Real Madrid 2-2 Sevilla: Title race wide open after VAR drama at Valdebebas

Rakitic's penalty looked to have won it for Sevilla before Madrid's late leveller

Jordi Gil

Real Madrid scored a stoppage-time equaliser as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Sevilla to leave the La Liga title in Atletico Madrid's hands. 

The point takes Madrid second, level with Barcelona on 75 points, leaving Atletico top with 77. Sevilla, fourth with 71, now look to be out of the race. 

Sevilla twice led at Valdebebas on Sunday but couldn't hold on to the three points after benefitting from a moment of high tension when VAR got involved in the second half. 

After Marco Asensio cancelled out Fernando's first-half opener, Madrid broke and were awarded a penalty when Bono fouled Karim Benzema. 

However, VAR advised the referee that prior to the counter-attack, there was a possible handball in the box at the other end of the pitch. 

After reviewing the replays on the pitchside monitor, match official Juan Martinez Munuera ruled that Diego Militao had handled the ball and gave Sevilla a penalty, overturning his decision to give Madrid a spot-kick. 

Former Barça midfielder Rakitic, who had set up Fernando's opener, cooly slotted past Thibaut Courtois. 

However, there was one final twist in the fourth of six minutes of added time when Toni Kroos' long-range strike deflected off Hazard to deceive Bono and earn Madrid a point. 

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