilo and second-half strikes from Stevan Jovetic and Vicente Iborra had put Sevilla into a 3-1 lead with 13 minutes left.

However, a Sergio Ramos penalty and a 93rd-minute Karim Benzema effort ensured that Real won the tie 6-3 on aggregate.

Relive all the action with Sports Mole's commentary.


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7.16pmHello and thank you for joining us for the second-leg of this Copa del Rey tie between Sevilla and Real Madrid. While Real are likely to play a much-changed side after building a 3-0 lead in the Spanish capital last week, Los Rojiblancos are hoping to produce a stirring comeback this evening.

7.20pmHowever, Sevilla will also have the chance to maintain their largely promising form of recent weeks ahead of their La Liga game against Los Merengues this Sunday evening.

7.21pmHistory, as well as the aggregate scoreline, would suggest that the hosts are very much up against it. They have not knocked Los Blancos out of the competition since 1955, although on that occasion, the Sevillistas thrashed Real 5-0 in the second-leg! What would they give for a similar scoreline tonight?

7.22pmThat said, Sampaoli's side have not been shy in front of goal, scoring 20 in their last five outings, including a 4-0 win at Real Sociedad last weekend.

7.24pmAs mentioned, we are expecting a much-changed Real lineup, so without further ado, let's bring you the team news from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

7.28pmSEVILLA XI: Soria, Rami, Lenglet, Mercado, Escudero, Sarabia, Iborra, Kranevitter, Correa, Ben Yedder, Vietto

REAL MADRID XI: Casilla, Danilo, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Asensio, Vazquez, Morata, Diaz Meija


7.32pmWell, there are still a few surprises on both sides in terms of selection. Although Real have named just six substitutes this evening, Karim Benzema is one of them. He was expected to miss out altogether. Of course, messers Bale, Ronaldo and Modric are sidelined, while James is absent with a calf problem. Toni Kroos is also starting in the centre of midfield. I would have expected Kovacic to play from the beginning, but he is on the bench.

7.36pmFor Sevilla, it is noticable that they have plenty of firepower on the bench waiting to come on. Nasri, Vitolo and Jovetic are among the replacements. Although Sampaoli has suggested that his team are not giving up on this tie, I wonder if the Chilean is hedging his bets ahead of the La Liga encounter on Sunday. Los Rojiblancos still have enough to worry the visitors. Vietto and one-time Sunderland forward Wissam Ben Yedder will provide the attacking threat.

7.38pmAs mentioned, Sampaoli is certainly talking the talk when it comes to plotting a comeback in this tie. However, the 56-year-old coach admits that the odds are stacked in favour of Real.

He told the club's official website: "Hopefully we can give people what they want to see, but I will not make promises that cannot be met.

"I hope we have a very good night to achieve a result against an opponent which is one of the best in the world today."


7.43pmSimilarly, Zidane is adamant that his team are focused for tonight's clash, despite the hefty advantage.

"The idea is that everyone is important. Although we have won 3-0 in the first-leg, we're always going to use our heads and respect everyone," he told reporters this week.

"From here to the end of the season, we'll have difficult matches - this is one of them and we'll always have to fight."


7.49pmSevilla give a debut to January signing Clement Lenglet. The French defender is only 21, but caught the eye of the Andalusians for his performances for Nancy in Ligue 1. He will play alongside fellow countryman Adil Rami this evening. Their other recent signing, Stevan Jovetic is one the bench.

7.53pmUPDATE: Two other ties have taken place this evening. Celta Vigo have completed a comfortable aggregate victory over Valencia. They beat Los Che 2-1 in Galicia. Eibar, who were three up on Osasuna from the first-leg, have played out a goalless draw against the Basques. Apparently, neither side could manage a shot at goal in the first half of that encounter.

7.56pmTonight's game is also a chance for Real youngster Mariano Diaz Mejia to put his name up the pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu, the 23-year-old will make his seventh senior appearance for the club and has scored four goals in three Copa del Rey outings for Los Blancos.

8.05pmHowever, despite Real shuffling the pack somewhat, they are out to preserve and extend a 39-game unbeaten record against Sevilla. Their record against Los Rojiblancos would suggest that they can extend that record. Madrid have won 96 of the 179 previous clashes between the teams, the Sevillistas have registered 54 victories in that time.

8.07pmZidane's side are also hoping to avoid a rare Copa del Rey tie against the Andalusians. They have not lost a cup tie against them for 51 years.

8.09pmPREDICTION: With kickoff nearing at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan, it is time for a prediction and who am I to bet against a side unbeaten in 39 games. I'm not sure they will win tonight as Sevilla have been largely formidable at home. I'll pluck for an exciting 2-2 draw, although I can't say whether that prediction is in hope or expectation.

