After half an hour of good play, with dominance of the game and, more importantly, with two goals advantage thanks to an excellent Benzema, the visit of Real Madrid to Vigo ended in a second part full of alternatives, in which the Celtic could tie until the end. He did not succeed, despite a stick of Quotation marks, and the team of Zidane added a new victory that puts pressure on his rivals for the La Liga title. While waiting for Barça and Atlético to play this Sunday, Madrid gains one place in the standings and places second three points behind the lead.
Madrid came out to the game full of intensity, busy dominating and commanding the game hand in hand with Kroos and Modric, two conductors who guided all his instruments with precision: Valverde’s physical display, Vinicius’s speed and, above all, the effectiveness of an infallible Benzema.
Zidane’s team put into play a pressure that drove the inaccuracies of a Celta who, when he began to wake up and spend a few minutes in control of the ball, came the first clear chance against and the first goal.
It resolved for Madrid Benzema, earlier than usual, with two goals before half an hour. First unstoppable in the control and the shot inside the area, then with the opportunism and the ability to take advantage of a flagrant failure in the birth of the Celtian play. The Frenchman has scored in his last six games, has already accumulated 23 goals on the season and has equaled Santillana for fourth place in Madrid’s all-time scorers in La Liga with 186 goals in 371 games.
The trend of the game was clearly favorable to a Madrid that, without waiting for it, brought Celta back to life with an erratic defensive action. Took advantage of it Santos Mina to score a creditable header goal with which he cut distances and gave his team a boost.
The excellence of Madrid did not appear again. After the break, the team Coudet He was the one who put the intensity in the game, installed in the field of a dwarfed Madrid, come to less than his first half, only with the resource of the speed of a Vinicius who made another display of all his virtues on the run, and also of his defects in the decision making in the rival area.
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The game became an exchange of blows, a counterattack from Madrid for every Celta occasion. In the midst of the final madness, the best Celtina attempt went to the post, a launch by Aspas after an inconceivable foul by Modric, with a yellow included after a collision due to inertia. The best of Madrid, already at the end of the discount, was a goal of Asensio thanks to Benzema, a sentence that should have come much earlier.
CELTIC OF VIGO 1
REAL MADRID 3
Celtic: Iván Villar (5); Hugo Mallo (5), Murillo (6), Araújo (4), Aaron Martín (5); Tapia (5); Brais Méndez (4), Denis Suárez (6), Nolito (6); Aspas (7), Mine (7); Technical: Eduardo Coudet (6). Changes: Solari (6) by Nolito (d. 70), Ferreyra (sc) by Murillo (d. 83), Fran Beltrán (sc) by Brais Méndez (d. 83), Fontan (sc) by Solari (d. 90).
Real Madrid: Courtois (7); Lucas Vázquez (5), Varane (6), Nacho (6), Mendy (5); Modric (8), Casemiro (7), Kroos (8); Valverde (6), Benzema (9), Vinicius (7). Technical: Zinedine Zidane (7). Changes: Asensio (6) by Kroos (m. 70).
Goals: 0-1 (m. 19) Benzema. 0-2 (m. 29) Benzema. 1-2 (m. 40) Santi Mina. 1-3 (m. 93) Asensio.
Referee: Mario Melero López (4), Andalusian.
Cards: Vinicius (c. 22), Tapia (c. 25), Kroos (c. 39), nachos (c. 70), Denis Suarez (n. 77), Modric (n. 80), solar (n. 85).
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.