Register Login Live

10-Man Real Off To Flying Start In LaLiga

LaLiga

Result: Celta Vigo  1-3 Real Madrid

Date: 17 August 2019

Venue: Balaídos

While FC Barcelona suffered defeat on Friday, ten-man Real Madrid began their LaLiga campaign with 3-1 victory away to Celta Vigo on Saturday evening.

Los Blancos were without big-money signing Eden Hazard through injury, although there was a place in the side for Gareth Bale who was reportedly on the brink leaving a couple weeks ago.
 
Bale certainly made an early impact as he played a role in the opening goal on 12 minutes, picking out Karim Benzema for the close-range finish.
 
Celta were by no means outplayed in the first half and they should have levelled matters on 30 minutes, but Real's Raphael Varane popped up with a superb block to deny Iago Aspas.
 
The hosts thought they had found an equaliser on the stroke of halftime when Brais Mendez slotted home but after a check with the Video Assistant Referee, the goal was ruled out as Aspas was offside in the build-up.
 
The tables turned in Celta's favour in the second half when Real were reduced to 10 men after Luka Modric was shown a straight red after VAR showed the midfield raking his studs down the heel of Denis Suarez.
 
However, the numerical disadvantage had no effect on Real, who doubled their lead four minutes later as Toni Kroos found the back of the net with a superb strike distance that sailed in off the underside of the crossbar.
 
Celta continued to push for a first goal, but it was Zinedine Zidane's men who got the next strike as Benzema turned provider to pick out Lucas Vazquez, who slotted home from close range.
 
Celta did manage to bag a consolation in second-half stoppage time, with Iker Losada netting his first goal for the club powerful low strike that gave Thibaut Courtois no chance.
 

 

nextarticle

Liverpool Scrape Past Southampton

5 comments

Top 5

Where Chiefs Will Play This Season

55 Sep 19, 2019 02:00 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

The 10 Highest-Paid Players In The Champions League

1 Sep 19, 2019 07:30 AM in UEFA Champions League

Pitso Makes Shock Brockie Revelation

89 Sep 19, 2019 01:03 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

The Highest-Paid Player At Each EPL Club Revealed

16 Sep 15, 2019 07:15 PM in Cadbury

Bafana Drop One Spot On FIFA Rankings

5 Sep 19, 2019 10:37 AM in Bafana

The Highest-Paid Coaches At Afcon Revealed?

108 Jul 11, 2019 07:38 PM in AFCON 2019

The Highest-Paid Footballers In The World Today

13 Apr 02, 2019 12:30 PM in International