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Real Madrid hit back again to stun Sevilla, Atletico scrape past Espanyol

KARIM Benzema made another incredible Real Madrid comeback on Sunday as they struggled two goals down to defeat Sevilla 3-2 in La Liga. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridPSG close to French title after beating Marseille A Kylian Mbappe penalty proved crucial as Paris Saint-Germain beat bitter rivals Marseille 2-1 on Sunday, meaning they clinched the Ligue 1 title this week could win. KARIM Benzema made another incredible comeback for Real Madrid on Sunday as they struggled two goals down to defeat Sevilla 3-2 in La Liga. Show all PRODUCER, DJ and creative Gina Mwoombola, known as Gina Jeanz, recently showed off her skills at South Africa's Corona Sunset Festival - known as Uncle Happiness, back on Kaisames Radio. THE inaugural Doek Literary Festival will make its debut in Windhoek next week and the focus will be on fiction in novel and short form. View AllTHE fourth issue of Launch Magazine is out and the Class of 2021-2022 is looking mighty inspiring.AN engineer-trainee at TransNamib has designed an outdoor cooker for those living in informal settlements or without access to electricity.BANK of Namibia (BoN) Governor Johannes !Gawaxab yesterday urged local commercial banks to consider lowering their lending rates - while he and his team raised the reference rate. Real Madrid's Brazilian striker Rodrygo (R) vies with Sevilla's Swedish defender Ludwig Augustinsson during the Spanish league soccer match between Sevilla FC and Real Madrid CF at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium April 17, 2022 in Seville. AFPKARIM Benzema completed another incredible Real Madrid comeback on Sunday as they struggled two goals down to defeat Sevilla 3-2 in La Liga. After Madrid fell 3-0 to Chelsea on Tuesday to secure a place in the Champions League semi-finals, Madrid stunned Sevilla and sealed the win that has surely given them La Liga. A defeat would have given the chasing group new hope as Sevilla and Barcelona both started the day 12 points adrift, with Barca two games in hand. Instead, second-half goals from Rodrygo, Nacho Fernandez and Benzema in the 92nd minute mean Madrid extend their lead to 15 points with six games to go. An Ivan Rakitic free-kick and Erik Lamela's skillful finish put Sevilla two places ahead at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Benzema's goal ended Chelsea on Tuesday after Rodrygo forced extra time at the Santiago Bernabeu and those two, along with Vinicius Junior, were crucial again. Benzema now has 44 goals in 46 games this season and 15 in his last 10. Rakitic put Sevilla ahead in the 25th minute by curling a free-kick into the corner after Luka Modric brought down Papu Gomez. Lamela doubled the lead four minutes later after Tecatito pulled Thibaut Courtois out and left the net open. But an excellent chop from Vinicius for Dani Carvajal allowed Rodrygo to score in the 50th minute. Vinicius thought he made it 2-2 in the 74th minute, only when the goal was ruled out did the referee rule that the Brazilian had controlled with his arm and not his chest. Madrid, however, were undeterred when Rakitic headed away a corner, only for Carvajal to get on the line and pull back for Nacho to finish. And then, in the 92nd minute, Benzema completed another remarkable revival, collecting Rodrygo's pass, controlling and shooting past three Sevilla defenders on the line. Ten-man Atletico Madrid also made it late when Yannick Carrasco's last shot of the game secured the decisive penalty in a 2-1 win against Espanyol. Atletico looked set to lose another two points at the Wanda Metropolitano when Geoffrey Kondogbia was sent off in the second half and three minutes later Raul de Tomas canceled out Carrasco's opener, whose free-kick wound through Jan Oblak's fingers. But De Tomas played well into injury time, the referee awarding a penalty after much deliberation with VAR before Carrasco kept his nerve. The ball hit the net as the clock approached 100 minutes. "It was an important game for us and when you score with the last shot of the game it feels even more important to achieve our goal this season," said Carrasco. Atletico remain three points clear of Real Betis in fifth place and level on points with third-placed Sevilla. The importance of the win was demonstrated as the Argentine celebrated Carrasco's crucial penalty by sprinting down the touchline before joining his relieved players in the corner. Atletico sliced ​​open Espanyol in the 52nd minute when Matheus Cunha, who came on as a half-time substitute, slipped into Carrasco, who turned inside and rolled over Diego Lopez at the near post. But the game turned in Espanyol's favor in the 71st minute when Kondogbia saw the second yellow card for blocking a Sergi Darder shot with his hand and then De Tomas equalized from the resulting free-kick. With a man up, Espanyol wanted a winner but Atletico found a way back. In the 95th minute, De Tomas cleared Antoine Griezmann's header but missed the angle and instead the ball hit his elbow. In the 100th minute, Carrasco made no mistake. View all

