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Celta de Vigo v Real Madrid Live Commentary, 11/11/2018

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Hugo Mallo (61)
Brais Méndez (90+4)
K. Benzema (23)
G. Cabral (56 og)
Sergio Ramos (83 pen)
Dani Ceballos (90+1)


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Madrid are next in action after the international break on the road against Eibar, while Celta play Real Sociedad at the Anoeta.
Real Madrid move within four points of Barcelona at the top of LaLiga courtesy of their comfortable 4-2 win over Celta Vigo this evening. Karim Benzema opened the scoring with a neat finish before he forced an own goal from Gustavo Cabral. Hugo Mallo brought the home side back into the contest with a fine finish, but a penalty from Sergio Ramos and a stunning strike from Dani Ceballos secured the three points, despite a late effort from Brais Mendez. Santiago Solari's men win their fourth game on the bounce since their hammering at the hands of Barca in El Clasico.
Iago Aspas
Celta de Vigo
90' + 4' Aspas knocks the ball back to Mendez, who does the rest with his deflected finish.
Brais Méndez
Celta de Vigo
90' + 4' GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!! MENDEZ SCORES!!! 4-2!!!! Celta get a late goal to improve the scoreline as Mendez's strike is deflected into the net. Aspas makes a driving run into the Madrid box before cutting a pass back to his team-mate. Mendez fires at goal and his effort hits the leg of Javi Sanchez, which wrong foots Courtois to find the back of the net.
Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid
90' + 1' Ramos offloads to Ceballos, who does the rest with a fine finish.
Dani Ceballos
Real Madrid
90' + 1' GOALLLLLLLLLL!!! CEBALLOS SCORES A STUNNER!! 4-1 MADRID!! Ceballos puts the icing on the cake for the visitors with a special strike from distance. He collects Ramos' offload before running at the Celta defence. The midfielder unleashes a powerful strike from 20 yards that soars into the top corner leaving Alvarez with no chance.
90' There will be four minutes of added time.
90' OVER! Aspas picks out the run of Mallo in the box and he goes for the strike from a tight angle, only to hammer his effort harmlessly over the bar.
89' Ramos covers with a sliding challenge at the back to stop Maxi Gomez firing at goal. The striker drifted into space, but before he could shoot the Madrid skipper was there with a fine closing tackle.
87' Cabral makes his unfortunate evening worse by earning a second yellow card. He catches Ramos late with a lunge, forcing the referee to brandish the yellow then a red card.
85' The game is beyond the home side now, barring a bizarre twist in the final stages of the contest.
Sergio Ramos
Penalty Goal
Real Madrid
83' GOALLLLLLLLLL!!! RAMOS CONVERTS! 3-1!!!! Ramos deploys the cheeky chip from the spot as he waits for Alvarez to commit himself. The Celta keeper dives to his left and Ramos lofts the ball down the middle, with just enough power to prevent Alvarez getting back to get a hand on it. Madrid surely have the three points secured now.
81' PENALTY TO REAL MADRID! Junca catches Odriozola with a high leg in the box, sending the full-back to the deck. The referee does not hesitate in pointing to the spot.
79' Hjulsager raids down the left flank and looks for Maxi Gomez in the box, but he overhits his delivery and the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
77' Frustration for Antonio Mohamed on the sideline as Yokuslu slides a pass to Mor, but the midfielder was in an offside position.
76' The game is there for Celta if they can carve out a chance to find an equaliser. Madrid are vulnerable at the back without Casemiro for protection and Nacho in the defence. Javi Sanchez has already been booked.
74' Asensio turns with pace and finds Bale in space out on the left flank. The Welshman fires a low ball into the box, but Benzema is on his heels on the edge.
72' Aspas weaves his way down the left flank before cutting the ball into the middle. Mor swings a leg at a strike on the edge of the box, but Ramos is well placed to make the block.
Marco Asensio
Real Madrid
71' Nacho is forced from the field and is replaced by Asensio. This will force a re-shuffle at the back for the visitors.
69' SAVE! Aspas breaks with menace towards the edge of the box and he unleashes a powerful strike towards the bottom corner. However, Courtois gets down to make a fine one-handed stop to keep the visitors ahead in the contest.
68' Odriozola makes a run down the right flank and he sends a low cross into the box that the Celta defence clear. The Madrid full-back remains on the deck for a few seconds. The visitors cannot afford another injury at the back.
66' A concern for Madrid as Nacho pulls up after clearing downfield. He may have to make way here. The visitors do not have a lot of depth behind him on the bench.
65' The goal has given the home side new life in the final third. Aspas has energy now in his play.
A. Hjulsager
S. Boufal
Celta de Vigo
63' Hjulsager replaces Boufal on the flank for the hosts.
