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FULL TIME: Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid
- GoalMarco AsensioReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 1 Real Madrid 3 (90+3 mins - Marco Asensio). Job done for Real Madrid as Benzema caps an impressive performance by racing up the pitch and squaring for Asensio who has the simple task of finishing into the back of the empty net from close range. Three points in the bag.
Real Madrid now just want to run down the clock. They win a corner kick, but decide to play it short and keep hold of the ball. Celta Vigo might not get one more chance here.
Cross into Benzema! That could have been the hat trick for the Real Madrid striker! The cross was played into Benzema, but he couldn't make a connection and Vinicius' shot is blocked!
There will be three minutes of stoppage time played at the end of the match.
Can Celta Vigo create one last opportunity to find the back of the net and snatch point? It must be said that their performance in the second half would warrant it. Much better.
Casemiro is down on the ground with a knock. The Brazilian midfielder clashed with Solari as he attempted to make a clearance. He'll be fine to continue, but needs a breather.
The refereeing decision that led to the freekick from which Aspas struck the post was a strange one. Modric was penalised despite appearing to play a pass cleanly. Really weird.
Real Madrid are hanging on a bit here. Celta Vigo have been the better team in this second half. Why hasn't Zidane made more changes? His players look dead on their feet!
Aspas off the post! Inches away from being an equaliser for Celta Vigo, but Aspas' freekick takes a tiny touch off Casemiro in the wall and bounces off the outside of Courtois' post!
Then the Champions League quarter finals will be upon Real Madrid. Zidane’s side will take on Liverpool for a place in the competition’s final four. That will be one to watch!
Of course, after this it’s the international break meaning Real Madrid will have to wait two weeks to face Eibar in their next La Liga fixture. Will the break do Zidane’s men good?
Benzema shot is saved! The Frenchman takes aim after a mistake in the Celta Vigo backline, but Villar makes the stop to prevent Real Madrid from regaining their two-goal advantage.
Ramos has only just returned to the Real Madrid team after a spell on the sidelines. Even at 34, he is still one of the most important players at the club. Can they convince him to stay?
Of course, Ramos’ contract at Real Madrid is up at the end of the season, so would Alaba be signed as a replacement for the veteran? Or might Varane be the one who is moved on?
- OffNolitoRC Celta
- OnAugusto SolariRC Celta
Solari also comes on for Nolito as Celta Vigo search for an equaliser.
- OffToni KroosReal Madrid
- OnMarco AsensioReal Madrid
Zidane finally makes his first change of the match and Asensio is introduced.
- Yellow cardNachoReal Madrid
Nacho gets away with one! The Real Madrid centre back looked to stamp on Aspas as Celta Vigo attacked, but the referee only shows a yellow. That could have been a straight red!
Not so long ago, this season looked to be fizzling out for Real Madrid. Now, though, they are back in the title picture at the top of La Liga and have secured their place in the Champions League quarters, but they need a win here.
Vinicius has so much talent, but too often he struggles to come up with the final product. The Brazilian frequently does the tricky but and then fluffs his lines when it comes to the easy bit.
Vinicius into the area! The Brazilian winger bursts into the Celta Vigo penalty area, but he couldn't pick out Benzema in the middle with the pass. Final product lacking again.
The dynamic of this match has shifted dramatically since Mina's goal. Real Madrid now look leggy after their Champions League efforts during the week and Celta are on top.
Courtois denies Aspas! An opportunity for Celta Vigo to draw level with Aspas taking aim from the edge of the Real Madrid box, but Courtois gets down to make the diving save.
Vinicius shot blocked! Real Madrid come flying forward on the counter attack, but the effort from the Brazilian winger is blocked. He might have done better with that opportunity.
While there is no doubting Alaba’s quality as one of the best defenders in the European game, his arrival at Real Madrid would raise some questions over Ramos and Varane’s place in the team.
It has been widely reported that David Alaba will be making the move to Real Madrid at the end of the season. The Austrian defender is out of contract at Bayern Munich this summer.
