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P. Sisto
N. Radoja
Lucas Vázquez
Assist
T. Kroos
Goal
M. Díaz
Álvaro Morata
Pape Diop
D. Wass
Iago Aspas
J. Guidetti
J. Rodríguez
L. Modrić
J. Guidetti
Assist
F. Orellana
Goal
Lucas Vázquez
Marco Asensio
Álvaro Morata
Goal
Jonny Castro
Yellow Card
Hugo Mallo
Yellow Card
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0
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Stats

Possession
% %
11
3
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 10 3
Total Passes 462 408

Commentary

It was far from a vintage performance from Real Madrid this evening, but they just about did enough to narrowly beat Celta, who will be disappointed to leave the capital without a point. The hosts improved slightly after the break thanks to a good display from Bale, but the visitors will be frustrated that they were unable to take advantage of the counter-attacking chances that they were presented with. Zidane won't be partciularly happy with how his side performed this evening, but he will no doubt be mightly relieved that they managed to wrap up a 14th straight league victory.
FULL-TIME: REAL MADRID 2-1 CELTA VIGO
And another for Bale! Aspas loses the ball deep down the right wing and, once again, Real Madrid hit Celta on a late counter. Bale sprints forward and then tries to beat Alvarez with a cheeky chip from 25 yards out, but it ends up sailing several yards over the crossbar before the referee blows his whistle for the final time.
Late chance for Rodriguez! The Colombian flies into the left-hand side of the Celta penalty area on a great run before trying to beat Alvarez at the near post, but his thumping effort is parried away by a strong save from the goalkeeper.
A Real Madrid attacking move breaks down, and Celta immediately try to hit the hosts on the counter. They initially move the ball around well thanks to good play from Sisto over on the left flank, but they're unable to make the counter-attack count and the home side easily deal with the danger.
Vazquez is presented with a good opportunity to confirm the win for Real Madrid with a third goal, but he's quickly put under pressure and slips at the vital moment, which results in him firing his 20-yard shot several yards wide of the Celta goal.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be three minutes of added time.
Mallo gets himself into a good position down the right wing once again, but his curling cross fails to find a teammate and instead allows Real Madrid to break forward on a quick counter-attack. Rodriguez picks up the ball over on the right and immediately sends a lofted pass towards Mariano, but it's overhit and fails to find the striker before bouncing into the hands of Alvarez.
Sloppy defending at the back results in another corner for Celta, which is sent back into a dangerous position inside the Real Madrid penalty area. This time Ramos is just about able to deal with the danger, but the visitors try to come back once again before Sisto fails to keep the ball in play deep down the right flank.
Aspas goes close! Mallo picks up the ball on the right-hand side of the Real Madrid penalty area and does well to chip a cross over the head of Marcelo and into the middle of the box. It almost finds Aspas in a great position in front of goal, but the ball ends up missing the forward by the narrowest of margins.
P. Sisto
N. Radoja
Celta de Vigo
Celta have made their final change of the night, with Sisto coming on to replace Radoja in another attacking alteration. Can the young forward make a positive impact for his new club?
Celta come back quickly and win themselves a corner on the right wing. Orellana steps up and curls a dangerous cross into the middle of the penalty area that Casilla can't deal with fully, allowing Bongonda to send a first-time header that ends up sailing a few yards over the top of the crossbar.
Celta quickly try to find a way back into the game with their first attack since the restart. Aspas cuts inside from the right wing and heads towards the penalty area before trying to tee up Diop, but his pass is poor and misses the midfielder before rolling into the feet of Varane.
Lucas Vázquez
Assist
Real Madrid
Vazquez did well to put pressure on the Celta back line before spotting the run of Kroos, but questions have to be asked of Roncaglia, who was far too timid in possession and had the ball stolen from under his nose far too easily.
T. Kroos
Goal
Real Madrid
GOAL! Real Madrid are back in front! The hosts keep putting an incredible amount of pressure on the visitors, who are starting to struggle with the pressure being put on them. Vazquez breaks down the right wing before cutting the ball back to Kroos, and the German slots a lovely, 20-yard shot past Alvarez and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net. Will that prove to be winner?
What a great chance for Celta to go in front! After dealing with the corner, Celta fly forward on an excellent counter-attack. Diop sprints deep into the Real Madrid half of the pitch before trying to tee up Orellana, but his attempted pass over to the goalscorer is poor and is easily cut out by Kroos.
A wonderful cross from Bale almost finds Ramos at the back post, but he's marginally beaten to the ball and has to settle for a corner. The set-piece is flung into the heart of the penalty area and causes Celta a few problems but, in the end, they're just about to deal with the danger.
Ball after ball is flung into the Celta penalty area as Real Madrid desperately try to find a second goal, but nothing seems to work as each one is easily dealt with by the visitors' back line.
