|Real Madrid players celebrate the second goal|
Granero took Khedira's place in the starting eleven, which was the same as in the match against Bayern Munchen on Wednesday. Mourinho was weary of a Sevilla side that wants to qualify for the Europa League next season and that proved dangerous by scoring a goal after three minutes of playing time that was disallowed by the referee due to a Negredo foul on Pepe. Seven minutes later, Ronaldo dribbled past Varas and, not having a good angle to shoot, passed the ball to Benzema, who came close to scoring an opener for the Whites. Ronaldo eventually netted the first strike after overtaking Koke and defeating Varas with ease (18').
The Whites somewhat relaxed after the strike, allowing Sevilla to have chances to score. Reyes entered the box on the 25-minute mark, but his soft shot was easily grabbed by Casillas. Two minutes later it was Navas who faced the keeper alone but sent the ball over the crossbar, only to see Negredo doing the same shortly after (29'). The Bernabeu crowd started to roar in support of its team and Real responded by taking control of the match. Benzema sealed a solid effort with a shot from outside the box (32') and again from inside (42'), missing the target on both counts.
Negredo had a good chance after dribbling past Pepe and facing Casillas alone, but his shot was too weak (48'). Real reacted to this danger with a second strike netted by Benzema from a clearance by Koke. Sevilla did not quite recover from this blow and the locals used this to try and net another goal, which eventually came from a Benzema header following a cross from Ramos (51'). The strike thrilled the crowd and everyone at the stadium started to sing the victory chant.
Real Madrid lowered the pace to the game and Sevilla hardly created any danger save for a couple of efforts by Navas in the remaining minutes. Khedira and Callejon came on for Granero and Di Maria in the final minutes; the latter will miss the clash in Bilbao due to a five booking suspension.
What remained to dispute was not important. Mourinho had already had the pleasure of giving a championship answer with ten of defeated against Bayern. And Cristiano had another goal to add to his account. From 3-0, to the end, the crowd of the Bernabeu was only interested on when they will meet at the fountain of joy, at Cibeles, that will arrive before long. Maybe tonight. Thanks to the rays of light against Sevilla and a bright season.
Stadium: Santiago Bernabeu
Goals: 1-0, m.20: Cristiano Ronaldo. 2-0, m.48: Benzema. 3-0, m.53: Benzema.