Ronaldo Brace Sees Real Madrid Rise to Second in the Table
Celta de Vigo's defense held strong throughout the game and even looked as if they could hold Madrid scoreless. However, Cristiano Ronaldo took advantage of a keeper error to put his side ahead.
But as soon as Madrid took the look and looked as if they would run away with the match, Iago Aspas pulled the game back level. A deflected shot from the striker found the back of the net and from that moment it was game on.
Either side could have walked away winners, but fans will agree that Real Madrid deserved more goals than they scored. After missing over six chances with just the keeper to beat, worry struck the faces of Madridistas.
Yet, Real Madrid would not let Celta keep them from overtaking Atletico in the La Liga table.
A controversial penalty led to Ronaldo's second goal of the night and things finally appeared to be done and dusted. But many late chances from Celta could have pulled the goals back level.
At the end of the day, Real Madrid held on to their slim lead to secure three points and sole command for second place in the table. Atletico Madrid will play later in the day, but for now Madridistas have reason to celebrate.
For Celta, the loss may finally spell relegation. A win would have surely given them confidence to pull themselves out of the basement of the table, but it may be too little too late.
Despite a difficult match, Real Madrid showed their class and pulled off a deserved win. However, Celta fans will be wondering what could have been for quite some time.
Score: Celta de Vigo 1 - 2 Real Madrid (Aspas - Ronaldo 2x)
Official Starting Lineups:
Celta de Vigo: Varas; Jonny, Demidov, Tunez, Lago; Oubina, A. Lopez, Krohn-Dehli; De Lucas, Iago Aspas
Real Madrid: Lopez; Essien, Pepe, Albiol, Marcelo; Khedira, Modric; Ozil, Cellejon, Cristiano Ronaldo; Benzema
That's it from me guys! I hope you enjoyed this live coverage of Celta de Vigo vs. Real Madrid. What a thrilling match in Vigo. Remember to join the discussion below in the comment section!
FT: Celta de Vigo 1 - 2 Real Madrid
There is the final whistle! And exciting match in Vigo sees Real Madrid take sole control of the second spot in the La Liga table. Celta remains in a battle against relegation, but the real story was the keepers for both sides.
92' - Higuain forces a corner for Madrid
The Argentine was alone with keeper, but his shot is saved as Madrid receive a corner in the dying moments.
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89' - OFF THE POST!
Park beats the Madrid defense for an easy header, but the chances glances off the post. Just inches away from drawing level as the anguish is on the faces of the Celta performers.
86' - Higuain should have put the game away
Ozil plays the ball across the goal to Gonzalo Higuain who is all alone. His first touch shot just misses, but the goal would have sealed the victory.
83' - Aspas has a chance
The striker settles and fires from just inside the box. But his shot has too much on it and does not trouble Diego Lopez.
80' - An equalizer just misses the net!
Celta's corner is deflected and just missed the post as the players were already celebrating.
77' - Real Madrid almost extend their lead
Varas spills the ball and is forced back into action but Los Blancos are not quick enough to capitalize.
PENALTY AWARDED Varas turns from hero to villain as he brings KakÃ¡ down— AS English (@English_AS) March 10, 2013
Very sad for Varas to be at fault after keeping Madrid at bay for the majority of this match.
71' - Ronaldo gives Real Madrid the lead!
Portugal's captain calmly places the penalty down the middle and Madrid is back on top by a score of 2-1.
70' - PENALTY TO REAL MADRID!
Kaka is offside but taken down by the keeper. Madrid is awarded a penalty as Ronaldo steps up.
Diego Lopez almost drops a clanger as the ball slips out of his fingers. Madrid off the hook— AS English (@English_AS) March 10, 2013
Just when it looked like Real Madrid was going to run away with it, Celta has gotten a second wind.
67' - Celta nearly take the lead!
Diego Lopez spills the ball as Celta pounce. But Raul Albiol clears for a corner which amounts to little.
63' - GOOOOOOLLLLLL IAGO ASPAS
Celta answer back with their own goal! Aspas has his shot deflected into the goal and it is now game on!
60' - GOOOOOOOOLLLLLL CRISTIANOOOOOOO
Real Madrid's star find the back of the net after the corner was knocked to the feet of the Portugal captain.
59' - Benzema scores but the flag is up!
Again the Frenchman is flagged but not before he finds the back of the net. The call was very close, but correct.
Pepe was just compared to Beckenbauer by the commentator. Any thoughts on the comparison?
57' - Marcelo skies a shot
The Brazilian breaks away from his defender but blasts a shot high over the goal.
Benzema shot after Ozil good running but Celta goalieanother save tonight !— Real Madrid Info (@RmadridInfo) March 10, 2013
Will Real Madrid ever beat Javi Varas?
54' - Benzema chance is saved
The Frenchman finds space for a shot, but Varas again makes a brilliant stop.
50' - Ronaldo has a chance
The Real Madrid star beats the defense but the angle forces his shot wide. But it looks as if he might have tweaked his ankle. The Madrid staff will be keeping an eye on their star.
47' - Xabi Alonso making an immediate impact
The passing and possession ability of the Spaniard has revolutionized the play of Real Madrid.
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