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08th Nov 2015

Real Madrid’s defeat to Sevilla ends a remarkable run – but is Gareth Bale to blame?

Tom Victor

Real Madrid are three points behind rivals Barcelona after defeat to Sevilla, but the result is even more notable than that.

The 3-2 reverse brings to an end a 20-game unbeaten run, split evenly between Rafa Benitez and his predecessor Carlo Ancelotti.

In those 20 games, Madrid have scored a quite remarkable 64 goals. They won 16 of those games, including a 7-3 victory over Getafe, a 9-1 demolition of Granada and 5-0 and 6-0 wins over Real Betis and Espanyol respectively.

Gareth Bale returned to the starting line-up after a spell out injured, and naturally he was made a scapegoat by some fans.