Real Madrid have a penchant for late heroics during 40-match unbeaten run
Real Madrid made history on Thursday, earning a 3-3 draw vs. Sevilla in the Copa del Rey to go 40 matches unbeaten, breaking the record for most games unbeaten by a Spanish club, set at 39 by Barcelona.
Karim Benzema scored in the third minute of added time on Thursday to secure the record-breaking result, with Madrid having trailed 3-1 as late as the 82nd minute. The draw was the second time Zinedine Zidane's men fought back from a two-goal deficit. These sort of late heroics have been a hallmark of Los Blancos' record-breaking run.
With the help of ESPN Stats and Information, we detail four instances of Real Madrid scoring late to earn a win or a draw.
Game No. 12 | Aug. 9, 2016 vs. Sevilla | UEFA Super Cup
Down 2-1, Sergio Ramos pressed forward in Real Madrid's effort to find a tying goal. Lucas Vazquez lofted a cross and Ramos buried it to tie the game in the 93rd minute.
Game No. 16 | Sept. 14, 2016 vs. Sporting | Champions League
Trailing 1-0, Cristiano Ronaldo lined up for a free kick against his former team. He scored, starting a rally that wound up with Alvaro Morata scoring the winner in the 94th minute.
Game No. 34 | Dec. 3, 2016 vs. Barcelona | La Liga
Behind 1-0, Ramos was again forward for a free kick in the 90th minute against Barcelona. Luka Modric swung in the free kick and Ramos found himself with a free header for the equaliser.
Game No. 40 | Jan. 12, 2017 vs. Sevilla | Copa del Rey
Having fallen behind 3-1, Ramos scored a penalty in the 83rd minute to make it 3-2. As time was running out, a last counter-attack found Benzema free in the box and he was able to score the equaliser in the third minute of stoppage time.
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