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European giants Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern are hot on their heels for league titles

(Author: Gardener)

EuropeanEuropean giants Real Madrid, PSG and Bayern get closer to the league titles Real Madrid players celebrate their comeback against Sevilla at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville, Spain, April 17, 2022. Real Madrid players celebrate their comeback against Sevilla at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville, Spain, April 17, 2022. Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all made big strides towards winning their domestic league titles after crucial victories on Sunday. In Spain, Karim Benzema's 92nd-minute winner saw Madrid bounce back from two goals to defeat third-placed Sevilla 3-2 in dramatic fashion. The French striker, who scored four goals against Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals, delivered another brilliant performance and was included in the top scorer list by Rodrygo and Nacho Fernandez. Sevilla could have narrowed Madrid's lead to nine points with a win after beating the leaders in the first half through Ivan Rakitic's amazing free-kick and Erik Lamela's precise strike. But Carlo Ancelotti's side refused to give up and somehow managed to complete the remarkable stoppage-time turn that ended Sevilla's 15-game unbeaten run at home this season. Karim Benzema is La Liga's top scorer with 25 goals this season. Karim Benzema is La Liga's top scorer with 25 goals this season. Madrid now enjoy a huge 15-point lead over second-placed Barcelona with just six games to go. "Madrid has heart, character and quality. It was a deserved win. The league isn't over yet, there are still a few games left, but it was a big boost for us today." In France, goals from Neymar and Kylian Mbappe gave PSG a 2-1 win over rivals Marseille at the Parc des Princes, putting them close to a record-breaking 10th Ligue 1 title. Neymar has scored seven goals in the last five games since PSG were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid. Neymar has scored seven goals in the last five games since PSG were knocked out of the Champions League by Real Madrid. While seven-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi enjoyed another memorable night, his strike partner Neymar shone throughout the game. The Brazilian superstar caused all sorts of problems for Marseille with his direct run and his early opener for PSG was his 11th goal of the season. Although Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car neutralized the goal, Mbappe calmly converted a penalty after Valentin Rongier was found to have played the ball inside the box. PSG are now 15 points clear at the top and Mauricio Pochettino's side could seal the title if they win at Angers and Marseille lose at Nantes on Wednesday. Bayern Munich have restored their nine-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich have restored their nine-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga. In Germany, Bayern Munich defeated Arminia Bielefeld 3-0 to move nine points clear of Borussia Dortmund with four games remaining. They were nearing their 10th consecutive league title after goals from Serge Gnaby, Jamal Musiala and Barrett Laursen confirmed another easy win. Julian Nagelsmann's team could close the title with a home win against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. “A win always feels better than a loss as we experienced one on Tuesday. Of course, that's good for the heads before an important game," beamed Gnaby. "We have a chance to become champions at home. We did the work today and we have to finish it next week." Open in CGTN APP for better experience

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Real Madrid are getting closer to the LaLiga title

