VIGO – Real Madrid remains firm in its pursuit of the leadership, and puts pressure on Atletico Madrid and Barcelona after closing their great week with a long-suffering work against Celta Vigo (1-3), with an effective Karim Benzema in the first half and a remarkable defensive exercise in the second when his rival pushed the most.
The Madrid team does not slacken in its effort to revalidate the LaLiga title. Two goals from Benzema, the first with a great shot and the second after a loss by Tapia on the edge of the area under the pressure of Toni Kroos, gave Zidane’s men an advantage, although the celestial ones came alive at the break thanks to a goal by Santi Mina in the 43rd minute.
Celta grew in the second half, with Denis Suarez much more participatory on the offensive side and Tapia, despite continuing with discomfort, omnipresent in the recovery. Real Madrid waited retreated in their field, looking for the third on the counterattack. And he had it in two quick counterattacks, the first launched by Kroos, the second by Vinicius, which he himself finished.
Before the Brazilian attacker brushed the goal of tranquility, Thibaut Courtois excelled in the 61st minute with a spectacular stop below before the powerful shot of Iago Aspas from the edge.
The Zidane team touched up with the entry of Asensio for Kroos, and Coudet refreshed his with Solari, who replaced Nolito. In the absence of eight minutes, after a disputed foul by Luka Modric on Tapia on the edge of the white area, Iago Aspas brushed the tie with a direct free kick that deflected to a corner Casemiro, positioned in the barrier.
It was not the last for Coudet’s men, who jumped on the bench with a shot from Ferreyra that Raphael Varane took down, before Real Madrid killed the clash in the Galician area with Marco Asensio’s goal after Benzema’s assistance.