M. Díaz
Álvaro Morata
Real Madrid
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have replaced Morata with Mariano.
Pape Diop
D. Wass
Celta de Vigo
Celta have made their second change, with Diop coming on to replace Wass in an attacking substitution for the visitors.
Real Madrid come back again quickly after a Celta counter-attack breaks down and get themselves into a good position deep inside the visitors' half of the pitch. Vazquez picks up the ball over on the right wing and quickly sends a cross into the box, but it's poorly hit and sails straight into the hands of Alvarez.
And now Marcelo goes down and screams for a penalty! The left-back embarks on a wonderful, marauding run down the wing before cutting into the penalty area, where he's blocked off by Cabral. He and the home fans go crazy as they look for a penalty, but, once again, the referee isn't at all interested.
Iago Aspas
J. Guidetti
Celta de Vigo
Guidetti makes his way off the pitch to be replaced by Aspas in their first alteration of the night.
Rodriguez goes down inside the penalty area, but nothing is given! The Colombian links up well with Morata before breaking into the Celta box, but he's dispossessed by Roncaglia before he can get a shot away. He quickly pleads for a penalty, but the referee shakes his head and only awards a corner.
Morata goes close! Bale breaks down the left wing before curling an excellent cross into the heart of the Celta penalty area, but the striker is put under good pressure by Roncaglia and is unable to meet the ball, which sails just a few inches over the top of his head.
J. Rodríguez
L. Modrić
Real Madrid
Real Madrid have made their second change of the game, with Modric making way for Rodriguez.
J. Guidetti
Assist
Celta de Vigo
Guidetti did well to weave his way towards the edge of the Real Madrid penalty area before teeing up Orellana, but the latter was left in too much space by the home sides, whose defenders will no doubt be questioned by their manager.
F. Orellana
Goal
Celta de Vigo
GOAL! Celta have equalised! The visitors move the ball around excellently before Guidetti is set up on the edge of the penalty area, and the Swedish striker quickly tees up Orellana. He's left in far too much space by the hosts and is allowed the time and space to lift a lovely strike over the head of Casilla and into the back of the net. Game on!
Bale breaks into the left-hand side of the Real Madrid box once again and gets himself into a good position before trying to beat Alvarez, but his flying header ends up sailing narrowly wide of the near post.
Lucas Vázquez
Marco Asensio
Real Madrid
Real Madrid have made their first substitution of the game, with Asensio making way for Vazquez.
Morata hits the post! Kroos breaks through the middle of the pitch on a great run before poking an excellent through-ball into the path of the striker. He beats his marker with ease and heads into the penalty area before slotting a low shot past Alvarez and towards goal, but it ends up ricocheting off the woodwork.
Celta are unable to fully clear the danger and lose the ball deep inside their own half of the pitch. Casemiro picks up possession and immediately sends a curling shot over to the far-right of the net, but it ends up sailing a few yards wide of the goal.
More sloppy play from Celta gives the ball back to Real Madrid, who quickly push forward through Asensio. He dribbles his way into the middle of the pitch before looking to shoot, but he's quickly closed down and eventually loses his footing before he's able to do so.
Álvaro Morata
Goal
Real Madrid
GOAL! Real Madrid have finally found the back of the net! Another awful attempted clearance from Alvarez gifts possession back to Real Madrid, who quickly work the ball back into the Celta penalty area. It finds Asensio, who can't beat the goalkeeper, but Morata pops up to show him how it's done with a thumping strike that flies into the back of the net.
A poor attempted clearance from Alvarez can only find Modric, who immediately tees up Morata on the edge of the Celta penalty area. He spins quickly before unleashing a shot, but he's swiftly flagged offside, much to his annoyance.
Morata weaves through the middle of the pitch before teeing up Marcelo, who is in a great position deep down the left wing. The full-back cuts inside and heads towards the edge of the penalty area before trying to chip a deft pass into the box and back towards Morata, but it's poorly hit and can only find Alvarez.
Great save by Alvarez! Bale steps up and fires an excellent curling strike towards the top right-hand corner of the net, but the Celta goalkeeper does wonderfully well to tip the shot over the top of the crossbar and out for a corner.
Jonny Castro
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
Castro charges into the back of Bale and clumsily clatters into the Welshman, resulting in another free-kick for Real Madrid, this time slightly further towards the penalty area. Can he make it count this time?
Celta patiently work the ball around just outside of the Real Madrid box before Orellana picks up the in a pocket of space. He flings a lofted pass over to Mallo, who makes a good run over to the right of the penalty area, and he then sends a head over to Guidetti before being flagged offside.
Bale steps up and tries to beat Alvarez with a looping shot, but the Welshman's strike is poorly hit and sails high and wide of its intended target.
