Sport

Real lucky with injury-time deflected goal by Benzema

RECORD GOAL: Real Madrid's French striker Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring to give his club a 3-all draw and a record 40 games without defeat.
RECORD GOAL: Real Madrid's French striker Karim Benzema celebrates after scoring to give his club a 3-all draw and a record 40 games without defeat. JULIO MUNOZ

FOOTBALL: Real Madrid's French striker Karim Benzema scored with the last kick of the game to give Real Madrid a 3-all draw with Sevilla and a Spanish club record.

Benzema's deflected goal at Sevilla booked Real's place in the last eight of the Copa del Rey and set a record of 40 games without defeat, passing the mark set by Luis Enrique's Barcelona.

Zinedine Zidane's men have not lost since a 2-0 defeat at Wolfsburg in the Champions League last season. Since then they have had 30 wins and 10 draws in all competitions.

Real's draw gave the club a 6-3 aggregate win over Sevilla.

With Real enjoying a 3-0 advantage from the first leg, Zidane rested stars Cristiano Ronaldo and Luka Modric, making their safety a priority over continuing the streak.

The tactic looked to have come undone when after nine minutes Sevilla led through a Danilo own goal.

Madrid could have gone in trailing by even more if it wasn't for Kiko Casilla keeping the home team at bay time and again.

Youngster Marco Asensio levelled early in the second half after an 80-metre solo run, but a volley by debutant Stevan Jovetic had Sevilla back in the lead shortly after.

Jorge Sampaoli's side continued to press while Madrid wasted opportunities.

Sevilla's Vicente Iborra goaled with 13 minutes to go, putting pressure on Madrid.

But a penalty from Sergio Ramos and then Benzema's equaliser ensured Madrid broke Barcelona's record.

Madrid's left-back Marcelo said his team never thought its record run, even when down 3-1.

"We never doubted in any moment,” Marcelo told Spanish TV. "We had to have patience. This lasts 90 minutes and in the end we played a good game overall.

"We knew it was going to be like this, despite the first leg result. Sevilla pushed a lot, but in the end the three goals we scored in the first leg helped us.”

Topics:  benzema real madrid sevilla


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Rainbow club shines at Gold Coast regatta

Rainbow Region Dragon Boat Club at the Gold Coast's Broadwater regatta.

Teams battled it out in blistering heat

FORECAST: Perfect storm for a lazy weekend

Rain is on the way on the Northern Rivers.

Much needed heat relief expected to continue

Regional fathers needed to fight against male suicide rates

Regional fathers are needed in the fight against male suicide rates.

If you're a father aged 28-32 take part in this widespread survey

Local Partners

Tower built, now the recruits are coming

SINCE the opening of the new Marine Rescue tower in Ballina in October last year, the volunteer organisation has had at least a dozen new recruits.

BIG RIDE: Matt to bring out smiles for Smiddy

LONG WAY ROUND: Matt Muir raises his bike in triumph on his ride last year.

Fundraiser at Yamba Shores Tavern ahead of 800km charity ride

Buddhism pioneer shares life's mission

Lama Ole Nydahl will be presenting a new documentary in Ballina.

About the first ever Western students of Buddhism in Nepal

Mr Grey is back, just fifty shades darker

SCREENING: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan in a scene from the first trailer for the movie Fifty Shades Darker.

Advance screenings next week

Why Hollywood’s siding with Brad Pitt over Angelina Jolie

TOWARD the end of last month’s Golden Globes ceremony, the producer of the nominated drama Moonlight made a surprise onstage appearance: Brad Pitt.

Tensions high at pointy end of MKR's round two

Things are really heating up on My Kitchen Rules.

Games are being played around the My Kitchen Rules table

Jungle Jay sent packing from I'm a Celebrity

I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Here! contestant Jay Laga'aia with Keira.

BIG friendly giant Jay Laga'aia has been eliminated from I'm A Celeb

Carson Kressley brings 'camp' to I'm a Celebrity jungle

"I am not all Park Avenue and daffodils” ... Carson Kressley.

Meet the "campest” campmate to star on I'm a Celebrity.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi mystery already solved

FILE- This undated file photo provided by Disney shows Daisey Ridley as Rey, left, and John Boyega as Finn, in a scene from the film, \"Star Wars: The Force Awakens.\" Hasbro said it is changing its Star Wars Monopoly set after an 8-year-old girl became upset that Rey, the movie's female heroine, was not included as a figure along with Darth Vader and Kylo Ren. (Disney/Lucasfilm via AP, File) MANDATORY CREDIT

A key mystery surrounding the title of episode eight has been solved

Kids' game "full of f**king paedophiles" according to dad

A mortified dad has expressed serious concerns over an online game

Lisa Marie Presley's ex caught with child pics: court

Lisa Marie Presley, at right, and her husband, Michael Lockwood back in 2010. FILE

Lisa Marie, 49, claimed she was left “sick to her stomach”

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

50 more high rise buildings planned for Brisbane CBD

Height limits have been scrapped for Brisbane CBD

800,000 more people expected to work in city over next 20 years

Clarence River island paradise selling for $5M

Former Ballina councillor Margaret Howes is selling her island getaway.

GALLERY: Tropical getaway with beaches and airstrip put on market.

What $11.9m can get you on Coast's most exclusive street

29-31 Wyuna Drive Noosaville Qld 4566

This is what a cool $11.9m can get you

How a first home buyer built house with no deposit

NEARLY THERE: Construction on the first house to home orphans at Umoja began in January.



Photo Contributed

His home will be completed later this year.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!