So Real Madrid are finally on the same number of games played as Barcelona, with Zidane's side now three points ahead of their rivals at the top of La Liga. That means that a draw against Malaga on Sunday will be enough for Real Madrid to win the title. They are within touching distance.
- 2nd Half
- Cristiano RonaldoAsensio84'
- Hugo Mallo73'
- Cristiano Ronaldo48'
- 1st Half
- Cristiano Ronaldo10'
RC Celta - Real Madrid
Liga - 18 May 2017
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Celta Vigo 1-4 Real Madrid
Zidane will be mildly concerned that even against 10 men, Real Madrid still haven't been able to keep a clean sheet. They must start tightening things up at the back ahead of the Champions League final.
Benzema has been tireless for Real Madrid this evening. It's somewhat surprising that he has played the whole game considering how far he has run. He's been everywhere throughout!
Three minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
- GoalToni KroosReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 1 Real Madrid 4 (88 mins - Toni Kroos). And that will be that! Asensio and Benzema win the ball between them on the edge of the box, with Kroos showing composure to find the bottom corner of the net with a calm finish.
WHAT A SAVE FROM SERGIO! Benzema should have scored a fourth for Real Madrid, but the Celta Vigo goalkeeper made an astonishing close range stop to deny the French striker.
- OffIscoReal Madrid
- OnLucas VázquezReal Madrid
In fact, it's a double change for Real Madrid and Isco is off for Vazquez.
- OffCristiano RonaldoReal Madrid
- OnMarco AsensioReal Madrid
No, it's Ronaldo who comes off for Real Madrid! Zidane is protecting his best player for the final two games of the season.
Looks like Real Madrid are about to make a change. Asensio is ready to come on, stripped on the touchline, so you would assume that it will be Isco or Benzema coming off?
This game has been played at a high tempo throughout, but it feels like both teams have accepted the end result now. Real Madrid are doing their best to keep Celta at arm's length.
One wonders if Zidane might be tempted to rest some of his most important players in the final few minutes of this game. Real Madrid also have a Champions League final to come.
Just to recap, this result (if Real Madrid hold out) will take Zidane's side to within a point of the league title. They would need just a draw against Malaga on the final day of the season.
This has been a sensational game so far. Celta Vigo have more than played their part. They are within their rights to feel somewhat aggrieved at some of the decisions against them.
SAVE FROM SERGIO! Real Madrid come flying forward once again, with Isco taking aim from the edge of the box after cutting inside, but Sergio gets down well to make the save.
WHAT AN ASTONISHING MISS! Ronaldo has all the time in the world to find the net from close range, sitting down Sergio, but he somehow manages to send his shot wide. Wow.
- Yellow cardHugo MalloRC Celta
Another yellow card, this time shown to Mallo for hauling back Benzema. The home fans aren't happy.
- OffJozabedRC Celta
- OnMarcelo DíazRC Celta
And now a change for Celta Vigo, with Diaz coming on for the hosts as they try to claw something back from this game.
- OffCasemiroReal Madrid
- OnMateo KovacicReal Madrid
Casemiro comes off for Real Madrid, with Kovacic coming on for the final 18 minutes of play.
- GoalKarim BenzemaReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 1 Real Madrid 3 (71 mins - Karim Benzema). Talk about an instant reaction! Marcelo drives into the Celta Vigo penalty area and squares a pass for Benzema, who has the simple task of finishing from close range. Real Madrid have their two goal cushion back.
- GoalJohn GuidettiRC Celta
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 1 (69 mins - John Guidetti) Real Madrid 2. Celta Vigo have a way back into the match! Isco gave up possession far too cheaply and Guidetti takes aim from the edge of the box, finding the net via a deflection off Ramos. The 10 men are back in it!
BIG CHANCE FOR WASS! The Celta Vigo player shaped to shoot from about eight yards out, but Navas stood as long as possible and makes the save to prevent Wass from scoring.
- Yellow cardJohn GuidettiRC Celta
And now Guidetti. There's a lot going on at the moment!
- Yellow cardJonny CastroRC Celta
Jonny enters the book for his protests. Celta Vigo are incensed by the call to send off Aspas.