E. Mor
Fran Beltrán
Celta de Vigo
63' Beltran makes way for Mor for the home side.
63' Bale lines up a shot to nothing from distance as he lacks support in the final third, but he pulls his effort harmlessly wide of the post.
Brais Méndez
Celta de Vigo
61' Mendez lifts a delightful ball over the top for Mallo to chase and score.
Hugo Mallo
Celta de Vigo
61' GOALLLLLLLLL!!!! MALLO FINISHES SUPERBLY!!! 2-1!!! Celta are back in the game through a fine effort from their captain. Aspas and Mendez combined on the right flank to set up the opportunity with the latter clipping a ball into the right inside channel. Mallo made the run and struck his effort first time on the volley, firing his strike low into the bottom corner.
58' The home side have a huge mountain to climb to get back into the contest. Madrid are in control of the game now.
G. Cabral
Own Goal
Celta de Vigo
56' GOALLLLLLLL!!!!! CABRAL SCORES AN OWN GOAL !! MADRID 2-0!!! Benzema gets the better of Roncaglia in the box, capitalising on a loose pass from the defender. He then turns Junca inside and out before drilling his effort through Alvarez. The ball strikes the post and then hits the covering Cabral on the line before finding the net.
54' Mendez whips the ball into the box, and Nacho is able to win the first header. Courtois eases the pressure on his defenders by racing off his line to claim in a crowd of players.
Javier Sánchez
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
53' Sanchez brings down Maxi Gomez on the charge and goes into the book. Celta have a free-kick 30 yards from goal.
52' Vazquez looks for the run of Bale in the box, but the ball skips away from the Welshman and into the hands of Alvarez.
50' OFF THE BAR! Benzema finds space for a strike and he unleashes his effort at goal, only to see his effort strike the bar and bounce to safety.
49' WIDE! Mendez raids down the right flank and whips a cross to the back post for the head of Aspas. He's unmarked, but the forward fails to hit the target with his header.
47' Aspas attempts to get the better of Odriozola and goes down in a heap. He looks to the referee for a free-kick, but his appeal is turned down.
46' We're back underway at Balaidos.
It has been a chippy affair with four players already in the book. Casemiro and Sergio Reguilon have been forced off for the visitors, which will restrict Santiago Solari's options in the second half. Celta have played decent football at times, but have lacked consistency in their play.
The first half comes to an end at Balaidos with Real Madrid holding a 1-0 lead over Celta Vigo. Karim Benzema's strike is the difference between the two sides, although the game should have more goals. Okay Yokuslu hit the post for the home side before the Frenchman put Madrid ahead, while Toni Kroos missed an open goal for the visitors to deny them a 2-0 advantage.
Javier Sánchez
Real Madrid
45' + 1' Madrid are forced into their second change as Reguilon is withdrawn for Javi Sanchez.
45' There will be three minutes of added time.
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
44' Junca goes into the book for bringing down Odriozola on the charge.
43' CHANCE! Space opens up down the left for Celta and Boufal winds up an effort in his left foot, only to be denied by a sharp save from Courtois. The Belgian got down well to his left.
41' Bale gets taken out from behind by Mallo. The Welshman gets caught on the ankle and requires treatment.
Hugo Mallo
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
41' Mallo is booked for his challenge on Bale.
G. Cabral
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
40' Cabral goes into the book for a challenge on Benzema.
39' Celta are trying to move the ball, but Madrid are restricting their access into the final third. It has been a disciplined effort at the back by the visitors since taking the lead.
Yellow Card
Real Madrid
37' Reguilon slides in on Mendez, catching the winger late, and goes into the book.
37' Madrid could be out of sight in this contest. It will give Celta belief that they could get back into the game if they're able to find their rhythn going forward.
35' MISS! Kroos has to score! Vazquez releases Benzema into the right inside channel and he fires a low ball across the face of goal. It evades Bale's outstretched leg, but travels straight towards Kroos. The German has an open goal to aim for, only to blast his effort over the bar.
33' OVER! Reguilon beats his man on the flank and whips a dangerous ball towards the back post. Alvarez fails to make contact with his punch as Benzema rises at the back post, but the forward can only direct his header over the bar.
31' Reguilon offers an outlet to attack down the left flank. He supplies a decent cross into the middle and only a watchful header from Roncaglia directs the ball away from Benzema.
29' The Madrid corner leads to a break for the home side. Aspas and Maxi Gomez combine with the latter firing a low cross into the box. It's deflected out as far as Beltran, who goes for a strike, but he sees his effort blocked by Nacho.
28' Odriozola has room again down the right flank and this time he wins a corner off the legs of Junca.
27' Madrid probe down the right as Odriozola and Vazquez combine in the final third, but the latter cannot lift a cross into the box from a tight angle.