Modric is out of contract at the end of the season, but unlike the situation with Ramos there is a strong sense that the Croatian midfielder will stay at Real Madrid. Contract talks are progressing.
Zidane tends to stick by his favourites and he is certainly getting the best out of veterans like Kroos and Modric. Both players, especially the latter, have been in exceptional form this season.
Mallo has returned from suspension for Celta Vigo this afternoon. He is a very important player for the Galicians, but he hasn’t given them much threat down the right side of the pitch.
Mendy curls one well wide! The Real Madrid left back cuts inside and takes the shot with his right foot. He scored one with his right against Atalanta in Italy, but this one is well wide.
Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last nine away matches in La Liga. Zidane’s team are set up to thrive on the road. Playing at the Balaidos looks to suit them. On course to make it 10.
The omens were always good for Real Madrid this afternoon. They have won five of the last six matches they have played against Celta Vigo in all competitions.
It's noticeable that Celta Vigo are pressing much higher on Real Madrid than they were in the first half. Mendy buys a freekick when he was struggling to find a pass out.
Casemiro missed the mid-week game against Atalanta in the Champions League due to suspension, but the Brazilian is back for this match and has looked fresh as a result.
One player who is missing once again for Real Madrid this afternoon is Eden Hazard. The Belgian still can’t find fitness and his career in Spanish football is now becoming a bit of a write off.
Can Celta Vigo build on the lifeline they gave themselves at the end of the first half? Real Madrid were cruising, but the goal from Mina has changed the complexion of the contest.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way! Real Madrid have a 2-1 lead over Celta Vigo in this La Liga fixture.
HALF TIME: Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid. Benzema's brace had the away side cruising, but Mina's header has given Celta Vigo a foothold. Can they use it to mount the comeback?
PICTURE: Benzema has two goals
That Celta Vigo has changed the complexion of this match. The home side looked very flat beforehand, but there is now a spring in their step. They believe they can fight back!
That goal really came out of nothing. As good as Kroos has been in this first half, it was his foul that gave Celta Vigo the freekick and then Mina was his man at the set piece.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 1 (40 mins - Santi Mina) Real Madrid 2. Celta Vigo have given themselves a lifeline in this match! Denis creates some chaos in the Real Madrid penalty area with a freekick delivery, Mina was unmarked and guided a header into the far corner of the net! Courtois couldn't get there!
Coudet will want to see much more from his players in the second half. Celta Vigo need to do more to get on the ball. Real Madrid have controlled the majority of the contest.
Zidane has started using Vinicius as something of a secondary striker rather than a winger and it has worked to good effect. The Brazilian can have more influence here.
The good form of Nacho has made the back three a viable option for Real Madrid. The versatile defender did an excellent job of deputising for Ramos when he was out injured. He’s out again now.
PICTURE: Benzema has a brace
Aspas is up front for Celta Vigo this afternoon, as he tends to. The former Liverpool attacker has nine goals and eight assists in 23 La Liga appearances this season. Could use a couple more here.
Balaidos has been a bit of a fortress in recent weeks for Celta Vigo. Indeed, they have won three and drawn just one of their last La Liga matches played at home. Not going to plan here though!
Benzema's first goal!
Celta Vigo have shot themselves in the foot there. It was Tapia who gave the ball up on the edge of the box, but he was put under intense pressure by the ball from his teammate.
- GoalKarim BenzemaReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 0 Real Madrid 2 (30 mins - Karim Benzema). Oh dear, Celta. They give up the ball on the edge of their own penalty box, Kroos prods the ball through to Benzema and the Frenchman makes no mistake in finishing past Villar. Real Madrid are two goals to the good and cruising here!
Celta Vigo came into this match in impressive form. They have lost just one of their last eight matches with that defeat coming against Valencia. How high can they finish in the table?
