Zidane shrugs off loss as Sevilla end Real Madrid run

Real Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten run came to an end on Sunday, when Sevilla celebrated a 2-1 win at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

Los Blancos looked set to extend their handsome lead at the top of the table when Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring from the penalty spot midway through the second half. But Sergio Ramos cheered his former club when he put through his own net to level the score, and Stevan Jovetic hit a stoppage time winner on his debut to record a memorable win.

Much of the attention prior to and during the match had been on Ramos, who left Sevilla for Real in a €27million deal in 2005 and goaded the fans when scoring a late penalty in a 3-3 draw between the two sides on Thursday. He received a hostile reception on his return this weekend, but Zinedine Zidane insists the defender was not ruffled by this.

“He played great. I am very happy with how he did, he played with personality,” Zidane told BEIN Sports before revealing his side were going to lose eventually. “I have to be very proud of them all for what we have done until now. We know this was going to happen someday, it is today, and now we have to continue working hard in all competitions.”

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