Three points for Real Madrid sees them close the gap on Barcelona to just four points. They had to improvise given the injuries that they suffered, but they got the job done in style in the end. Will Solari be given the job until the end of the season? He has made an impact since coming in as interim manager.
- 2nd Half
- Ramos (P)83'
- Hugo Mallo61'
- Cabral (o.g.)56'
- 1st Half
- Hugo Mallo41'
RC Celta - Real Madrid
Liga - 11 November 2018
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Celta Vigo 2-4 Real Madrid
- GoalBrais MéndezRC Celta
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 2 (93 mins - Brais Mandez) Real Madrid 4. Polite applause rings around the Balaidos. It's nothing more than a consolation goal for Celta Vigo, but it's a nice souvenir for Mendez, despite the fact that it was the deflection that appeared to beat Courtois.
- GoalDani CeballosReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 1 Real Madrid 4 (91 mins - Dani Ceballos). The win is wrapped up for Real Madrid, and in style! Ceballos surged forward, making it to the edge of the box, and rips a shot past Sergio! It was swerving, it was dipping and it gave the goalkeeper no chance of making the save!
Four minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
Big tackle! Celta Vigo were just about through, but Sanchez comes across to make a perfectly-timed sliding tackle to deny them the late opportunity. He's been great for Real Madrid.
- Red cardGustavo CabralRC Celta
Cabral is shown a second yellow card for steaming in on Sanchez and he is made to walk.
Courtois comes off his line to make a punched clearance. The home fans want a penalty kick. They saw it as a foul on one of their players, but it was never going to be awarded.
Well, that's surely game over. It's been a season of great unpredictability, but there's surely no way that Celta Vigo are coming back from 3-1 down with just five minutes left to play.
- Goal by penaltySergio RamosReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 1 Real Madrid 3 (83 mins - Sergio Ramos pen). Ramos has pulled off the Panenka again! What a front he has! What a crucial penalty kick and Ramost just chips it down the middle. Sergio was too quick to make his move and he was left utterly stranded.
The decision to award Real Madrid a penalty kick has been ratified by the VAR review and now Ramos is lining up his effort from 12 yards out. Will this be the goal to kill the game?
PENALTY KICK TO REAL MADRID! Junca brings down Odriozola inside the box and the referee points to the spot.
Ramos has a go at Mor! The Celta Vigo man, who came off the bench, goes down inside the area looking for a penalty kick. There was nothing it in and Ramos isn't too happy!
The injury to Nacho has forced Real Madrid to change their approach. They were playing quite an open game, but now they are suffocating Celta Vigo. It's working.
Sanchez commits a foul high up the pitch and the Celta Vigo players are reminding the referee that the youngster is already on a booking. He gets away with it, though.
Real Madrid have seemingly managed to take the sting out of Celta Vigo in the last few moments. Frustration is starting to build among the home players. They're desperate for an equaliser.
Keep in mind that Barcelona lost at home to Real Betis earlier in the day, so this is a big opportunity for Real Madrid to close the gap on their rivals. A win here would close it to four points.
Why would Solari not play Bale in the left back position? Keep in mind that the Welshman started his career there. Surely that would make more sense than Vazquez there?
So now it looks like Real Madrid are going to play with a back three... and they have Vazquez playing on the left side of that back three! They have so many defensive injuries.
- OffNachoReal Madrid
- OnMarco AsensioReal Madrid
Here's the change for Real Madrid and it's Asensio who comes on for the injured Nacho.
Big save! Modric gives the ball away cheaply inside his own half, allowing Aspas the chance to get the shot away. It was heading for the far corner of the net, but Courtois makes the diving save.
Injuries everywhere! Real Madrid have a real problem here. They have THREE players struggling with knocks and they have already had two injuries. Bale, Nacho and Odriozola struggling.
- OffSofiane BoufalRC Celta
- OnAndrew HjulsagerRC Celta
And Celta Vigo also bring on Hjulsager as they press for a second goal to level things.
- OffFran BeltranRC Celta
- OnEmre MorRC Celta
A change for Celta Vigo and it's Mor who comes on for the final 25 minutes.
- GoalHugo MalloRC Celta
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 1 (61 mins - Hugo Mallo) Real Madrid 2. The hosts are back in the game! What a finish from Mallo, who made the run from deep to get in behind the Real Madrid defence and on the end of a clipped pass over the top. He met the ball on the volley and beat Courtois.
It's a long way back for Celta Vigo now. They have had their chances, but now they have a two-goal deficit to claw back. It's going to take an almighty comeback from the hosts now.
- Own-goalGustavo CabralRC Celta
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 0 Real Madrid 2 (56 mins - Gustavo Cabral OG). Real Madrid have a two-goal cushion! It was a poor pass from Roncaglia that allowed Benzema to squeeze through and get the shot away and Cabral sends the shot, which was maybe heading wide, into the back of his own net!
Gomez header! Aspas found his teammate at the back post, he was unmarked, but Gomez never really looked like scoring and he only succeeds in directing his header wide!
- Yellow cardJavi SánchezReal Madrid
Sanchez enters the book and that could be a problem for the young defender. There's still a long way to go in this game.