Bayern move closer to Bundesliga title after win at Arminia (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridReal Madrid's Karim Benzema scored a last-minute win as the visitors recovered from two goals down to defeat title rivals Sevilla 3-2 on Sunday in a thrilling La Liga clash that saw Carlo Ancelotti's side crowned champions step closer. The win means Real now have a 15-point lead at the top over closest rivals Barcelona, ​​who have two games in hand, Sevilla in third and fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, who had previously beaten Espanyol 2-1, six laps to go. Benzema fired home two minutes into injury time after Rodrygo and Nacho Fernandez equalized for Real to level Sevilla's 2-0 lead at half-time with goals from Ivan Rakitic and Erik Lamela at the packed Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. LaLiga isn't done yet, but we've made a big step," Ancelotti said. He didn't give a penalty for what appeared to be a clear handball from Sevilla defender Diego Carlos after 17 minutes and then declined to give Real's Eduardo Camavinga a second yellow card show card for a foul from behind on Antony Martial in the 37th minute. The referee also disallowed Vinicius Jr.'s equalizer for Real after a tight handball decision in the 78th minute and stuck to his call after VAR called the Field monitor was also sent after a lot of controversy because we don't understand how the referee can call a handball from Vinicius and not for Diego Carlos," Ancelotti said at a press conference. Sevilla took the lead early in the first half after two errors by Real defender Eder Militao within four minutes. First, Rakitic fired a free-kick through Real's wall to open the scoring in the 21st after Militao left a gaping hole, and four minutes later the Brazilian ran Jesus Corona behind the defense to save for the unmarked Lamela 2-0 to cross . After Camavinga's narrow foul on Martial, Ancelotti sent the young French midfielder off for Rodrygo at the break, an action that turned the game in Real's favor as the Brazilian produced an excellent performance off the bench. He scored Real's first goal five minutes into the second half, started the play that ended with his substitute Nacho scoring the second goal in the 82nd and 10 minutes later he crossed to La Liga top scorer Benzema for the winner to shoot home. It was Benzema's 25th goal of the season, his best tally in a single league season of his Real career - surpassing the 2015/16 campaign when he scored 24 goals. "The players didn't lose their heads after two mistakes and they are responsible for this incredible coming from behind," added Ancelotti with relief. Bayern closer to Bundesliga championship after win at Arminia Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich came out on top with a solid 3rd place 0-0 win at relegated Arminia Bielefeld restores nine-point lead at the top of the table Bayern came within reach of winning their 10th consecutive Bundesliga title on Sunday, with just four games to go as Bayern recovered from their shock Champions League defeat and reclaimed their lead ahead of second-placed Borussia Dormund, who they can next win the title against The weekend's classic in Munich Bayern took the lead ten minutes from time after Alphonso Davies found Robert Lewandowski, the front Arminia defender Jacob Barrett L scored a touch aursen helped the ball over the line, the T or was confirmed after a VAR review. The second goal was also scored after an offside control. Julian Nagelsmann's side shone with five minutes remaining as Kimmich sprayed the ball to Lewandowski from the left and the Polish striker found substitute Jamal Musiala to complete a sizzling close-range counterattack. Frank Kramer's Arminia got off to a brilliant start, but Bayern soon took control of the game and the hosts had goalkeeper Stefan Ortega to thank for equalizing after eight minutes, saving Lewandowski's header on the goal line. The hosts kept up the pressure after falling behind and midfielder Masaya Okugawa had a goal disallowed for offside, but they rarely bothered their opponents in the second half. You've scored just 23 goals this season - nine fewer than Lewandowski. Arminia had fallen to the automatic relegation places after Hertha Berlin's win over Augsburg on Saturday, remaining in 17th place, three points adrift of safety after defeat by Bayern extended their winless streak to seven games. PSV Eindhoven come from behind to win Dutch Cup final PSV Eindhoven scored twice in as many minutes early in the second half to close a half-time deficit and lift the Dutch Cup with a 2-1 win over Ajax Amsterdam on Sunday . Mexico international Erick Gutierrez equalized with a header in the 48th minute and slid in unmarked at the back post to finish a free kick. Cody Gakpo secured the winner two minutes later with a strong run from deep and a powerful shot that caught veteran Ajax goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, who was preferred to the outgoing Andre Onana in the line-up. Ajax had taken the lead in the 23rd minute when teenager Ryan Gravenberch drove on goal, played a quick one-two and then turned a shot past PSV goalkeeper Yvon Mvogo. PSV, four points behind Ajax with five rounds to go in the Dutch league, were also ruled out early by VAR, while Ajax were held back by two narrow offside decisions. It was PSV's first cup success in 10 years and denied Ajax a third straight win in the Dutch Cup final under manager Erik ten Hag, who is the top contender for Manchester United next season.

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Karim Benzema puts Real Madrid past Sevilla and gets closer to the Spanish league title

Karim Benzema scored a goal in second-half injury time as Real Madrid rebounded to a 3-2 win over Sevilla and moved closer to winning the Spanish league title for the second time in three seasons. (Author: Gardener)