Now the Celta Vigo assistant manager has been sent to the stands, but instead of walking around the pitch to the tunnel he walks straight over the playing surface! The fans are loving it.
Replays show that there was a push in the back of Aspas before he hit the deck. He was looking for the contact, but that was a bold call from the referee to show him a second yellow card for that.
- Red cardIago AspasRC Celta
SENT OFF! That's a controversial one. Aspas goes down inside the area under the challenge of Ramos, but the referee shows a yellow card to the Celta Vigo striker.
Pragmatism is the name of the game for Real Madrid now. They are playing with five at the back, protecting what they already have. Zidane isn't afraid to do that. Conservative.
The pass was made in behind for Danilo to chase, but the weight was just a little too strong and Sergio comes off his line to gather. That just illustrates the space there is to exploit, though.
Indeed, Real Madrid now look quite happy just to sit deep and soak up pressure while hitting out on the counter attack. This is will be difficult for Celta Vigo to break them down.
Guidetti was in a good position 20 yards out from goal, but he couldn't quite slot the pass through for his teammae who was in a better position. Just isn't his night so far.
Celta Vigo are now pressing harder in the final third, looking for a way into the game, but the problem that gives them is that Real Madrid can get in behind them on the counter attack.
Ronaldo has been sensational in recent weeks, but the contribution of Isco also needs to be recognised. The playmaker is now the man that makes Real Madrid tick.
Great play from Modric sees the Croatian make a pass to Isco just inside the penalty area, but the Real Madrid playmaker's shot is blocked by Wass and Sergio can gather the ball.
So as things stand, Real Madrid are just one point away from clinching the Spanish title. They face Malaga on the final day of the season and only need a draw from that match.
Just before the counter attack that resulted in Ronaldo's second goal, Guidetti was presented with a chance of his own. But he held on to the ball rather than taking the shot.
Ronaldo has now scored 13 goals in his last eight games. This hasn't been his most prolific season for Real Madrid, but he is making an impression at the most important time.
- GoalCristiano RonaldoReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 0 Real Madrid 2 (48 mins - Cristiano Ronaldo). An astonishing counter attack from Real Madrid result in Ronaldo sweeping home a finish. That was exceptional play from Isco to set up his Portuguese teammate for the shot. Great stuff!
Some first half stats...
Ronaldo's goal is the difference between the two teams after the first half, but Celta Vigo responded well to going a goal down. Real Madrid might need a second goal to put this away.
The second half is under way at the Balaidos! It's Celta Vigo against Real Madrid and the latter have a 1-0 lead.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Celta Vigo 0-1 Real Madrid. Celta Vigo have held their own and enjoyed spells of dominance, but Ronaldo's goal is the difference between the two teams at the break.
BIG BENZEMA CHANCE! A great pass from Kroos gets Benzema in between the two Celta Vigo centre halfs, but his shot is straight at Sergio. That was a wasted opportunity.
Kroos and Benzema try their best to find a way through the Celta Vigo defence, but the move eventually breaks down on the edge of the box. Benzema appears to have picked up a knock in the process.
The high pressing from Celta Vigo has been relentless in this first half. They are attempting to force Real Madrid into mistakes. Really impressive stamina from the home side.
- Yellow cardIago AspasRC Celta
Aspas sees yellow for protesting a decision from the referee not to give Celta a freekick for a Varane handball.
ANOTHER ASPAS SHOT! The former Liverpool striker is getting more and more involved, this time shifting the ball on to his left foot, but he struck his shot wide of the target.
This has been an impressive response from Celta Vigo since going behind. They are the better team at the moment, with Real Madrid struggling to contain them. Compelling contest.
SIDE NETTING! Varane couldn't stretch far enough to stop the shot from Aspas, but the chance was from a tight angle and the former Liverpool man could only hit the side netting.
Wass just couldn't get the pass into the feet of Aspas. It was a nice idea from the playmaker, but the gap was a narrow one. Wass has been the main man for Celta Vigo so far.
Guidetti isn't happy with the linesman for blowing up a foul from the Swedish striker. There was some wrestling between him and Ramos. The referee has to have a word with him.
Aspas should have got his head up! The former Liverpool took the shot on himself when he should have played it to the back post, where Wass and Guidetti were both waiting.
