Cristiano Ronaldo unselfishly denied Real Madrid the lead after deciding to pass to Benzema instead of scoring…
Christmas may be over but that didn’t stop Cristiano Ronaldo from being in the spirit of giving. Madridistas on Twitter were enraged as their marksman decided to let a real goal-scoring opportunity slide.
Unmarked in the box, he chose to set up his BBC counterpart Karim Benzema, instead. Unfortunately, Sevilla defender Adil Rami intercepted the pass and the chance horribly went begging.
Uyyy Cristiano… Should’ve shot it rather than try a pass to Benzema.
— M•A•J (@UItraSuristic) January 15, 2017
the one time ronaldo tries to pass instead of shooting jeez
— Farah (@_Faaarrrahhh) January 15, 2017
Unselfish play from Ronaldo when maybe the selfish option would have served him better. Pass to Benzema cut out.
— SPORT English (@Sport_EN) January 15, 2017
Cr7 had to put in a better pass smh
— illumiRoddy (@RzarodR6) January 15, 2017
-Passes when expected to shoot
-Pass accuracy barely above 0%
Real Madrid still the better team
— Tooro Samurai (@Felix_Manyindo) January 15, 2017
This was quite unusual considering the 31-year-old striker has managed to score from difficult angles in previous games. However, Cristiano atoned for his sins a few minutes later. An on-rushing Carvajal was brought down by goalkeeper Sergio Rico just inside the 18-yard box to give away a penalty.
There was a brief moment of controversy as Sevilla players protested the referee’s call, but it was too late since the damage had already been done. As the team’s penalty expert, Cristiano Ronaldo stepped up and drilled a low shot into the bottom corner to give Real Madrid a 1:0 lead. The converted spot-kick was the Portuguese forward’s 12th goal of the season and a record 23rd goal against Sevilla in all competitions.
Sevilla players tried to put Cristiano off before he took his penalty by kicking the ball away and messing up the penalty spot.
— TheCRonaldoFan (@TheCRonaldoFan) January 15, 2017
RT FootBLive: Goal Cristiano Ronaldo against Sevilla (Penalty ’67) HD pic.twitter.com/jojYROnPda
— Real Madrid Zone (@rmfczone) January 15, 2017
Real Madrid ended up losing the game 2-1. However, Cristiano Ronaldo was not the villain.
Ronaldo vs Sevilla:
87% pass completion
3 chances created
Leading by example pic.twitter.com/DBPoNfLKt0
— Juan (@Fraudiesta) January 15, 2017
And while emblematic skipper Sergio Ramos may regret scoring an own-goal before Jovetic got the winner for the hosts, the fact remains that Real Madrid still lead in La Liga with 40 points. Los Blancos, whose 40-game unbeaten streak has finally come to an end, possess a game in hand over second-placed Sevilla (39) and third-placed Barcelona (38).