The referee blows the whistle on a brilliant game, with Real Madrid coming back from 2-0 down at half-time to win 3-2 against Sevilla.
They were under real pressure early and went a goal behind in 21 minutes when a Rakitic free-kick pierced the wall and flew into the bottom corner.
That disadvantage doubled just minutes later when poor defending allowed Corona to square for Lamela, who finished it off.
Ancelotti changed at the break when he brought Rodrygo on, and the substitution paid off almost instantly as the Brazilian winger got on the end of a Carvajal cross to smash into the roof of the net and reduce the deficit.
Ancelotti then thought his side was level on 76 minutes when Vinicius took a touch on a cross before lashing.
However, the referee ruled that the Brazilian youngster had handled the ball and disallowed the goal.
And despite a lengthy VAR check, the referee’s initial decision stood.
The visitors finally got back level on 82 minutes when Nacho smashed home just seconds after coming onto the pitch after Carvajal cut the ball back to him.
Madrid then completed the stunning comeback in injury time when more good work from Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo allowed the latter to drag the ball back for Benzema.
Before burying his shot to seal the 3-2 win, the Frenchman took his time.
SEVILLA (4-3-3): Yassine Bounou;
Jesus Navas, Jules Kounde, Diego Carlos, Marcos Acuna;
Joan Jordan, Ivan Rakitic, Alejandro Gomez;
Erik Lamela, Anthony Martial, Jesus Manuel Corona.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois;
Daniel Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Lucas Vazquez;
Toni Kroos, Eduardo Camavinga, Luka Modric;
Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.
Rakitic is the man chosen to take the free-kick, and he perfectly sends the ball through the wall and into the back of the net. The wall was so poorly organised, but Sevilla doesn’t care as they now lead 1-0.
It’s 2-0!!! Lamela is the scorer, thanks to some more awful defending by the league leaders. Acuna’s headed through-ball to Corona is reached by the Mexican winger before the onrushing Courtois can get there, and the ball is tapped across to Lamela. The former Spurs man makes no mistake as he places it into the back of the net to send the home fans into raptures once more.
Real Madrid is back in it!!! It’s a worthy goal, too, as Vinicius Junior and Carvajal combine down the left before the latter squares into the box. However, Rodrygo is there waiting and smashes into the roof of the net to pull a goal back and make it 2-1.
Real Madrid is level!!! Nacho is the scorer, as Sevilla failed to deal with a corner. The ball ends up with Carvajal on the right of the box, who then cuts it back to Nacho. The substitute hits it the first time and buries his shot to get his team back on level terms just seconds after coming onto the pitch as he makes it 2-2.
Incredible!!! Real Madrid’s sensational comeback is complete!!! Benzema looks to have stolen it at the death, as excellent work down the right by Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo ends with the latter dragging the ball back for their strike partner. The Frenchman takes a couple of touches with multiple defenders around him and seemingly takes an age before smashing into the back of the net to make it 3-2.
Benzema’s game by numbers vs Team:
82% pass accuracy
53 total touches
7 shots attempted
3 on target
4 attempted dribbles
3 successful dribbles
3/4 duels won
So, what’s next?
The brilliant turnaround for the visitors means that they now hold a 15 point lead at the top of LaLiga, and will surely mean that the league title will be coming back to the Bernabeu.
They will travel to Osasuna next as they look to collect three more points to the championship.
On the other hand, the shocking defeat for the hosts means that they miss out on the chance to go second.
And they’ll travel to relegation-threatened Levante next as they look to banish the demons of this loss.