WASS STRIKE! The Celta Vigo attacker struck that with everything he has, but Navas shows great reactions to make the save. That was close to an equaliser for the home side!
- Yellow cardCasemiroReal Madrid
That's a silly challenge from Casemiro on Jozabed on the edge of the box, and the Brazilian sees yellow for it.
Isco is brought down by Wass, but the referee refuses to show the yellow card. The Real Madrid player is causing a lot of problems for Celta Vigo. He's got a roaming position.
This is a very open game. This is what we expected after the team lineups were announced. Both sides have gone for an attacking gameplan. Both sides want to go forward.
TAKEN OFF RONALDO'S TOES! Benzema looked to find his Real Madrid teammate at the back post with a low pass, but it was taken off his toes by the slide challenge of Roncaglia.
He rushed the shot in the end! Sisto takes control of a pass on the edge of the box, but he never really got his feet sorted and his shot flies well over the crossbar. Never looked likely.
That was an exceptional ball from Isco. He split the Celta Vigo defence with one cross looking for the run of Ronaldo, but Sergio came off his line to make the punching clearance.
Real Madrid also have the Champions League final against Juventus coming up, but Zidane can't afford to rest players for that game with the Liga title still very much on the line.
Of course, Real Madrid still have one more game to win if they are to clinch the Liga title. They must beat Malaga away from home at the weekend. If they win these two games, the title is theirs.
Ronaldo is driving this Real Madrid team forward. He is the one grabbing this game by the scruff of the beck, rallying his teammates. He is the spiritual leader of this side.
Real Madrid now look to be sitting back, soaking up pressure. They are quite content with their lead and are keen to consolidate it. Their defensive line is looking rather sturdy.
That was an opportunity for Celta Vigo to get the ball into the Real Madrid box, with Wass whipping it in, but it ends up in the hands of Navas. Solid away team defence, there.
Sisto is seeing plenty of the ball down the left side, taking Real Madrid players on. This time he beats Casemiro, but is brought down by the Brazilian. No booking for him, though.
The strike from Ronaldo was fantastic, but the play from Isco in the build up before the goal was also great. The playmaker has become a key player for Real Madrid in recent weeks.
Celta Vigo have actually started this match rather well, but they find themselves behind after that sensational Ronaldo strike. However, Real Madrid can't become complacent with their lead.
- GoalCristiano RonaldoReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 0 Real Madrid 1 (10 mins - Cristiano Ronaldo). Real Madrid have an early lead at the Baladios! Isco dribbled to the edge of the box, with the ball falling to Ronaldo. He made no mistake in lashing home a finish, giving Sergio no chance.
Neither side have really taken a grip of the game yet. This time it's Celta Vigo who come forward on the attack, with Sisto taking the shot. Navas makes the rather simple save, though.
Benzema looks energetic early on for Real Madrid. The Frenchman has more than once driven into the box, but his scoring record hasn't been great of late. He has just five goals in 23 games.
Of course, this match is all about the title race at the top of La Liga. Real Madrid can move ahead of Barcelona with a win this evening. They have held this game in hand for a long time.
Cabral gets caught of position, allowing Benzema to get in behind the Celta Vigo defence, but the deflection from Mallo takes the cross up over Ronaldo in the middle.
Celta Vigo showed at Old Trafford last week that they can cause real problems for big teams. They were within a missed Guidetti chance of knocking Man Utd out of the Europa League.
Both Celta Vigo and Real Madrid have fielded their strongest lineups for this game. They are both going for it, and that should produce quite the spectacle. Hopefully an attacking spectacle.
This match has been a long time in coming. These two teams were supposed to face each other in February, only for the match to be postponed due to storm damage at the Balaidos.
- 1st Half
The first half is under way at the Balaidos! It's Celta Vigo against Real Madrid.
TEAM NEWS: Celta Vigo - Sergio, Mallo, Cabral, Roncaglia, Jonny, Jozabed, Hernandez, Wass, Aspas, Sisto, Guidetti. /// Real Madrid - Navas, Danilo, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Modric, Kroos, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema.
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me on Twitter ahead of the game to let me know your thoughts. Can Celta Vigo stop Real Madrid on their way to the Spanish title? Tweet me!
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