Luka Modric scores his second goal in La Liga this season
Luka Modric scored only his second goal in La Liga this season

Luka Modric rolled back the years with a sublime late winner against Sevilla as Real Madrid moved eight points clear at the top of La Liga.

With England midfielder Jude Bellingham absent for Real for a third consecutive game, the contest looked to be heading towards a goalless draw.

However, Croatia midfielder Modric, 38, curled in seven minutes after his introduction as a substitute.

Modric has started in just 11 of his 21 La Liga appearances this season.

The former Ballon d’Or winner is out of contract in June and Real boss Carlo Ancelotti said he would understand if the Croatian was upset about his lack of playing time.

“He shows everyone how hard it is for me to leave him on the bench,” Ancelotti said.

“Not just for the goal he scored, but how he trains. He is an example to the whole squad. It’s very complicated to leave him on the bench.”

Ancelotti said Modric’s contract situation was also “complicated”, adding: “It’s hard to manage. I was once a player and went through it in my last year as a professional player.

“I would understand if Modric was a little bit upset if he is not playing. Everyone thinks he is at the end of his career, but I think he doesn’t agree with that. He looks to be well, fresh. He’s got legs. He doesn’t seem like he is 38.”

Lucas Vazquez had a goal disallowed for the hosts before Modric struck decisively.

The Real full-back’s effort was chalked off when a lengthy video assistant referee (VAR) review concluded that home defender Nacho had fouled forward Youssef En-Nesyri in the build-up.

Federico Valverde also went close for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, hitting the post early in the second half, although in the main a Sevilla defence that was well marshalled by former Real great Sergio Ramos stood firm.

Second-placed Barcelona are on 57 points, with Girona a point further back in third. Girona play their game in hand on the top two against Rayo Vallecano on Monday (20:00 GMT).


Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 13Lunin
  • 17Vázquez
  • 22Rüdiger
  • 6NachoSubstituted forModricat 75′minutes
  • 23Mendy
  • 15Valverde
  • 18Tchouaméni
  • 8KroosBooked at 35mins
  • 21DíazSubstituted forCeballosat 90′minutes
  • 11RodrygoSubstituted forRodríguezat 90+4′minutes
  • 7Vinícius Júnior


  • 10Modric
  • 19Ceballos
  • 20García
  • 24Güler
  • 25Arrizabalaga Revuelta
  • 26Piñeiro
  • 29Rodríguez
  • 41Ramón


Formation 5-3-2

  • 13Nyland
  • 16NavasSubstituted forSánchezat 75′minutes
  • 22Badé
  • 4Ramos
  • 2SalasSubstituted forNianzouat 90+1′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5OcamposBooked at 70minsSubstituted forJanuzajat 90+1′minutes
  • 21TorresSubstituted forFernández Sáenz de la Torreat 75′minutes
  • 24Soumaré
  • 18SowBooked at 90mins
  • 15En-Nesyri
  • 20RomeroSubstituted forVélizat 75′minutes


  • 1Dmitrovic
  • 3Pedrosa
  • 7Fernández Sáenz de la Torre
  • 10Véliz
  • 14Nianzou
  • 25Januzaj
  • 26Sánchez
  • 31Flores
  • 35Sintes
  • 41Idumbo Muzambo
  • 46Mejbri

Isidro Díaz de Mera Escuderos


Live Text

  1. Match ends, Real Madrid 1, Sevilla 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Real Madrid 1, Sevilla 0.

  3. Djibril Sow (Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Foul by Djibril Sow (Sevilla).

  6. Foul by Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid).

  7. Boubakary Soumaré (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Foul by Federico Valverde (Real Madrid).

  9. Boubakary Soumaré (Sevilla) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Substitution, Real Madrid. Álvaro Rodríguez replaces Rodrygo.

  11. Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

  12. Alejo Véliz (Sevilla) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Tanguy Nianzou (Sevilla) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Foul by Tanguy Nianzou (Sevilla).

  16. Substitution, Sevilla. Tanguy Nianzou replaces Kike Salas.

  17. Substitution, Sevilla. Adnan Januzaj replaces Lucas Ocampos.

  18. Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Foul by Juanlu Sánchez (Sevilla).

  20. Attempt missed. Kike Salas (Sevilla) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Suso with a cross following a corner.

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