There aren’t many all-round centre forwards like Benzema in the European game. He’s much more than just a goalscorer. Real Madrid’s attacking play as a whole flows through him.
- Yellow cardVinícius JúniorReal Madrid
Vinicius becomes the first player to be shown a yellow card this afternoon.
Benzema has been in exceptional form recently. Indeed, the French striker has now found the back of the net in each of his last seven appearances for Real Madrid. He’s so important to them.
The finish from Benzema was fantastic, but the pass from Kroos was just as good. There didn't appear to be anything on for the German, but he still found the right ball!
- GoalKarim BenzemaReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 0 Real Madrid 1 (20 mins - Karim Benzema). There's the first goal and Benzema's scoring run continues! Kroos picked the pass through the Celta Vigo defence, the French forward controlled it instantly and guided a side-footed effort into the far corner of the net! What a finish!
PICTURE: No early breakthrough
After a tricky start to this match, Celta Vigo have settled down a bit and are seeing more of the ball. They have grown into the encounter with Real Madrid doing some defending now.
Nearly fell to Nolito! The ball was played to the back post, Mina got up highest to knock it down, but the Celta Vigo attacker couldn't control it in the box and it bounces through to Courtois.
Atleti’s stuttering form at the top of La Liga has opened the door for Barcelona and Real Madrid to make a late and unexpected charge for the title. A win here is a must for Los Blancos.
The defending Spanish champions left it late to get the job done against Elche in their last league match, coming from behind to claim victory late on, but they are still on the tails of Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid come into this match on the back of a 3-1 home win over Atalanta in the last 16 of the Champions League. Zidane’s side have found some good form in recent weeks.
Today's Real Madrid lineup
Celta Vigo are trying to pass out from the back, but the high press from Real Madrid is causing them some problems. The home team have yet to get going this afternoon.
Vinicius has enjoyed a lively start to this match. The Brazilian was impressive in the Champions League win over Atalanta, although he couldn't find his shooting boots.
Real Madrid have certainly started the better of the two teams. They are taking the game to Celta Vigo, but the hosts are one of the best sides in La Liga in rapid transitions.
The wind was a factor in Villar ending up so far off his line there. It held the ball up as it was played over the top and resulted in some hesitation from Mallo and the goalkeeper.
Benzema has the shot blocked! Villar ended up in an awkward position well off his line, Benzema tried to shoot with the goalkeeper absent, but the block is made by the defender.
As mentioned in the build-up to this match, there's no Ramos for Real Madrid. The central defender had only just returned from a period on the sidelines. Has there been another knock?
What sort of match will we get this afternoon? There is actually quite a strong wind at Balaidos. This is a stadium that is relatively close to the coast. It could be a factor.
The match is under way! It's Celta Vigo against Real Madrid in this La Liga fixture!
Okay, here we go. We are about to get under way at Balaidos. Kick off is coming up shortly!
Casemiro is back in the Real Madrid team this afternoon after missing out against Atalanta due to suspension.
Not long until kick off at Balaidos. How will Real Madrid cope without Ramos in the lineup?
It looks like a pleasant afternoon at Balaidos. That is not always the case. In fact, this stadium has a reputation for being one of the most challenging in La Liga for weather conditions.
Celta Vigo are in good form at the moment and so this has the potential to be a challenging afternoon for Real Madrid who need a win to stay on Atletico Madrid's tails.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the match to let me know your thoughts. Can Celta Vigo claim victory against the Spanish champions? Tweet me - @grahamruthven!
No Ramos! The big news in Real Madrid's starting lineup is that there's no sign of Ramos! The 34-year-old came off in the Champions League win over Atalanta during the week.
TEAM NEWS: Celta Vigo - Villar, Mallo, Araujo, Murillo, Martin, Tapia, Mendez, Suarez, Nolito, Aspas, Mina. /// Real Madrid - Courtois, Mendy, Nacho, Varane, Vazquez, Casemiro, Valverde, Kroos, Modric, Vinicius, Benzema.
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