SpanishHe scored in second-half injury time on Sunday as Real Madrid rebounded to a 3-2 win at Seville and moved closer to winning the Spanish league title for the second time in three seasons. Madrid conceded two goals four minutes apart in the first half but came back after half-time to win and open a 15-point lead at the top of the table with six rounds to go. Madrid's closest challenger is Barcelona, ​​who have two games ahead of them, including against relegation-threatened Cadiz on Monday. Real Madrid's Karim Benzema celebrates with team mates after scoring his team's third goal of the game during a Spanish La Liga match between Sevilla and Real Madrid on Sunday, April 17, 2022 at Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville, Spain. Third-place Sevilla could have cut Madrid's deficit to nine points with a win at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, but instead ended their 15-game unbeaten run at home this season. Benzema scored his 15th goal in 10 games with a shot from close range following a pass from Rodrygo two minutes into injury time. The French forward is the Spanish league's top scorer with 25 goals and is enjoying one of his best seasons to date with Madrid. He has already been crucial in recent Champions League games against Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea and was crucial in Madrid's run to the semi-finals. Sevilla looked on course for a comfortable win after opening the scoring with Ivan Rakitic's low free-kick in the 21st and extending their lead with Erik Lamela's goal from inside the box in a breakaway in the 25th. But Madrid dominated after that, drawing close with Rodrygo's goal from close range following a pass from Dani Carvajal in the 50'. Carvajal then set up Nacho Fernandez's equalizer inside the box in the 82nd minute, moments after Nacho entered the game. Madrid striker Vinicius Junior was disallowed for a handball goal in the 74th minute after a video review lasting several minutes. Sevilla have been hit hard by injuries and have won just one of their last six league games. It stayed level on points with Barcelona and fourth-placed Atletico Madrid. Yannick Carrasco converted a penalty into injury time after 10 minutes as Atletico beat Espanyol 2-1 to end their three-game winning streak and cement their fourth-place finish. Carrasco scored from the penalty spot in the final game of the game at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium to give Atletico a three-point advantage over fifth-placed Real Betis, who played sixth-placed Real Sociedad on Friday. Atletico's penalty was awarded after a lengthy video check to see if the ball had touched Espanyol striker Raul de Tomas' hand in the penalty area. Carrasco had already scored Atlético in the 52nd minute to put Atletico ahead while De Tomas equalized for the visitors in the 74th minute. Atletico played off a man from the 71st after midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia was sent off for a handball, earning him a second yellow card. Espanyol equalized in the free-kick that followed when De Tomas' shot went past Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak. Atletico had not won in three games. They hadn't scored in that series either, including in 0–0 at home to Manchester City on Wednesday in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals when they were eliminated 1–0 on aggregate after losing the first leg in England. Espanyol had won three of their last five games, with one loss and one draw. Athletic Bilbao lost 2-0 at home to Celta Vigo to lose ground in the battle for a place in European competition next season. Iago Aspas and Fran Beltran scored first-half goals for 11th-placed Celta, who were winless in four games. Athletic hadn't lost in three games. It remained in eighth place, four points behind Villarreal in seventh place. Levante slipped from last place with a 4-1 loss to Granada, who were playing from 54th position with 10 men, after Germany's Sanchez Barahona was sent off with a second yellow card. It was the second win in the last three games for Levante, who have accumulated 14 points from their last nine league games, winning four, drawing two and losing three. Granada suffered their second consecutive defeat and remained in 16th place, one point behind the relegation zone.

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Three answers and three questions on Real Madrid's win over Sevilla

The talking points of a wild night in Seville. (Author: Gardener)

Real Madrid'sIt was another comeback for Real Madrid, this time in LaLiga Santander, as the leaders beat Sevilla 3-2. Goals from Rodrygo, Nacho and Karim Benzema in the second half added three big points that put Los Blancos even closer to winning the title. 1. Could Real Madrid do what no other team in Spain had been able to do? We've known for weeks that this would be one of the biggest remaining hurdles for Real Madrid in the LaLiga Santander title race, as Sevilla are in contention for the championship themselves and the Andalusians have yet to lose a single home game this league season. They came into this clash as the only team in the division with zero home losses. So, could Real Madrid achieve what no one at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán had before? In the 25th minute, Ivan Rakitić and Erik Lamela's early goals didn't look like it. But Real Madrid have a particular comeback spirit this season and they've reversed it, with Benzema scoring the winner in added time and the players and coaching staff celebrating as if the title were secured. Casemiro was absent for that game due to a yellow card suspension and he himself regretted the fact that he had to miss such an important game. In this case, how should Ancelotti mark the Brazilian without an equivalent replacement? Well, even when the line-up was announced we were still not entirely sure whether it would be Toni Kroos or Eduardo Camavinga who would fill the role of central holding midfielder. But there were also problems when Camavinga took on this role. Ultimately, Real Madrid need to find a suitable Casemiro replacement to add to the squad, which has been evident for some time. Meanwhile, either Kroos or Camavinga will have to work on the side in the No. 6 role. With both Ferland Mendy and Marcelo absent, Ancelotti appointed two right-backs in Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vázquez, but it wasn't clear whether either of them would fill left-back or if Carvajal would return to centre-back to allow Alaba to switch to left-back . In addition to his two assists - the first time he has provided multiple assists in a LaLiga Santander game - he was solid enough in defense with most of Real Madrid's problems actually coming from the opposite flank. It's a head scratcher how Carvajal has performed better at centre-back and left-back than at right-back over the past week. Guillermo Cuadra Fernández did the impossible on Sunday night. The referee was so bad that the game actually ended with both the Sevilla and Real Madrid fanbases angry at his performance. There were four key decisions in the game and while some were subjective, Cuadra Fernández could have gotten them all wrong. A handball penalty should have been awarded to Diego Carlos, Eduardo Camavinga should have received a second yellow card, Vinícius' goal should have stood and before Nacho's goal Dani Carvajal fouled Oliver Torres. All four decisions he made were arguably wrong, with two going against the home team and two against the away team. Of course, it's difficult for referees, but going to the VAR monitor, for example, and still not giving Vinícius' goal is incomprehensible. There were even some minor but odd mistakes, like Sevilla being allowed to take a free kick for Real Madrid offside in the opposite half of the pitch. We certainly won't see Cuadra Fernández in charge of a high-profile game for a while. 2. Is Rodrygo better as a replacement than a starter? After coming on off the bench to score against Chelsea and now Sevilla, Ancelotti was asked in his post-match press conference if Rodrygo was a better fit as a super substitute than a regular. But he will also be a great starter. It's similar to Camavinga, but both can make a difference both from the start and from the bench.” 3rd yellow card, substitution, goal. In the 77th minute of the game, Nacho was booked for protesting Vinícius' unrecognized goal while he was still on the bench. He came on for Lucas Vázquez in the 81st minute. The Spaniard then scored the equalizer in the 83rd minute. They certainly don't keep track of stats for such things, but Nacho may just have become the first Real Madrid player to be substituted despite already being booked and scored. It was just a strange night at Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.

