Goals from Casemiro and Luka Modric helped Real Madrid to a 2-0 win over Sevilla at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday evening. The win saw Real Madrid move to third in La Liga table, pushing Sevilla down to fourth after 20 rounds of fixtures.

Here are three things we learned from Los Blancos’ 2-0 win over the Andalusian outfit in La Liga.

3. An Exciting First Half

Sergio Escudero

With both teams desperate to bag all three points, Saturday’s clash was always meant to be a nail-biting affair. Both Real Madrid and Sevilla threatened early in the match, forcing saves out of Tomas Vaclik and Thibaut Courtois, respectively. 

The best chance of the half fell to the visitors as Sergio Escudero found himself through on goal. The Spaniard, however, hesitated for a moment before dispatching his shot, allowing Courtois to get the upper hand and narrow the angle. 

2. Vinicius – A Star in the Making

Vinicius Junior

Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, Madrid needed someone to step up and attempt to fill his shoes. So far, Marco Asensio and Gareth Bale have failed miserably, but in Vinicius, Madrid may finally have their next big superstar.

The youngest player in the starting XI was once again the liveliest on the pitch. He kept Sevilla on their toes throughout the tie and even troubled the keeper on a couple of occasions. He needs to work a lot on his finishing, but the mentality he has shown so far is certainly worth all the plaudits. 

1. A Good Real Madrid Display

Luka Modric

It’s been an inconsistent campaign for Real Madrid so far. Most of their stars have underperformed and they have lacked the mentality to go for the kill when required. Last night, thankfully, was a welcoming change of pace. 

 

The hosts started on the front foot and maintained tempo right until the final whistle. There were occasional slip-ups, as always, but they recovered quickly and put the pressure back on the visitors. 

Still five points off second-placed Atletico, they can’t even fathom a title challenge right now. But considering how they started their campaign, the early January signs are certainly worth being hopeful over. 

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