French striker’s last-gasp stunner earns Real record
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