Real Madrid suffered their first defeat of the season at Sevilla, as the Andalusian club scored thrice to grab a 3-2 win. Despite going down initially, Sevilla came back strongly and scored thrice to take a 3-1 lead. James pulled one back, late in injury time with a spectacular drive, but it turned out to be a consolation in the end.
Here are the major talking points of the match.
1) Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Pepe Return
Gareth Bale and Pepe made their first start in more than a month for Real Madrid, while James Rodriguez came off the bench to replace Isco in 63rd minute. Madrid had been under-performing in the absence of these players. The inclusion of Bale and Pepe provided a boost for Madrid, as both of them did well in their respective departments. While Bale was very lively throughout the match in attack, beating the Sevilla players on pace and strength, Pepe was active in defence, stopping some dangerous crosses. James was also involved in the 30 minutes he played in the match. All the three players had a good run on the pitch before the all important El Clasico against Barcelona which is just two weeks away now.