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Rodrygo claims comebacks ‘are things only Madrid are capable of doing’

Rodrygo led a Real Madrid fightback for the second time in a matter of days before declaring only the LaLiga leaders were capable of such turnarounds.

Madrid capped a stunning week by beating title rivals Sevilla 3-2 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to move 15 points clear at the top of the table – albeit with Barcelona still to play on Monday.

Los Blancos had been two goals down at the break before Rodrygo responded five minutes after the restart.

Then late goals from Nacho and Karim Benzema completed a sensational comeback.

That result followed a 3-2 defeat to Chelsea, enough to secure Champions League progress.

Madrid was heading out when they trailed 3-0 to the reigning European champions but similarly rallied, again through a Rodrygo goal that set up extra time and a powerful Benzema header in a 5-4 aggregate success.

Rodrygo has scored in consecutive matches for the first time and could hardly have done it at a better time.

The half-time substitute, who also assisted Benzema’s winner in Sevilla, said:

“We head away with an incredible feeling. We always fight until the end.

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“And we knew this would be a challenging game, but I’m thrilled to have got on in the second half.

“And scored a goal and provided an assist to help my team.

“We should value these three points because nobody else has won here, but we’ve managed it. Three points edge us closer to our goal, which is to win LaLiga.

“The coach told us to play a bit more because we struggled in the first half, and they were better than us.

“These are things only Real Madrid are capable of doing. I’m incredibly proud to be part of this team and be in these comebacks.”

This was the first time Madrid had won in LaLiga after trailing by two goals since another 3-2 victory over Villarreal in February 2017. Still, they have repeatedly recovered results this season, earning a league-high 17 points from losing positions.

Sevilla came into the match unbeaten at home in the league this season, while this was the first time they had lost at home in the competition after leading at half-time since a 4-2 reverse at the hands of Barcelona in February 2019.

They had not lost anywhere, having led at half-time since a 2-1 loss to Athletic Bilbao in October 2020.

Sevilla let slip a two-goal advantage in the top flight, not since September 2019 against Eibar, another 3-2 defeat.

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