Zidane vows to fight on after Sevilla setback

10 May 2021 20:45:52 GMTPlus10

Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid will "fight to the death" despite losing ground in the La Liga title race at the weekend.

Real needed a 94th-minute goal from Eden Hazard to claim a 2-2 draw at home to fourth-placed Sevilla on Sunday but coach Zidane was upset about a controversial penalty awarded for handball against Eder Militao.

Ivan Rakitic converted the 78th-minute spot-kick to give the visitors a 2-1 lead and Real's dropped points hand the advantage back to title rivals Atletico Madrid.

Atleti held Barcelona to a goalless draw at Camp Nou on Saturday and Diego Simeone's men are top of the table, two points clear of Barca and Real with just three games to go.

Defending champions Real, who lost to Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Champions League last week, must now aim for maximum points from their final three league fixtures away to Granada and Athletic Bilbao and at home to Europa League finalists Villarreal.

Asked about the penalty decision, Zidane told Real's official website: "I was not convinced by what the referee told me, but it is what it is, he whistles. I don't understand anything. There was a hand from Militao, but also from Sevilla.

"The title is not up to us now, but we are going to fight to the end, to the death. We have to think about the three remaining games. I'm also upset about the game we played, because the players gave it their all on the field and deserved a victory."

Real Madrid are 4.33 to win La Liga with Atletico Madrid 1.20 and Barcelona 51.00.

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