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Ramos own goal as Sevilla ends Madrid’s unbeaten run

SEVILLA: Real Madrid’s defender Sergio Ramos (C) scored an own goal during the Spanish league football match Sevilla FC vs Real Madrid CF at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Sevilla on Sunday. – AFP

MADRID: Sevilla fans enjoyed the last laugh over Sergio Ramos. Sevilla twice scored late – including an 85th-minute own goal by Ramos – to end Real Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten streak and move within one point of its rival atop the Spanish league with a 2-1 victory on Sunday. It was a tough result for Ramos, who three days ago had angered Sevilla fans after converting a penalty kick “Panenka” style in a Copa del Rey match.

Ramos said he was insulted by some supporters of his former team. On Sunday, the Seville native was jeered nearly every time he touched the ball, and heard even more from the crowd at Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan when he found his own net with a header while trying to clear a cross. Steven Jovetic then scored Sevilla’s winner two minutes into injury time to give Madrid its first defeat since a 2-0 loss at Wolfsburg in April in the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season.

Karim Benzema’s injury-time equalizer against Sevilla on Thursday had allowed Madrid to break the unbeaten Spanish record that it shared with Barcelona. Cristiano Ronaldo gave Madrid the lead on Sunday by converting a penalty kick in the 67th. Madrid had won eight of its last nine games, with its only setback a 1-1 draw at Barcelona earned with a 90th-minute goal by Ramos. Barcelona stayed third, two points behind Madrid, after beating Las Palmas 5-0 at Camp Nou on Saturday. Fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, which edged Real Betis 1-0 at home for its third win in a row, is six points behind the leader. Madrid still has a game in hand.

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