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 By Rob Train

Zinedine Zidane's forward-thinking means Real are still title favourites

With their 40-match unbeaten run ending with a loss to Sevilla, the FC crew think Real have nothing to worry about.

"We knew this would happen someday."

Zinedine Zidane was philosophical after Sevilla finally brought Real Madrid's 40-game unbeaten streak to a dramatic end at the Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday as the home side struck twice late on to secure a 2-1 victory.

The Frenchman's appraisal was true to the party line he has been towing since the start of the season and his side's loss on Sunday a timely reminder that the record-breaking undefeated run could not continue ad infinitum.

Dropping two points deep...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Trending: Ibrahomivic rescues point for Man United, Real Madrid's run is over

ESPN FC correspondents discuss how their respective teams got on at the weekend.
Jurgen Klopp feels his Liverpool side deserved a better result, but is still proud of the attitude he saw from his players.
Jose Mourinho felt his Man United side should've come away with more in an entertaining but fundamentally unsound match.

Here are the latest stories for Monday.

PREMIER LEAGUE:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic's late header saw a pulsating clash between bitter rivals Manchester United and Liverpool end in a 1-1 draw.

- Pep Guardiola suffered his heaviest league defeat as a manager as Everton dealt Manchester City a serious title blow with a 4-0 win at Goodison Park.

- Middlesbrough striker Rudy Gestede made his debut for his new club at Watford on Saturday, but he also become the owner of an unwanted Premier...

Sevilla stun Real Madrid; positives for Mourinho, Klopp; Chelsea's Costa issue

The FC guys debate whether or not Real Madrid dropping points at the weekend has opened the door for Sevilla and Barcelona.

Sometimes it's worth reminding yourself that, between the highest level of footballers and those who are merely "good," there's an entire population of gifted players, who bounce regularly between clubs, trapped in a feedback loop of sizeable contracts and transfer mechanisms that owe more to accountants than to logic.

One of those guys is Stevan Jovetic. On Sunday, his long-range effort (and a bit of help from Keylor Navas' positioning) saw Sevilla end Real Madrid's 40-game unbeaten streak in all...

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo levels La Liga penalty record vs. Sevilla

Zinedine Zidane has said that he knew Real Madrid would eventually have to lose as they sunk to a 2-1 defeat at Sevilla.

MADRID -- Cristiano Ronaldo's penalty in Real Madrid's 2-1 loss to Sevilla on Sunday saw him equal Hugo Sanchez's record for most spot kicks scored in La Liga with 56 -- while keeping him well ahead of long-time rival Lionel Messi in this aspect.

Ronaldo, recently crowned Ballon d'Or winner and FIFA Best player of 2016, did not have his best game in open play at the noisy Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan, missing a number of relatively clear chances. But he did calmly convert the 67th minute penalty, despite...

Real Madrid run ends; Barcelona, Sevilla and Atletico close gap

With their 40-match unbeaten run ending with a loss to Sevilla, the FC crew think Real have nothing to worry about.

Five thoughts from the weekend's La Liga action as Real Madrid's unbeaten record finally fell at 40 games and Sevilla, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid all closed up behind the leaders.

1. Karma for Madrid as unbeaten record goes

Late drama was a regular occurrence through the last nine months as Real Madrid set a new Spanish record for consecutive games unbeaten in all competitions -- with captain Sergio Ramos often arriving at the death to score a vital goal to keep the run going. During their 40...

Benzema's carelessness proves costly as Madrid snap 40-game unbeaten run

With their 40-match unbeaten run ending with a loss to Sevilla, the FC crew think Real have nothing to worry about.
Real Madrid's 40-match unbeaten streak concluded after Sevilla scored a game-winner in stoppage time.
Zinedine Zidane has said that he knew Real Madrid would eventually have to lose as they sunk to a 2-1 defeat at Sevilla.

After a record-breaking 40-match unbeaten run, Real Madrid finally suffered a nail-biting 2-1 defeat against Sevilla at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. The match between the top two teams in La Liga at present did not disappoint; it was full of intensity, alternatives and tactical nuances. Zinedine Zidane's team, with a rare 3-5-2 formation, took the lead in the second half, but in a hectic final five minutes Sevilla came back to win the three points and cut Madrid's league lead to one point.

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