Real Madrid beat Sevilla 2-1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday night thanks to a scorching late goal from Vinicius Junior.
The visitors from Andalusia got off to a better start and took the lead with a Rafa Mir header, but Karim Benzema equalized for the hosts after Sevilla goalkeeper Bono made a mistake. Real Madrid were flat for huge portions of the game, but Vinicius conjured some late magic to earn the three points.
Carlo Ancelotti named his strongest starting XI possible, with Marco Asensio returning to the right side of attack in place of Rodrygo Goes, and David Alaba a surprising inclusion after suffering a slight knee injury in the midweek Champions League match against Sheriff.
Real Madrid got off to a lethargic start, and Sevilla were well worth their early 1-0 lead when Rafa Mir, unmarked and with all the time in the world, drove a header into the net for a 0-1 Sevilla lead.
Just minutes later, Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was called upon to make a stop to deny Rafa Mir a second goal, eliciting more worried muttering from the Bernabeu throng.
With the exception of a Vinicius attempt that Bono saved, Real Madrid continued to sleepwalk, and Lucas Ocampos was unlucky not to score when his curling right-footed effort slammed off the crossbar.
However, Lady Luck smiled on Los Blancos, as a Bono error on an Eder Militao long-range effort allowed Benzema to swoop in and put the ball into the net, bringing Real Madrid level at 1-1.
Real Madrid were sluggish to begin the second half, preferring to sit back and let Sevilla spread the ball around, but they came alive when Asensio sent a shot just wide of the post.
Real Madrid made their customary late drive for a winning goal at the Bernabeu, as Ancelotti went to his bench later than planned, with Fede Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga replacing Asensio and Luka Modric.
Although an Alaba volley came near to winning the game, it was Vinicius’s spectacular shot that sealed the victory. The Brazilian took a cross-field pass from Militao and ran with it, jinking past a couple of Sevilla players before slamming a right-footed attempt into the top right corner of the net to seal the 2-1 win.