Real Madrid were unable to reach the summit of La Liga after they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sevilla on Sunday evening.
A dramatic La Liga meeting between Real Madrid and Sevilla ended all square, thanks to late drama in the second half at Alfredo di Stefano Stadium. The draw means Atletico Madrid remain clear at the top of La Liga and have to win all three matches to be champions.
Fernando opened the scoring in the first half with a well-taken goal to give the Andalusians a deserved lead before half-time. Zinedine Zidane made changes close to the hour-mark which ultimately paid off as Marco Asensio scored the vital equaliser.
Karim Benzema was awarded a penalty late on after being taken down by Yassine Bounou but a VAR check saw Sevilla get a spot-kick instead for a hand-ball from Eder Militao. Ivan Rakitic duly obliged the chance and put Sevilla back in front against the run of play.
Eden Hazard got his name on the scoresheet in stoppage time to ensure a 2-2 draw after a shot from Toni Kroos deflected off him. The German, along with Zidane, was livid at the referee at full-time as the defending champions were unable to top the table.
Here is a look at the three talking points from the match.
FATIGUE CONTINUES TO TAKE ITS TOLL ON REAL MADRID
Real Madrid were without a large number of players yet again and missed their first-choice defence for the match against Sevilla. The Whites have had over 60 injuries this season and as a result, they have had to cope up with a thin squad. That, coupled with departures of Luka Jovic and Martin Odegaard in the winter, was a complicated affair to deal with.
After a busy April, which saw the Whites take on Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool in the midst of fixtures every three days, the fatigue seems to have gotten the better of them. They were able to salvage a draw at full-time and stay alive in La Liga, but with just three matches remaining, they must win all and hope for an Atletico Madrid slip-up.