Benzema criticized for defeat
Karim Benzema has been criticized for the defeat that saw Sevilla ends Real Madrid run of 40 matches.
The French striker was guilty of a careless pass that surrendered possession to the opposing side and saw them scored the winning goal in the closing stage of the game.
Benzema enjoyed a poor game throughout the whole match and with Zinedine Zidane fielding an unusual formation, the player did not provide the assistance that Ronaldo was looking for upfront. Indeed, the French manager opted for a rare 3-5-2 formation which saw the team become stronger defensively but sacrificing its creativity.
Ronaldo was looking towards Karim Benzema for help, but unfortunately, it did not come as the French striker seems to be lost in his role in this new formation.
For most of the match, Karim Benzema appeared as a lost player as he struggled to find his place in the team. Sometimes he was in a deeper role playing as a midfielder in an attempt to touch the ball and other times he was found on the wings but in both cases he struggled to make a clear impact in the game.
However, this did not prevent Real Madrid from taking the lead in the game thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty at the end of the first half. But they will be guilty of not finishing the game off and will allow Sevilla to grow in confidence as the game goes by. Benzema will be the culprit where he will miss a clear opportunity to double his team lead, but instead, he will shoot directly at the keeper.
Sevilla will manage to take advantage of the tiring legs of the Real Madrid players and scored two goals in quick succession that will allow them to get a deserved result in the game.