8.12pmWell, Sevilla fans are certainly hopeful of a dramatic comeback. There a very few empty seats in the stadium tonight.

1 minKICKOFF: The second of three meetings in 12 days between the two sides is underway.

1 minSHOT! Already gasps at the Sanchez Pizjuan as Escudero thumps one goalwards from the left side of the box. Casilla punches firmly and he had to!

3 minHowls from the locals as the urge Casilla to get on with a free kick. What would an early do for their optimism?

4 minReal's first meaningful spell in posession. Asensio brings the ball out of defence. Eventually, the visitors squander the ball and Sevilla will go again.

6 minSAVE! Another stop from Casilla as he turns Correa low left-footed shot away from goal. It was a meek effort in fairness.

7 minYELLOW CARD: Kroos is pulled back blatantly by Mercado who goes into the book. He hardly needed the German gestures to the referee for a card!

10 minGOAL! Sevilla 1-0 Real Madrid (Danilo o.g)

11 minWell, I said an early goal might whip the crowd in more of a frenzy (if that's possible). It appears to be diving header by Danilo into his own net. The Brazilian won't look back on that finish with any fondness. Game on!

12 minSAVE! Real nearly find an instant response. Asensio is set up by Casemiro, but brings a diving save out of Soria.

13 minYELLOW CARD: Vazquez into the book now for a late challenge on Escudero. Frenetic start here in southern Spain!

15 minVazquez again in the action as Soria punches a Kroos free kick into his path on the edge of the box. His effort was less of a shot and more a rugby union conversion.

17 minReplays of the goal show just how bad an own goal Danilo managed to score. The best strikers in Europe would've been happy with that heading technique.

20 minBen Yedder wastes a great attacking opportunity. He has Vietto in support only for the former Toulouse to deliver a stinker of a pass. Sevilla have had about 60% of possession so far. They are definitely showing their intent early on.

23 minAnother great chance for Sevilla is missed. Ben Yedder is flagged offside with teammates in support. He was only millimetres offside, it at all!

24 minCLOSE! Moments later and Real are almost level in strange circumstances. Soria takes a swing at a clearance with Diaz Mejia closing down. The youngster blocks his kick and the deflection is inches away from nestling in the net.

26 minNow Diaz Mejia thumps the ball into the back of the net. The offside flag is late in making an appearance, but it's clearly the right decision.

28 minSAVE! A third save in this half from Casilla from Ben Yedder's powerful shot. Correa played him in after a quickly taken free kick.

29 minSAVE! A fourth stop from the Real keeper. This time its comfortably gathered low down from Correa's effort.

31 minNacho saves his team this time with a last-ditch clearance. I think the ball into the box came from Sarabia, but Iborra was lying in wait if the defender didn't connect.

33 minVietto is rolling around on the floor after Casemiro's firm but fair tackle. The midfielder needed to make the challenge with Ben Yedder in acres of space, waiting for the defence-splitting pass.

35 minSampaoli is now bashing the top of his dugout after Ben Yedder fails to control as incisive ball from Vietto. He managed to get a touch on his long ball only to lose control and concede a goal kick.

38 minJovetic goes out the warm up on the touchline. He could be called upon in the latter stages if Sevilla need late goals.

40 minThe hosts are happy to be patient in their build-up play. The have almost exclusively owned the ball for the last two minutes before Vietto's shot drift well wide.

42 minAsensio is found offside. He's not happy and runs in the direction of the referee. He looks to be onside and that's a fair few that the linesmancould have let go.

44 minCLOSE! As we approach the interval. Real's best chance of the opening period so far comes and goes. Kroos plays a one-two with Diaz Mejia and his left-footed shot curls wide of Soria's left post.

45 minOne minute of added time. Jovetic is stripped and ready to come on, although I'm not sure who is making way.

45 minSEVILLA SUB: Jovetic is on in place of Correa. I think Casemiro's challenge has caused that injury to the midfielder.

45+1 minHALF TIME: Sevilla 1-0 Real Madrid

9.02pmWell, I think the home side have been full value for that lead. They have fashioned more clear cut chances and Casilla has been far busier that either he or Zidane would like. It seems like Jorge Sampaoli really hadn't given up on this tie.

9.05pmSTATS: Sevilla have shaded possession in the opening 45 minutes (52%), but that number was in the low-to-mid 60s earlier, which suggests that Real have managed to get more of a foot on the ball. Madrid had seven shots at goal to the hosts' six, but only hit the target once. Almost all of the saves were made by Kiko Casilla in that half.

9.07pmBENCH WATCH Well, we've already seen Jovetic come on for the hosts. If Los Rojiblancos are still looking for goals, it may be down to the likes of Samir Nasri and Vitolo in the dying stages. Of course, Real could turn to Karim Benzema as the game goes on.

