French striker’s last-gasp stun­ner earns Real record

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS - By ASSOCIATED PRESS in Madrid

With a stun­ning in­jury-time equal­izer, Real Madrid sal­vaged a 3-3 draw with Sevilla in the Span­ish King’s Cup to set a Span­ish record of 40 con­sec­u­tive matches un­beaten on Thurs­day.

Madrid had its spot in the cup quar­ter­fi­nals all-but-se­cured in the fi­nal min­utes in Seville when Karim Ben­zema made a great run into the area be­fore fir­ing home a low right­foot shot that en­sured Madrid sur­passed the un­beaten mark that it shared with Barcelona.

The dra­matic lev­eller started with two back-heel passes be­tween Ben­zema and left­back Marcelo. French­man Ben­zema’s strike then de­flected off a de­fender’s leg be­fore cross­ing the line.

Madrid ad­vanced 6-3 on ag­gre­gate fol­low­ing its 3-0 first-leg win at home last week.

“(Sevilla) played a great match and de­served more tonight,” Madrid coach Zine­dine Zi­dane said. “But if you look at both games, we de­served to ad­vance.”

Madrid kept alive an un­beaten streak that started nine months ago. The Euro­pean cham­pion has won 30 and drawn 10 in a run that in­cludes three ti­tles.

“We are happy to have achieved our goal against a

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