There were some berry moments for Zinedine Zidane’s side, particularly after Stevan Jovetic halved the deficit from 2-0 to 2-1 at the start of the second half, but Real Madrid’s quality shone through in the end.
Nacho Fernandez scored the opener in controversial circumstances, taking an early free kick as Sevilla prepared their wall. The referee allowed the goal to stand despite the protestations of the visitors, with Ronaldo doubling Real’s advantage before the break.
Goals from Ronaldo and Toni Kroos after Jovetic’s strike secured the points for the hosts, meaning they can leapfrog Barcelona at the top of La Liga with a win over Celta Vigo on Wednesday night. The title is within their grasp.
TALKING POINT – Should Nacho Fernandez’s opener have stood?
Sevilla didn’t even know what was going on when Nacho netted the opening goal of the game, taking an early free kick while the visitors still sorted out their wall. The defender appeared to talk to the referee before striking the set piece, but should he have been allowed to do that? Should the goal have been allowed to stand? Was Nacho simply being inventive?
MAN OF THE MATCH – Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid needed their big players to turn up this evening with the league title on the line, and that’s what their biggest player did, with Ronaldo taking this game by the scruff of the neck. The Portuguese have turned into the complete number nine over the past few months, with this another demonstration of his credentials as a truly exceptional striker. The transformation from number seven to number nine is complete.
Real Madrid – Navas 8, Danilo 7, Ramos 6, Varane 6, Nacho 7, Kroos 7, Kovacic 7, James 6, Asensio 6, Morata 5, Ronaldo 8. Subs – Modric 5, Casemiro 5, Vazquez 5.
Sevilla – Rico 7, Mercado 6, Pareja 6, Carrico 5, Lenglet 5, Kranevitter 6, N’Zonzi 5, Vitolo 6, Vazquez 6, Correa 7, Jovetic 8. Subs – Ben Yedder 5, Montoya 6, Gonzalez 5.
10’ GOAL! Real Madrid 1-0 Sevilla. Real Madrid has the lead and Sevilla didn’t even know what was going on! Nacho took the free kick early as the visitors were setting up their wall, with the referee allowing the goal to stand.
22’ GOAL! Real Madrid 2-0 Sevilla: It’s a second for Real Madrid! They flew forward on the counter attack through Asensio, with James’ shot inside the box falling to Ronaldo, who applied the finishing touch from close range.
35’ JOVETIC OFF THE CROSSBAR! That would have been an exceptional goal, attempting to chip Navas from the edge of the box, but Jovetic sees his effort come bouncing off the bar.
49’ GOAL! Real Madrid 2-1 Sevilla: There’s the goal to get Sevilla back into this game! Vitolo and N’Zonzi exchange passes to set up Jovetic, who does brilliantly to curl home a low finish from the edge of the box. Great finish.
78’ GOAL! Real Madrid 3-1 Sevilla: What an astonishing finish! That is incredible! Kroos fed Ronaldo, who found the back of the net with a stunning strike off the underside of the crossbar. The power that was hit with… wow!
84’ GOAL! Real Madrid 4-1 Sevilla: And that will be that. Real Madrid has scored a fourth and they will claim three points from this. Nacho got down the outside and fed Kroos, who made no mistake in finding the far corner with a classy finish.
Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 400th and 401st goal for Real Madrid in all competitions (391 appearances).
Nacho Fernandez scored his first direct free-kick goal with his very first attempt for Real Madrid.
Ronaldo equalled Jimmy Greaves as the all-time top-scorer in the top five European leagues (366).