Sevilla came from behind to inflict a first defeat of the season on Real Madrid at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday evening.
The visitors took the lead through former Rojiblancos player Sergio Ramos’ impressive overhead-kick after the game’s opening quarter, but ten minutes before half-time, Ciro Immobile scored his first ever La Liga goal to draw his side back on level terms.
Unai Emery’s men had the bit between their teeth at the start of the second period and they got their noses in front just past the hour-mark, when Ever Banega finished off a stunning passing move involving Immobile and Yevhen Konoplyanka.
Rafael Benitez’s first few months at Madrid have seen the experienced coach set up a well-organised defence that had conceded on just three occasions up until Sunday, but they leaked just as many goals in a single match against Sevilla, when, on 74 minutes, Fernando Llorente headed home unmarked from inside the box to double his side’s lead.
James Rodriguez pulled one back for Los Merengues in injury time, but it would not be enough to avoid a defeat that sees Benitez and company head into the Clasico at the Bernabeu in a fortnight’s time three points behind table-topping rivals Barcelona.
Sevilla, meanwhile, move into the top half of the table for the first time this term, sitting on 15 points after 11 fixtures.