Pressure On Barcelona: Raul's Hat-Trick

Ann GryCorrespondent IApril 27, 2009

PALMA, SPAIN - JANUARY 11:  Raul Gonzalez of Real Madrid salutes travelling Real supporters after he scored  scores his team's second goal during the La Liga match betwen Mallorca and Real Madrid at the San Moix stadium on January 11, 2009 in Palma, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

I know that with tomorrow’s CL clash it’s not that exciting, but still it is worth  mentioning that Los Blancos closed the gap on league leaders, Barcelona, down to just four points.

Raul scored his third career hat-trick putting the pressure on Blaugrana, and proving that he is still incredible in front of goal and not that old, as many people think.

Especially that during the first half it didn’t look good. Renato scored the first goal for Sevilla and Kanoute almost doubled their lead few minutes after.

Real Madrid seemed to struggle without suspended Pepe and injured Robben. In the last seconds Metzelder got the ball from Sergio Ramos and pulled it in the middle for Raul who scored the first goal for his team.

In the second half, Higuain had chance to score but blew it but few minutes after Miguel Torres helped Raul to score his second goal. His third goal was when Higuain’s shot from the right flank was spilled by Palop, and Raul easily put the ball into the empty net.

When all of Real Madrid fans were preparing to relax, adding three points in their minds, Diego Capel took the ball from Sergio Ramos and blasted past Casillas.

The Sanchez Pizjuan crown had hope again, as well as Sevilla players, but Marcelo scored the fourth goal, just to make it clear.

Los Blancos will meet Barcelona for a title-deciding showdown on 2 May at Santiago Bernabeu.

Sevilla  2-4  Real Madrid

Teams

Sevilla: Palop - Adriano, David Prieto, Escude, Navarro - Duscher (60', Fabiano), Romaric (79', Maresca) - Navas, Renato, Perotti (66', Capel) – Kanoute

Real Madrid: Casillas - Ramos, Cannavaro, Metzelder, Torres - Lass, Guti (78', Javi García), Gago, Marcelo - Higuaín (85', Van der Vaart), Raúl (68', Huntelaar)

Goals

1-0: Sevilla (Renato, 15’)

1-1: Real Madrid (Raul, 45’)

1-2: Real Madrid (Raul, 62’)

1-3: Real Madrid (Raul, 65’)

2-3: Sevilla (Capel, 80’)

2-4: Real Madrid (Marcelo, 90+2’)

YC: Duscher, Prieto, Romaric & Fabiano (Sevilla)

       Marcelo, Lass (Real)

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