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Immediate Reaction (Primera Iberdrola): Real Madrid Femenino 5-2 Sevilla

Las Blancas dominate despite a topsy-turvy start to the 2nd half.

Real Madrid v Sevilla FC - Primera Iberdrola Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Real Madrid Femenino were on the front foot from the first second. In the first five minutes, Las Blancas had a lot of the ball but didn’t create much. That changed almost immediately. Sofia Jakobsson had her shot tipped over the bar and Marta Cardona forced the keeper into a tough save. Teresa took the ensuing corner. It ricocheted off the bar and Kaci reacted quickly, heading it into the back of the net.

Real Madrid maintained the pressure and doubled their lead ten minutes later. Marta Cardona made a dangerous run up the pitch and passed to Kosovare Asllani, who crossed it to Jakobsson. Jakobsson had to fight for the ball in the box before laying it to Teresa, who hit it at the keeper. But the shot still found its way into the net.

The pressure and the chances continued. Jakobsson, Teresa, Cardona and Asllani all had opportunities but couldn’t add a third in the first half.

The second half started just like the first half, bar David Aznar taking off Ivana Andrés and for Marta Corredera, which would cause some defensive issues down the line. In the 56th minute, Las Blancas had a lapse in concentration. They lost the ball in their final third and Sevilla pounced. Pina was unmarked in the box and quickly halved the lead with a header.

Real Madrid responded well by creating danger and pushing for a third. Sevilla dealt with the it and struck again when Inma hit in a rebound after a great Misa save to tie the match.

Las Blancas reacted by making a double substitution. Thaisa and Chioma Ubogagu came on for Asllani and Teresa. In a critical sequence, Thaisa released Kenti Robles down the flank, who crossed at the near post. Both Jakobsson and Teresa made runs but it’s unclear whether either of them touched the ball before it found the back of the net.

It didn’t take long for Real Madrid to create another goal. In the 80th minute, Sofia Jakobsson burst down the left and carried the ball into the box before unleashing a cross/shot that surprised the keeper. Minutes later, Cardona beat her defender 1v1 on the right and cut it back for Thaisa, who tapped it in to make it 5-2.

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