Vinicius Junior forced an own goal from Sevilla goalkeeper Bono as Real Madrid eased the pressure on Zinedine Zidane with a 1-0 win at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
The Spanish champions came into this match on the back of successive defeats to Alaves and Shakhtar Donetsk, heaping the pressure on Zidane who is widely seen to be fighting for his job at the Santiago Bernabeu.
An uneventful first half faded after Vinicius Junior came close to opening the scoring in the first minute, with Rodrygo finding his countryman with a pass inside. Vinicius struck across the face of goal and inches wide of the far post.
Sevilla started the second half well following the introduction of Oliver Torres, but Real Madrid took the lead against the run of play, with Vinicius stretching to get on the end of a Ferland Mendy cross, forcing the mistake from Bono.
The result lifts Real Madrid up to third in the La Liga table and sets Zidane’s side up well for the crunch Champions League clash against Borussia Monchengladbach and next weekend’s Madrid derby.