Hugo Mallo
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
Mallo clumsily pushes Morata to the ground as the two battle for the ball midway inside the Celta half of the pitch, and he receives the first yellow card of the game after giving away a free-kick in a dangerous position.
Celta are unable to fully clear the danger, allowing Asensio to twist and turn as he weaves his way inside from the right flank. He beats two defenders and then unleashes a low shot from 25 yards out, but it's well saved by Alvarez, who darts to his right to stop the effort.
Real Madrid come back again through Modric, who once again wins his side a corner. It's fired in low and finds the Croatian, who flicks the ball on to Bale. The Welshman then tries to do the same from the penalty spot, but his effort on goal fails to beat Cabral and is eventually cleared by the visitors.
A Celta attack breaks down and Real Madrid immediately break away through Modric, who darts down the right wing before linking up with Bale and winning his side a corner. It's flung into the middle of the visitors' penalty area, but Orellana is easily able to clear the danger at the near post.
And now Wass goes close! Another wonderful attacking move from Celta results in a chance on goal for Wass, but just as he's about to shoot he has the ball poked away from him by Varane. Real Madrid are all over the place at the back!
Great play by Celta! Wass breaks towards the edge of the Real Madrid penalty area before teeing up Guidetti, who then spins and finds Bongonda. The Belgian cuts inside and sends the ball back to Wass, who then pokes a through-ball over to Guidetti on the left-hand side of the penalty area, but the Swedish striker's low cross fails to find a blue shirt, despite being fired into an excellent position inside the box.
And we're underway once again!
The two teams are making their way back out on to the pitch ahead of the start of the second half. Neither side have made any substitutions during the half-time break.
It's been a frustrating opening 45 minutes for Real Madrid, who receive a smattering of boos from the home fans as they make their way off the pitch. They've found it tough to find a way through Celta, who have put in a diligent and strong defensive performance to continually frustrate the hosts. Morata has struggled in front of goal, where he's often been found in offside positions, whilst Asensio and Bale have largely been shut out of the game. If they are to find any way back into the clash, Zidane will have to make a few tactical tweaks before the second half gets underway.
HALF-TIME: REAL MADRID 0-0 CELTA VIGO
Celta get themselves into a good position on the edge of the Real Madrid penalty area once again, but this time a poor attempted flick from Orellana fails to find a teammate and is easily cut out by the hosts, who then try to break away on a quick counter-attack.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be just one minute of added time.
Real Madrid move the ball around quickly on the edge of the Celta penalty area before Kroos pokes a lovely pass into the path of Morata. The striker is in a good position over on the left of the box but steps forward slightly too early, resulting in the linesman's flag being raised for offside.
Orellana skips past Casemiro just outside of the Real Madrid penalty area before being clumsily tripped over by the Brazilian, resulting in a free-kick for Celta in a very dangerous position. Orellana steps up and sends a curling cross towards Guidetti, but it's cut out before it can reach the Swedish striker. The ball bounces out to Radoja, however, but the midfielder's 30-yard strike is easily saved by Casilla.
Bale cuts inside from the right wing and tries to test Alvarez with a thumping strike from 25 yards out, but it isn't hit with enough power and ends up bouncing comfortably into the hands of Alvarez. Real Madrid have been forced into firing speculative shots from far out and, so far, it hasn't worked for them.
Celta are thoroughly enjoying themselves inside the Real Madrid half of the pitch, and they're starting to cause the hosts problems. First, Bongonda sees a low cross almost reach Guidetti in front of goal before Orellana darts into the left-hand side of the box and chips a cross over to the far post, where Marcelo is just about able to head it away from danger.
Celta come back once again, with Wass playing an important role over on the right. He gets himself into a pocket of space before chipping another dangerous cross into the heart of the penalty area, but this time it's dealt with by Carvajal before it can find Bongonda in front of goal.
Wass breaks down the right wing on a good run before thumping a low cross into the Real Madrid box, but it's just about dealt with by Marcelo, who charges in front of Guidetti stop the Swedish striker from meeting the ball in a dangerous position in front of goal.
Bale goes close! The corner is whipped towards the near post, where it finds Bale, but the Welshman's headed effort ends up sailing just wide of the near post after leaving Alvarez rooted to the spot in the middle of the goalmouth.
Another great strike by Modric! Real Madrid work the ball around the edge of the Celta penalty area before the Croatian unleashes another thumping shot towards the roof of the net, but this time Alvarez does well to parry it away from goal and out for a corner.
Casemiro wins the ball back for Real Madrid in the middle of the pitch before spraying a pass over to Marcelo on the left. The full-back charges forward and then fires a dangerous low cross into the heart of the Celta penalty area, but Asensio's attempted first-time strike is completely mishit and he ends up scuffing the ball away from goal and past the outstretched foot of Bale, who tries his hardest to keep the ball in play but is unable to do so.