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Ancelotti confused by VAR in thrilling Real Madrid rally

Carlo Ancelotti said he "didn't understand" two key handball decisions Real Madrid overcame in Sunday's 3-2 win in Seville. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridCarlo Ancelotti said he "didn't understand" two key handball decisions Real Madrid overcame in Sunday's 3-2 Sevilla win in the game around. Ivan Rakitic and Erik Lamela gave Sevilla a 2-0 lead within 25 minutes at the Sanchez Pizjuan before second-half substitutes Rodrygo and Nacho equalized and Karim Benzema struck a winner in the 92nd minute to put Madrid 15 points clear to remain at the top of LaLiga. The game saw several moments of controversy with referee Guillermo Cuadra Fernandez deciding not to award Madrid a penalty for a Diego Carlos handball in the first half before sparing Eduardo Camavinga a second yellow card for a foul on Anthony Martial and a second half disallowed Vinicius junior goal. "We honestly don't understand how they can handball Vinicius and not Diego Carlos," said Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti after the game. "I know it's difficult to assess these situations, but we don't understand it. Vinicius assured me that he didn't touch the ball with his arm. "This team is capable of special things," added He added. Sevilla coach Julen Lopetegui took a contrasting view, saying Vinicius' handball was 'very clear' and 'everyone saw it', while midfielder Rakitic added: 'I don't know why there's such a fuss. "I saw it live and it didn't look like it touched his arm," Ancelotti replied. "There are things in football that are difficult to understand. It's difficult to understand how we played in the first half and then in the second half, the intensity, the quality, the concentration, the attitude. This team surprises me not, but the second half makes me very proud." Madrid's lead at the top would be reduced to 12 points if Barcelona - who currently have two games in hand - beat Cadiz on Monday, while Madrid are next in action at Osasuna on Wednesday.

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Live Text Updates: Sevilla 2-3 Real Madrid

Live Text Updates: Sevilla 2-3 Real Madrid (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridEduardo Camavinga - Real Madrid - Left footed shot from long range goes up. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) - A left footed shot is blocked from the left side of the box. Anthony Martial (Seville) - right footed shot from the center of the box, narrowly misses to the left. Preparatory work—Joan Jordan. Ivan Rakitic - Sevilla - from a free kick with a right footed shot into the left corner. Erik Lamela - Sevilla - left footed shot from the center of the box to the center of the goal. Assist - Jesus Corona. Karim Benzema - Real Madrid - Right footed shot from outside the box is saved by the goalkeeper in the center of the goal. Karim Benzema - Real Madrid - Right footed shot on the left side of the box is blocked. Daniel Carvajal - Real Madrid - Right footed shot on the left side of the box is blocked. Preparatory work - Vinícius Júnior. Preparatory work - Vinícius Júnior. Karim Benzema - Real Madrid - Right footed shot from the center of the box is saved by the goalkeeper in the center of the goal. Rodrygo - Real Madrid - shot with a right footed shot from the center of the box to the high center of the goal. Submission - Daniel Carvajal. Eder Militão - Real Madrid - Right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top center of the goal. Assist – Luka Modric. Assist – Luka Modric. Eder Militão - Real Madrid - Missed a headshot from the center of the box on the left. Assist - Toni Kroos with a cross after a corner. Óliver Torres - Sevilla - Missed a headshot from the center of the box. Assist - Marcos Acuña with a cross. Karim Benzema - Real Madrid - Right footed shot from the right side of the box, but just wide. Jesús Navas (Seville) - Left footed shot from the right side of the box, but high to the left and wide. Rafa Mir - Sevilla - Headshot from the center of the box goes up. Assist - Ludwig Augustinsson with a cross. shot blocked. shot blocked. shot blocked. shot blocked. Rafa Mir (Seville) - A right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assist - Jesús Navas with a cross. 2. Seville, 2. Real Madrid. 2. Seville, 2. Real Madrid. 2. Seville, 2. Real Madrid. 2. Seville, 2. Real Madrid. Nacho - Real Madrid - Right footed shot from the center of the box to the center of the goal. Assist – Daniel Carvajal after a corner. Karim Benzema - Real Madrid - Right footed shot from the center of the box, misses to the left. Assist - Rodrygo. Assist - Rodrygo. Offside - Real Madrid. Nacho with a pass, but Mariano is flagged for offside. Vinícius Júnior - Real Madrid - Right footed shot missed from more than 35 yards. Preparatory work - Mariano.