Off the crossbar! Benzema comes so close to a second goal! The Frenchman cut inside off the wing and bent a shot towards goal. He beats Sergio, but doesn't beat the woodwork!
No changes made by either team at the break. Of course, injuries have already forced Real Madrid into two changes, so Solari only has one change left to make from the bench.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way at Balaidos! Real Madrid have a 1-0 lead over Celta Vigo!
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Celta Vigo 0-1 Real Madrid. Benzema's goal is the difference between the two teams at the break, but both teams have had chances. Kroos should have made it 2-0.
- OffSergio ReguilónReal Madrid
- OnJavi SánchezReal Madrid
Reguillon isn't able to continue here and he comes off with an injury. Shame for the youngster.
- Yellow cardDavid JuncàRC Celta
ANOTHER booking! This time it's Junca who enters the book. The third Celta Vigo player to see a yellow card.
Courtois stops Boufal! Somehow, the Celta Vigo man managed to escape from a situation where he was surrounded, but his low drive is saved by Courtois! Decent save from the Belgian!
- Yellow cardHugo MalloRC Celta
Another yellow card. This time it's for Mallo and that means he will miss the next game for Celta Vigo.
- Yellow cardGustavo CabralRC Celta
Cabral is the latest player to enter the book. He sees yellow for a challenge on Benzema.
- Yellow cardSergio ReguilónReal Madrid
Reguillon enters the book for a flailing arm. At least, that's what the referee says. Not much in it.
How did he miss?! Oh dear. You're going to see this one on social media. Kroos had an open goal as the ball fall to him after good work from Benzema, but he somehow scoops over!
Sergio did just enough! The cross from Reguillon down the left side was a good one, with Benzema in the middle. But Sergio got fingers to the ball to put off the French striker!
Courtois has started the league games for Real Madrid since making the move from Chelsea in the summer, but Solari has now decided to stick with the Belgian in Europe as well.
Celta Vigo are doing their best to wind up Ramos. You can't really blame them. The Real Madrid captain is a volatile type and you can get at him. They have players around him at all times.
Benzema is one of the players Solari needs to get more from if Real Madrid are to recover from their poor start to the season. The Frenchman needs to show more cutting edge.
- GoalKarim BenzemaReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 0 Real Madrid 1 (24 mins - Karim Benzema). Real Madrid have the lead! Modric picked out the run of Benzema, whose touch set him up perfectly for the finish past Sergio! That was a moment of brilliance from the French striker! And what a pass from Modric too!
It's been a lively game so far, and that is pretty much par for the course in games between these two teams. Remember, it was 2-2 between Celta and Real at the Balaidos last season.
- OffCasemiroReal Madrid
- OnDani CeballosReal Madrid
Finally, there's the change from Real Madrid and Ceballos is on for the injured Casemiro.
Celta strike the post! Okay gets his head on a corner kick delivery, Courtois was completely beaten, but the effort comes back off the inside the post! So close to an opener!
This is bizarre! Casemiro is now holding his arms up to the bench in frustration. He is bemused as to why a sub hasn't been prepared... and he has a point, to be fair!
Casemiro can't continue! The Brazilian has signalled to the bench and the change will have to be made. Why is a sub not ready? He was injured quite some time ago. Very strange.
It should be noted that this could potentially be Solari's final game in charge of Real Madrid's senior team. A decision is needed by next week. Will he get the job permanently?
The crazy thing about this Liga season is that if Real Madrid claim three points tonight they would be just four points from the top of the table... after everything that has happened!
Gomez was offside! Just for a moment it looked like the Celta Vigo forward had broken the Real Madrid offside trap to get in behind. Courtois made the save, but the flag was raised.
Casemiro is back on! The Brazilian midfielder has been patched up and he's going to give it a go. But it's clear that Casemiro isn't moving as freely as he was before. One to keep an eye on.
It's been a fast and furious start to this game by both teams. Celta Vigo are a team that often lives up to the big occasion and they are doing that early on in this game. Real have their hands full.
Casemiro is down! This could be an early problem for Real Madrid. Casemiro looks to have twisted his ankle in a tackle with Gomez. Will Solari be forced into a change here?
Aspas couldn't get on the end of it! The Celta Vigo was close to turning home a cross-cum-shot from Maxi, but the former Liverpool man just couldn't stretch far enough to turn it home.
Benzema comes close TWICE! The Real Madrid striker draws the save from Sergio, and then minutes later drags a shot inches wide of the far post. It's been a good start from the away side.
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Celta Vigo against Real Madrid in the Spanish Liga.
Here we go. Just about to get under way in Vigo!
The two groups of players are walking out on to the pitch at the Balaidos. The handshakes are now taking place.
Opportunity! Barcelona's defeat to Real Betis earlier in the day has opened the door for Real Madrid. They can close the gap on their rivals with a win over Celta Vigo this evening.
Real Madrid come into this game on the back of a thumping win over Vktoria Plzen in the Champions League during the week, but Balaidos is always a very difficult place to visit.
TEAM NEWS: Celta Vigo - Sergio, Mallo, Roncaglia, Cabral, Junca, Beltran, Okay, Mendez, Boufal, Aspas, Gomez. /// Real Madrid - Courtois, Odriozola, Nacho, Ramos, Reguillon, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Vazquez, Benzema, Bale.
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