LIVE: Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid

LIVE: Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid

45′ HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 2-1 CELTA VIGO

44′ Madrid will be happy to go into the break with a 2-1 lead, as Celta are pushing forward in search of another goal. The visitors just stepped off the pace for a few minutes and allowed the hosts in. Suarez almost finds Nolito in behind, but his pass was slightly too far in front of his teammate and the chance goes away.

42′ There’s not long left to play before the end of the first half, can Celta find an equaliser before the half-time whistle?

Celta de Vigo

40′ Suarez delivered a lovely free-kick into the penalty area, straight onto the head of Mina and thanks to some very poor marking by Madrid, he was able to head home.

Celta de Vigo

40′ GOAL! Mina has pulled one back for Celta, it’s 2-1! It comes from a free-kick which Suarez whips into the penalty area and Madrid try to play a highline and catch players offside, but Mina times his run perfectly and is completely unmarked to head the ball into the far corner of the net.

Real Madrid

39′ Kroos is booked for a deliberate foul on Aspas as the striker raced forward on the counter and the Real midfielder pulled him back.

37′ Madrid have sat back slightly since doubling their lead, allowing Celta to see more of the ball in their half. However, they are yet to really test Courtois in the Madrid goal.

35′ Real Madrid haven’t lost in their last six visits to Celta Vigo in LaLiga, winning five of them (D1), while they have scored at least three goals in each of their five wins in this streak.

33′ Decent effort! Martin with a good cross into the box from the right wing and Mendez meets it, but his header is well saved by Courtois.

32′ We’re past the half an hour mark now between Celta Vigo and Real Madrid and it is Real who lead 2-0 thanks to a brace from Benzema.

Real Madrid

30′ It was great pressure by Madrid to chase the ball down and Kroos took advantage of some sloppy play at the back, to win it off Tapia and then have the vision to flick it to Benzema, who provided the finish.

Real Madrid

30′ GOAL! Benzema makes it 2-0 to Real Madrid! It comes after Celta try to play it out from the back, but lose it on the edge of their own box and Madrid capitalise. Kroos nicks it off Tapia and then flicks it to Benzema, who turns and fires it into the bottom left-hand corner of the net.

28′ The visitors are dominating the game at the moment, with Celta struggling to get on the ball and are having to defend deep inside their own half.

26′ CHANCE! Vinicius should make it 2-0! The ball finds Benzema down the right and the striker gets to the byline and then whips a cross into the six-yard box, which seems to catch everyone by surprise, including Vinicius at the far post. The striker doesn’t have time to react and it just hits him on the head and goes wide.

Celta de Vigo

25′ Tapia is the first Celta player to be booked, after he pulls the shirt of Vazquez and stops the defender in his tracks.

23′ CHANCE! Celta with a great opportunity to equalise! It comes from a deep free-kick, which is whipped into the penalty area by Suarez and is met by the head of Mina. The striker tries to find the top right-hand corner of the net. However, it has slightly too much on it and flies just over the crossbar.

Vinícius Júnior

Yellow Card

Real Madrid

22′ The first yellow card of the game is shown to Vinicius for his late sliding challenge on Tapia halfway into the Madrid half. The striker got nowhere near the ball.

Real Madrid

20′ Kroos picked out Benzema perfectly in the box, sliding it through for the striker and he did the rest with a fine finish. The midfielder has been excellent so far today, involved in everything going forward for Madrid.

Real Madrid

20′ GOAL! Real Madrid take the lead, Benzema fires them ahead and makes it 1-0! They work it really well, switching play quickly to Kroos, who then dribbles past a couple of players, before finding Benzema, who just stays onside. The striker then turns and curls the ball into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. Lovely move and finish.

17′ Good run! Real catch Celta out on the counter and Benzema lays it off to Vinicius, who sprints forward and takes on a couple of defenders, getting into the final third, but eventually gets the ball stuck under his feet and the hosts clear the danger.

15′ The pace of the game is quite slow at the moment, with neither team really pushing for the opening goal. The Benzema chance is still the best opportunity that we have seen so far.

13′ Celta are enjoying more of the possession now, they have Real penned inside their own half and the visitors have everyone back behind the ball defending.

11′ Celta Vigo haven’t won any of their last 13 matches against Real Madrid in LaLiga (D2 L11), since a 2-0 win in May 2014 under Luis Enrique.

9′ CHANCE! Real win a corner and it is half cleared, but only to Benzema who is unmarked at the back post and the striker fires an effort towards goal. However, Mallo gets across brilliantly and makes an excellent block to send it out of play for a corner.

7′ Good move by Celta! They manage to work the ball well down the right wing and Mendez ends up firing a low shot towards goal. However, his effort is weak and Courtois easily gathers.

5′ Blocked! Villar comes out of his goal to try and clear a long ball over the top of the Celta defence, but he and his defenders get mixed up and Vinicius ends up sneaking in to it first. Luckily, the angle is too tight for a shot, so he plays it back to Benzema, who goes for goal, but it is well blocked.

3′ It is Real with all of the early possession here, they are keeping the ball well in midfield and the hosts have barely touched it so far. Nothing into the final third just yet.

The teams are out on the pitch and kick off is just a few minutes away, stay tuned for all the match action!

Meanwhile Celta have made two changes to this starting XI, with Comesana and Caricol missing out and they have been replaced by Mallo and Martin.

Zinedine Zidane has been forced to make one change from the side that beat Atalanta in the Champions League in midweek, as Sergio Ramos misses out due to injury. Casemiro comes into the starting line-up.

CELTA VIGO SUBS:  Joseph Aidoo, Miguel Baeza, Facundo Ferreyra, Fran Beltran, David Junca, Jose Manuel Fontan, Patrick Sequeira, Kevin Vazquez, Augusto Solari.

CELTA VIGO (4-1-3-2): Ivan Villar; Hugo Mallo, Nestor Araujo, Jeison Murillo, Aaron Martin; Renato Tapia; Brais Mendez, Denis Suarez, Nolito; Iago Aspas, Santi Mina.

REAL MADRID SUBS: Hugo Duro, Andriy Lunin, Marcelo, Eder Militao, Isco, Diego Altube, Marco Asensio, Rodrygo.

REAL MADRID (4-3-1-2): Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Raphael Varane, Nacho, Ferland Mendy; Federico Valverde, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Luka Modric; Karim Benzema, Vinicius Junior.

Meanwhile Celta are 10th, but they are unbeaten in their last three games, picking up five points in the process and they drew 0-0 with Athletic Club last time out. The two sides only met at the start of January and Madrid ran out 2-0 victors on that occasion.

Madrid are unbeaten in LaLiga since the start of February, picking up five wins and two draws to move them up to third in the table, just two points behind Barcelona and six off Atletico at the top. However, they have Karim Benzema to thank for their 2-1 victory over Elche last time out, as they came from behind to win and the striker scored a 91st minute winner.

Hello and welcome to our LIVE match commentary of LaLiga clash between Celta Vigo and Real Madrid.

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