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Can Liverpool really do fourfold? PLUS

Liverpool remain on course for an unprecedented quadruple win, Real Madrid have stunned Sevilla in LaLiga and Ronaldo has upped his game for Man United. (Author: Gardener)

Real MadridWith the FA Cup final (It will be Liverpool vs Chelsea on May 14, ESPN+) and several big clubs needing dramatic exploits to win, Europe's top leagues did not disappoint. There's drama in Serie A, another string of big results in the Bundesliga and a late Real Madrid comeback against Sevilla that left fans speechless. Here's James Olley, Bill Connelly, James Tyler and Alex Kirkland with what you need to know from across Europe. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp doesn't want anyone to talk about it, but Saturday's FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City puts Liverpool one step closer to an unprecedented quadruple. The Carabao Cup has already been won, they are a point behind City in the Premier League and their two-legged Champions League semi-final against Villarreal begins a week on Wednesday. Klopp has repeatedly raised concerns about the tiring effects of a punitive fixture schedule, to the point of making the bizarre claim that reaching the FA Cup final actually made the quadruple more difficult because it added another game to their calendar. But their 3-2 win over City was secured with a devastating first-half performance that suggests they are primed for the ultimate run-in. The players have improved during Mohamed Salah's minor dip in form, including the signing of Luis Diaz in January, and Thiago's fitness has brought a new dimension to midfield. - Olley: Liverpool are firing on all cylinders - Steffen's FA Cup howlers: How social media reacted - Highlights: Liverpool hold on to FA Cup final (U No English team has ever won all four major trophies in a single season , and if Liverpool needed no further motivation to become their first, bitter rivals, Manchester United's treble success of 1999 stands before them as the most successful singles campaign of the Premier League era, with a lightning-fast Tyler Adams-to-Christopher Nkunku-to-Dominik Szoboszlai RB Leipzig took 3rd place in the Bundesliga, Sunday's 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen gave them 29 points from 12 games since the start of 2022 - they've lost just once in all competitions and also reached the semi-finals of the Reached the Europa League, beating Real Sociedad and Atalanta in the knockout rounds. Having been 11th in December, Leipzig's rise has put them back where they were in have ended in recent seasons. The team s made just eight shot attempts in the first 60 minutes, only two of them on RBL. However, a wicked goal from Szoboszlai gave the patient Red Bulls a half-deserved advantage and Leverkusen were unable to equalize from an odd miss. They are still just a point ahead of Freiburg in fourth place and last German place in the Champions League. Real Madrid's form has been so devastatingly inconsistent lately that it's hard to keep track of them. Is it the team that beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 or the team that beat France 3-1 in the second leg? Is it the team that was beaten 4-0 by Barcelona, ​​the team that beat Chelsea 3-1 at Stamford Bridge or the team that almost squandered that lead at the Bernabeu? The answer is of course all of the above and Sunday's 3-2 comeback win in Seville showed both sides of this exciting, amazing Jekyll and Hyde team. Two resounding defensive errors from Eder Militao gave the home side a 2-0 lead, only for a second-half comeback with goals from substitutes Rodrygo and Nacho - both sides of a Vinicius goal inexplicably ruled out for handball - and an added - times Karim Benzema winner. It was a result that all but sealed Madrid's LaLiga title with a 15-point lead at the top and a performance that perfectly summed up their season. Only Italy can rival the Premier League for a decent title shot this season and it looks set to go down to the final game as the two Milan clubs are unwilling to give up. (And honestly, Napoli are just five points adrift of the top and have just over a month to play.) This weekend AC Milan and Inter both won on Friday - the former going 2-0 with Genoa, the latter 3 : 1 at the modest Spezia – to remain first and second despite reigning champions Inter having a game in hand and just two points behind. (As if that wasn't sweet enough, the two meet in the second leg of their Coppa Italia semifinals midweek after going 0-0 the first time out.) - ESPN+ viewers guide: LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, FA Cup, Much will be written about both sides if they