25' Ramos brings down Aspas in the final third, but the home side are unable to make the most of the resulting free-kick. Celta need a spark from somewhere.
K. Benzema
Real Madrid
23' GOALLLLLLLLLL!! BENZEMA STRIKES!!! MADRID 1-0!! The visitors take the lead as the Frenchman displays his predatory instincts. Modric threads the needle with a precise ball over the top for the run of the forward in behind the Celta defensive line. Benzema holds his composure to slot the ball past Alvarez into the net.
L. Modrić
Real Madrid
23' Modric clips a delightful pass over the top of the Celta back four for Benzema to collect and score.
21' Reguilon raids down the left and has space to send a cross into the box. Cabral clears as far as Modric 20 yards from goal. He goes for the strike, but sends his effort wide of the target.
19' OFF THE POST! Yokuslu comes within inches of putting the home side ahead. He rises to head Mendez's corner at goal and connects with his header. It bounces towards the net, only to hit the inside of the post. The ball bounces to safety before Madrid scramble it behind for another Celta corner.
Dani Ceballos
Real Madrid
19' Casemiro has not recovered from the knock he sustained earlier in the game. Ceballos replaces him in the midfield.
18' Celta work space on the right flank for Aspas to strike at goal, but his effort is deflected wide of the target by Reguilon.
16' Celta are starting to get their foot on the ball and manoeuvring it around the half-way line, but the pressing from the visitors is keeping them at a comfortable distance.
14' Both teams are trying to establish a possession game. Madrid are having the most success at the moment.
12' Madrid continue to work shooting opportunities at the Celta goal. Kroos lines up a strike from distance, but he places his effort over the bar.
11' OVER! Madrid work the ball well across the field and Vazquez has time to lift a cross into the box, but Bale can only guide his headed effort over the bar.
10' Junca tries to lift a ball over the top towards Maxi Gomez, but the forward moves a fraction too soon and is caught offside.
8' Casemiro goes down under the challenge of Maxi Gomez in the midfield. The Brazilian requires treatment on the field.
7' It has been an open start to the game as both teams have been presented with excellent chances.
5' CLOSE! Mallo raids down the right flank and whips a cross deep into the box. Aspas and Maxi Gomez both fail to connect with headed efforts. However, Boufal gathers on the left and fires a low strike towards goal. He connects sweetly with his effort, but it evades the legs of both Celta forwards and trickles wide of the target.
3' WIDE! Madrid's fast start continues as Reguilon feeds the ball towards the run of Benzema in the box. He swings a leg at his effort on the half-volley that creeps inches past the post. So close to the opener for the visitors.
2' SAVE! Madrid have the first effort of the game as Odriozola breaks down the right flank. He cuts the ball back towards Benzema on the edge of the box, but his low strike is well saved by Alvarez.
1' We're underway at Balaidos.
The team are out on the pitch so we should be underway shortly.
Celta have failed to win in any of their last eight league games against Real Madrid (drawn 1, lost seven), conceding 3.9 goals per game (31 in total), failing to score in two of those matches.
Celta Vigo have made one change from their draw last time out against Real Betis. Maxi Gomez comes into the fold, replacing Mor in the final third alongside Aspas. Madrid have made one change to their side from their win over Plzen during the week as Modric is recalled to the side in favour of Ceballos, who drops to the bench.
SUBS: Keylor Navas, Federico Valverde, Marco Asensio, Isco, Dani Ceballos, Vinicius Junior, Javi Sanchez.
REAL MADRID (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Alvaro Odirozola, Nacho Fernandez, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Reguilon; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Lucas Vazquez, Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale.
SUBS: Nestor Araujo, Emre Mor, Ruben Blanco, Andrew Hjulsager, Kevin Vazquez, Jozabed Sanchez, Junior Alonso.
CELTA VIGO (4-4-2): Sergio Alvarez; Hugo Mallo; Facundo Roncaglia, Gustavo Cabral, David Junca; Brais Mendez, Fran Beltran, Okay Yokuslu, Sofiane Boufal; Iago Aspas, Maxi Gomez.
Celta Vigo have been struggling of late, failing to win any of their last nine matches in all competitions. They played out a thrilling 3-3 draw against Real Betis last week where they did hold a one-goal advantage, only to concede a late equalsier to Canales three minutes from time. They need a performance to stop their slide towards the relegation zone.
Real Madrid have a huge opportunity on their hands to close the gap on Barcelona at the top of the table after the Catalan club's surprise defeat at the hands of Real Betis. Madrid put on a clinic during the week against Viktoria Plzen, scoring six goals on the road in their Champions League clash to find their form in front of the net. Santiago Solari has won all three of his matches in charge of Los Blancos and will look to make it four in a row today.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the LaLiga clash between Celta Vigo and Real Madrid at Balaidos.