9.10pmDanilo's own goal was Real's first since March 2013 when Sergio Ramos turned one into his own net at Old Trafford in 2013 in a 2-1 Champions League win against Manchester United.

45 minKICKOFF: We're back underway at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

46 minCHANCE! Diaz Mejia snatches at a shot from the edge of the area. Great build-up play from the visitors, but a slack start from the hosts.

48 minGOAL! Sevilla 1-1 Real Madrid (Asensio)

49 minWhat a goal! Asensio runs the length of the pitch after a Sevilla attack breaks down. Kranevitter committs to a challenge he can't make and the forward before sending the ball through Soria's legs. Is that the goal which puts Real through?

51 minA Sarabia free kick comes to nothing and suddenly time isn't on the hosts' side. They need four goals without reply to go through. As it stands, Madrid will also go 40 games without defeat!

53 minGOAL! Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid (Jovetic)

54 minWell, there is one of the goals they need. Escudero's cross reaches the Inter loanee and his right-footed strike is rifled in. They just won't give in!

55 minSEVILLA SUB: Another attacking change as Nasri is introduced. Vietto is the player to make way.

58 minREAL SUB: It looks as though the visitors will change to a 4-2-3-1 as Kovacic comes on in place of Diaz Mejia.

60 minLos Blancos attack again through the rampaging Kovacic. Eventually it's Sarabia who intercepts the ball before Kroos lines up a shot at goal.

62 minYELLOW CARD: Iborra needs to watch himself, he fouls Ramos clearly, but I can't help but think that he talked himself into a booking there.

64 minSAVE! Casilla is involved yet again as he saves with his feet from Jovetic. Just before that Kovacic was the second Real player to be booked.

65 minCLOSE! This game has been all action from the start. Sarabia's cross is inch-perfect, but Ben Yedder has missed again with a header, which drifts wide.

66 minSEVILLA SUB: The hosts' final change sees Vitolo come on. It's Mercado who has come off for Sampaoli's men. No shortage of attacking talent on the pitch for Sevilla.

69 minJovetic is penalised for a handball. His Chilean manager on the sidelines is not convinced by the decision. Just over 20 minutes left in this fascinating encounter.

71 minCarvajal gets an important block to Nasri's shot before Escudero strike flies narrowly wide of the target. Sevilla are still trying to reduce the arrears.

71 minYELLOW CARD: Casilla earns a yellow as he takes an age over a goal kick.

72 minYELLOW CARD: Now, Jovetic makes it onto the referee increasingly crowded notepad. He knocks over Danilo and doesn't complain about the decision too much.

75 minJovetic is again involved as he takes a shot at goal. Can he and Sevilla make a late push to claw back the deficit?

77 minGOAL! Sevilla 3-1 Real Madrid (Iborra)

78 minThey've got another goal back! Surely, Sevilla can't win this tie, can they? It's Iborra on the scoresheet with a close-range finish into the bottom corner. Nervous moments for Real.

80 minIn amongst the excitement and Sevilla fans apparently singing "Will Grigg's on Fire", I forgot to mention that Benzema snuck onto the pitch. Cheeky little scamp! Morata is the player to be replaced.

82 minPENALTY TO REAL!

83 minGOAL! Sevilla 3-2 Real Madrid (Ramos, pen)

84 minWell, let's start at the beginning. Kranevitter practices his sumo technique by pushing Casemiro to the floor. A strange decision from the midfielder. Ramos steps up to take the spot kick and dinks the ball down the middle to score. He taunts the fans of his former club for good measure. I think that's game over!

87 minCHANCES! Now Sevilla push for a fourth goal. First Jovetic is producing yet another save from Casilla. A minute or so later and Lenglet is denied a debut goal by the foot of the post.

88 minYELLOW CARD: Now, it's Marcelo into the book for a challenge on Sarabia.

90 minThree minutes of stoppage time left at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan...

90+1 minMinutes after getting himself a yellow card, Marcelo tries to dig out an equaliser. His left-footed shot has plenty of venom, although it lacks in accuracy.

90+3 minGOAL! Sevilla 3-3 Real Madrid (Benzema)

90+3 minAmazing! At one stage, Real were in danger of succumbing to a late Sevilla rally, but Benzema's brilliant run and well-taken shot have all but made sure that Madrid will go 40 games without defeat.

90+3 minFULL TIME: Sevilla 3-3 Real Madrid

10.09pmA great game and a great effort from Sevilla. They deserved to win, but Real hung in and extend their unbeaten run to 40 games. Los Rojiblancos will get another chance to end that run on Sunday and we will on hand to bring you all the action from 6.45pm. However, for now it's Madrid who are the last team into the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey. Keep is touch with all the latest news and gossip from around planet football with Sports Mole. For now, it's good night from me.

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