become champions: Milan have 18 league titles but haven't won them since 2010/11, while Inter somehow make up for last summer's departures (Romelu Lukaku, Achraf Hakimi and even coach Antonio Conte). endured to stay in the top three all season, leading all winter with only three league defeats (including against Milan). Union fans have run out of time to enjoy Grischa Promel's lively, energetic presence as it was announced in February that he would join Hoffenheim on a free transfer this summer. But goals like the one he uncorked in an impressive 2-0 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday will forever endear him to fans, especially if they stay on course to clinch a top-six finish next season. Placement and achieve European football. Promel's goal, the second after Taiwo Awoniyi's instinctive opener, was a true demonstration of his skill. Another young star scores for Borussia Dortmund Borussia Dortmund's youngest child prodigy, Tom Rothe, not only made his Bundesliga debut against Wolfsburg on Saturday at the age of 17 years and 169 days, he also scored from a corner in the 24th minute on his debut. Six goals and sunshine for @BlackYelllow at Signal Iduna Park. 6-1 #BVBWOB pic.twitter.com/556P7jKRZR— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) April 16, 2022 Rothe's goal set the tone for a hilarious afternoon in front of 79,200 enthusiastic fans at Signal Iduna Park. BVB also scored goals from other non-traditional sources (Axel Witsel, Manuel Akanji, Emre Can) before Erling Haaland took over, scoring twice and giving Borussia Dortmund a dominant 6-1 win over increasingly disappointing opponents. - Full Highlights: Dortmund crushes Wolfsburg with six goals (U.). Second place in the Bundesliga. Despite Haaland's impending departure, Rothe looks set to give them another Hotshot youngster to lean on in the coming seasons. USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen had a difficult afternoon at Wembley Stadium: he barely had a chance to beat Ibrahima Konate headed for the opener, and then foolishly allowed himself to be tackled by Sadio Mane as the latter stalled a routine back pass to make it 2-0. But there was little he could do against the Senegalese international's second goal, which passed Liverpool do They didn't want to give up a 3-0 lead in the first half. What a goal 😍 pic.twitter.com/xPlL2tKC2y - Liverpool FC (@LFC) April 17, 2022 All in all it was a wonderful team move with a raking cross-fi field pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold to Luis Diaz making it the Roten allowed City's press to be beaten before Thiago Alcantara played a superb pass to Mane, who fired a superb volley into Steffen's near post for the first time. It was the apotheosis of a first half in which Liverpool City simply blew their minds. Rayo Vallecano started 2022 fourth in LaLiga, ahead of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Still, they've since picked up four points from a possible 39 and endured a 13-game winning streak that represents the collective worst run in their top-flight history. It's also the form of relegation, as Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Alaves dropped them to 14th in the table. It looks like the bottom two (Alaves and Levante) are still going down despite victories this weekend, with Cadiz, Mallorca, Granada, Getafe and Rayo scrapping to avoid joining them. Five teams separated by six points. Rayo's leadership means they should be fine, but in this sport you never know. They were unlucky losers at Alaves, but coach Andoni Iraola once again found himself lamenting the failure to convert his chances. You have to score goals," he said, and he's not wrong. It's been an all-around bad weekend for Rayo: the relegation of the women's side, once among Spain's best, has also been confirmed after a season of staggering mismanagement. Hoffenheim on the brink of European football Hoffenheim's Champions League hopes went from dwindling to almost dead on Sunday after a poor 0-0 home game against Greuther Fürth. Until late, when Furth's keeper Andreas Linde made a series of sharp saves Point saved, was of clear value: "We are in a phase in which we are struggling with a few things," said midfielder Christoph Baumgartner after the game Fourth, they have only two points from their last five games with two goals scored – and that against Furth without a goal allowed a league high of 72 goals to date sends a low point and m eight all hopes of an appearance in the Champions League dashed. In fact, reaching European competition now looks unlikely: Hoffenheim are now in eighth place, two behind Union Berlin in the battle for sixth place and one spot in the Europa Conference League.