Modric hits the crossbar! The Croatian midfielder breaks forward on a great driving run and takes advantage of sloppy defending from Celta by unleashing a rocket of a shot from just outside of the penalty area. It beats the fingertips of Alvarez before heading towards the roof of the net, but it ends up ricocheting off the woodwork and away from goal.
After a disappointing few minutes, Real Madrid are finally able to push forward and back into the Celta half of the pitch. Asensio and Marcelo link up well over on the left wing before the latter tries to send a through-ball down the flank, but it's sloppy and ends up rolling out of play for a goal-kick.
Golden opportunity for Bongonda! The Belgian once again breaks through the disjointed Real Madrid back line and embarks on a fantastic run down the left wing. He cuts inside and penetrates the penalty area before trying to shoot, but his attempted on goal is completely mishit and sails several yards wide of the near post. He really should have done better with that!
Celta have started the game well and are looking impressive every time they push forward. Once again, Bongonda plays an important role in a quick attacking move down the left wing before whipping a low cross into the penalty area, but it's sent too near to Casilla and the Real Madrid goalkeeper is easily able to collect the ball.
Wass pushes forward towards the Real Madrid penalty area and does well to find himself in a pocket of space just outside of the box. He links up well with Bongonda before trying to fire a 20-yard shot after receiving the ball back from the winger, but the Danish midfielder is quickly closed down and his effort fails to find its way through to goal.
A half-hearted Celta attack breaks down on the halfway line, allowing Real Madrid to hit their opponents on a quick counter-attack. A long pass forward is fired into the feet of Morata, who then tries to send a flick over to Asensio, but it's slightly underhit and is easily cut out by Mallo.
Marcelo charges down the left wing and gets himself into a good position before curling a cross into the middle of the penalty area. It finds Bale in a good position but the Welshman is unable to get the ball under control and ends up sending his header back over his head and over to Bongonda, who then deals with the danger.
Modric seems to be hobbling slightly after being caught on the top of the foot whilst battling for the ball. For now he seems okay to continue, but he's sent a few worried looks over to the substitutes' bench, so the Real Madrid medical team will be keeping a close eye on him.
Almost a costly mistake by Alvarez! A poor attempted clearance from the Celta goalkeeper flies straight to Modric, who immediately fires a thumping shot towards goal. However, it's sent far too near the middle of the goal and is easily dealt with by Alvarez, who then quickly apologises to his teammates for his error.
Chance for Morata! A Celta attacks break down over on the left wing thanks to good defending from Carvajal, and the hosts immediately hit their opponents on the counter. They work the ball forward quickly before Morata cuts inside from the right and sends a curling shot towards goal, but it's sent a few yards wide of the far post.
Once again, Real Madrid try to find joy down the right wing, but a loose pass from Morata fails to find Carvajal, who then sticks out a foot and fouls Bongonda, resulting in a free-kick for Celta deep inside their own half of the pitch.
The hosts continue to dominate possession, but they haven't yet managed to carve open the Celta defence, who are doing well to keep Real Madrid largely at bay thanks to strong defending from Radoja and Wass, who are camped in front of their back four.
Real Madrid patiently pass the ball around inside the Celta half of the pitch as they try to find a way through the visitors' defence. Morata eventually bursts down the right wing and heads towards the byline before looking to swing a cross into the box, but he's outmuscled and the ball is shepherded out of play for a goal-kick.
Marcelo slips slightly as he tries to deal with Orellana to fly past the Brazilian as he attempts to latch on to a pass down the right flank. The winger's run forward is slightly mistimed, however, and the linesman's flag is quickly raised as a result.
Good work from Morata sees him charge into the area, with Roncaglia and the Celta defence eventually able to make a frantic clearance.
Real Madrid have the early possession, although a passing move breaks down with Morata flagged for offside.
The match is under way!
The players are in the tunnel and we are set to get under way at the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid won last season's fixture 7-1 in March, although Cristiano Ronaldo - who scored four in that game - is unavailable today.
CELTA VIGO TEAM: Alvarez, Mallo, Roncaglia, Cabral, Jonny, Radoja, Wass, Orellana, Hernandez, Bongonda, Guidetti.
REAL MADRID TEAM: Casilla, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Asensio, Morata, Bale.
Despite a quiet transfer window, Zinedine Zidane's men have made a strong start to the campaign, beating Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup before a 3-0 win over Real Sociedad to start their league season last week.
Madrid have the opportunity to put pressure on their title rivals this weekend as they play first. City rivals Atletico are in action away to Leganes later, while Barcelona travel to play Athletic Bilbao tomorrow.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage from LaLiga as Real Madrid take on Celta Vigo at Santiago Bernabeu.
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