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Karim Benzema grabs late winner as Real Madrid hit back to beat Sevilla

Real, PSG and Bayern moved closer to their titles. (Author: Gardener)

Karim BenzemaKarim Benzema's latest winner sealed Real Madrid's stunning comeback as they recovered from a 2-0 deficit to beat Sevilla 3-2. The striker's 39th goal of the season put Madrid 15 points clear at the top of LaLiga and on the brink of the title. Sevilla sit third on goal difference behind Barcelona, ​​having played two more games. Ivan Rakitic and Erik Lamela had given the hosts a commanding advantage but their hopes of catching Real at the top are all but dashed. Carrasco had put Atletico ahead seven minutes after the break but Geoffrey Kondogbia was sent off with 19 minutes to go. Midfielder Celta Vigo beat Athletic Bilbao 2-0 thanks to goals from Iago Aspas and Beltran Fran. Levante beat Granada 4-1 to boost their hopes of survival despite being four points from safety. In Germany, Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich beat relegation-threatened Arminia Bielefeld 3-0 to move one game away from their 10th straight title. Jacob Laursen's own goal opened the scoring, while Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala guided Bayern to victory. RB Leipzig overtook opponents Bayern Leverkusen to take third place after Dominik Szoboszlai won by a 1-0 goal. Taiwo Awoniyi and Grischa Promel scored in the first half for Union Berlin in a 2-0 win against Frankfurt. In France, PSG edged to the brink of the Ligue 1 title with a 2-1 win over nearest challengers Marseille. But PSG won it in first-half injury time when Gerson treated in the area and a VAR check hit Kylian Mbappe from the spot. William Saliba had a late goal disallowed for Marseille as PSG were 15 points clear at the top with six games to go. They can win the league at Angers in their next game. Lyon rebounded from their Europa League elimination at West Ham by beating struggling Bordeaux 6-1 earlier in the day, with Moussa Dembele scoring twice. Metz drew 1-1 with Clermont in the basement duel, Nantes' clash with Angers also ended 1-1, as did Troyes' game against Strasbourg, while Montpellier drew 0-0 with Reims.

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Real Madrid hit back again to stun Sevilla, Atletico scrape past Espanyol

MADRID (AFP) - Karim Benzema made another incredible comeback from Real Madrid on Sunday as they struggled two goals down to defeat Sevilla 3-2 in La Liga. After trailing Chelsea 3-0 to secure their place in the Champions League semi-finals on Tuesday, Madrid stunned Sevilla and sealed the win that has certainly benefited them […] (Author: Gardener)

SevillaMADRID (AFP) - Karim Benzema made another incredible comeback from Real Madrid on Sunday as they struggled two goals down to defeat Sevilla 3-2 in La Liga. After Madrid fell 3-0 to Chelsea on Tuesday to secure a place in the Champions League semi-finals, Madrid stunned Sevilla and sealed the win that has surely given them La Liga. A defeat would have given the chasing group new hope as Sevilla and Barcelona both started the day 12 points adrift, with Barca two games in hand. Instead, second-half goals from Rodrygo, Nacho Fernandez and Benzema in the 92nd minute mean Madrid extend their lead to 15 points with six games to go. An Ivan Rakitic free-kick and a clever finish from Erik Lamela had put Sevilla ahead twice at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. Benzema's goal ended Chelsea on Tuesday after Rodrygo forced extra time at the Santiago Bernabeu and those two, along with Vinicius Junior, were crucial again. Rakitic put Sevilla ahead in the 25th minute with a free-kick after Luka Modric brought down Papu Gomez. Lamela doubled the lead four minutes later after Tecatito pulled Thibaut Courtois out and left the net open. But an excellent chop from Vinicius for Dani Carvajal allowed Rodrygo to score in the 50th minute. Vinicius thought he made it 2-2 in the 74th minute, only when the goal was ruled out did the referee rule that the Brazilian had controlled with his arm and not his chest. Madrid, however, were undeterred when Rakitic headed away a corner, only for Carvajal to get on the line and pull back for Nacho to finish. And then, in the 92nd minute, Benzema completed another remarkable revival, collecting Rodrygo's pass, controlling and shooting past three Sevilla defenders on the line. Ten-man Atletico Madrid also made it late when Yannick Carrasco's last shot of the game secured the decisive penalty in a 2-1 win against Espanyol. Atletico looked set to lose another two points at the Wanda Metropolitano when Geoffrey Kondogbia was sent off in the second half and equalized three minutes later from Raul de Tomas Carrasco's opener, whose free-kick wound through Jan Oblak's fingers. But De Tomas played well into injury time, the referee awarding a penalty after much deliberation with VAR before Carrasco kept his nerve. "It was an important game for us and when you score the last kick of the game it feels even more important to achieve our goal this season," said Carrasco. Atletico remain three points clear of Real Betis in fifth place and level on points with third-placed Sevilla. Atletico sliced ​​open Espanyol in the 52nd minute when Matheus Cunha, who came on as a half-time substitute, slipped into Carrasco, who turned inside and rolled over Diego Lopez at the near post. But the game turned in Espanyol's favor in the 71st minute when Kondogbia saw the second yellow card for blocking Sergi Darder's shot with his hand and then equalized with de Tomas' resulting free-kick. With a man up, Espanyol wanted a winner but Atletico found a way back.

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