Impressive start to the league season from Real Madrid. They rode their luck at times in the second half, but quality shone through in the end. Marcelo, Benzema and Bale all played well for Real Madrid. Zidane's team already hold a three-point lead over Barcelona.
- 2nd Half
- Vinícius JúniorVázquez69'
- 1st Half
- Vinícius Júnior36'
RC Celta - Real Madrid
Liga - 17 August 2019
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- End of 2nd Half
FULL TIME: Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid
Zidane will be irritated that his side haven't been able to keep a clean sheet, but that surely won't bother him too much. This has been a very positive start to the season from Real Madrid.
- GoalIker LosadaRC Celta
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 1 (91 mins - Iker Losada) Real Madrid 3. It's a debut goal for Losada! Courtois' positioning was somewhat suspect there. He looked to have the angle covered, but Losada managed to find the far corner of the net with a low strike across goal. Celta Vigo have a consolation goal.
Four minutes of stoppage time to be played at the end of the match.
- OffGabriel FernándezRC Celta
- OnIker LosadaRC Celta
Losada checks in for his Celta Vigo debut and off comes Fernandez.
Good save! That could have been a fourth goal for Real Madrid. It was Isco who got the shot away on goal, but Blanco denied the playmaker with a diving save to his right side.
You have to wonder how many opportunities summer signing Jovic will get for Real Madrid this season when Benzema still appears to be so central to their play in the attacking third.
- OffFran BeltranRC Celta
- OnPape CheikhRC Celta
Another change for the home side, but at this stage they are just going through the motions.
PICTURE: Kroos' strike has been the highlight of this match.
- OffKarim BenzemaReal Madrid
- OnLuka JovicReal Madrid
Jovic comes on for his Real Madrid debut. He will get just under 10 minutes to make an impression.
This has been an impressive start to the Liga season from Real Madrid. Celta Vigo had their chances, they have a man advantage, but the away side have been clinical. Three goals to the good.
- GoalLucas VázquezReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 0 Real Madrid 3 (80 mins - Lucas Vazquez). And that will surely be the points in the bag for Real Madrid! That was a quality move from the away side. Marcelo played the pass into Benzema, who turned and set up Vazquez and the substitute made no mistake in firing a finish past Blanco! Good goal.
As already mentioned, Barcelona lost their season opener against Athletic Club last night and Atletico Madrid face Getafe tomorrow evening. The title race could be very interesting.
- OffStanislav LobotkaRC Celta
- OnPione SistoRC Celta
Celta Vigo also make a change with Sisto coming on for the final 10 minutes or so. Can he make the difference?
- OffGareth BaleReal Madrid
- OnIscoReal Madrid
Zidane makes his second change of the night and this time it's Bale who is withdrawn. Isco on in his place.
Aspas... just wide! Celta Vigo come flying forward on the rapid counter attack, with Aspas taking the shot on the edge of the Real Madrid box. The effort flashes wide of the target, though.
There was a lot of negativity over the summer, but this would be an impressive start to the season from Real Madrid if they are able to see this victory out. Not an easy place to come.
Keep in mind that the defending champions Barcelona suffered defeat to Athletic Club on opening night last night. This is a chance for Real Madrid to edge ahead of their rivals already.
It's difficult to sum up Vinicius' afternoon. Much is expected of the Brazilian teenager and he didn't play badly today, but we all know that he is capable of much more. Solid, not spectacular.
- OffVinícius JúniorReal Madrid
- OnLucas VázquezReal Madrid
Zidane's first sub of the season and it's Vazquez who comes on. Of course it is.
There is still time for Celta Vigo to turn this around, especially with the man advantage they hold, but it must be said that the stuffing seems to have been knocked from the home team.
Bale has somewhat dropped out of this game in the second half, but that's largely because Real Madrid as a whole have dropped out of the game, especially in an attacking sense.
Will Celta Vigo have the spirit to go again? An equaliser seemed to be just a matter of time before that Kroos stuner. Will they go again? They still have the man advantage, of course.
- Yellow cardÁlvaro OdriozolaReal Madrid
Odriozola is shown a yellow card. He's done well to avoid that his long, to be honest.
Just at the point it seemed that the pressure was getting too much for Real Madrid, they have doubled their lead. That's a hammer blow to Celta Vigo who were growing in confidence.
- GoalToni KroosReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 0 Real Madrid 2 (62 mins - Toni Kroos). What a sensational goal! Kroos takes aim from about 25 to 30 yards out and smashes a drive in off the underside of the Celta Vigo crossbar! That is a goal of the season contender on the opening weekend of the Spanish season! What a strike! Incredible.
Benzema header! Did that strike the post? The cross came in from the right side, the delivery was hung up, and yet Benzema still managed to generate the pace on his header. Blanco saves.
Celta Vigo were already piling on the pressure in this second half and the sending off of Modric is likely to only heap more pressure on top of Real Madrid. They are hanging on.
Superb save! Courtois is called upon to make a reflex save from Araujo. What a stop that is from the Real Madrid goalkeeper to keep his side ahead. Araujo really should have scored.
- Red cardLuka ModricReal Madrid
SENT OFF! Modric has been sent off for a nasty challenge on Denis. Was that enough for a red card? The referee went over to the VAR monitor and believes it was a red card offence. That's controversial.
VAR REVIEW! Hold on a minute here. The officials are looking at that challenge from Modric on Denis. Could they even award a red card here? There is a break in the play.
The Celta Vigo players have a case here. Denis was just too quick for Modric, who scraped his studs down the back of the Celta player's leg. That should have been a booking.
It's all Celta Vigo at the moment. The home side have picked up where they left off at the end of the first half. Real Madrid are pegged back inside their own half and have been for some time.
There are already real signs of an understanding of a relationship between Aspas and Denis, who is playing his best game for at least two seasons. He has been excellent for Celta!
Was that a hand? Once again, Celta Vigo are so close to equalising! They got in behind the Real Madrid defence again, they believe that Casemiro blocked Brais' shot on the line with a hand, but nothing given.
It was Ramos who kept Aspas onside for that last opportunity a few moments ago. Real Madrid are being cut open far too easily. This match is only trending one direction right now.
- Yellow cardGabriel FernándezRC Celta
Fernandez is the latest player to enter the referee's book. There was an elbow there.
Courtois denies Aspas! The Celta Vigo forward spun in behind and was found by the pass. The Real Madrid goalkeeper came out quickly to smother the shot from Aspas, though.
PICTURE: Bale has turned up for Real Madrid today.
Just wide! That was close to being a second goal for Real Madrid. Marcelo got to the byline, cut back and picked out Benzema with the pass, but his guided shot flashes just wide of the far post.
- 2nd Half
The second half is under way at Balaidos! Real Madrid have a 1-0 lead over Cellta Vigo.
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- End of 1st Half
HALF TIME: Celta Vigo 0-1 Real Madrid. The away side get very lucky right at the end of the half. Real Madrid started well, but have allowed their levels to slip. Bale is performing.
GOAL CHALKED OFF! The officials have a look at the equaliser and have decided that Aspas was offside when Denis won it back from Odriozola. Tell you what, that was no conclusive!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 1 (45 mins - Brais Mendez) Real Madrid 1. Disaster for Real Madrid! Denis presses the ball, with Aspas winning it back from Odriozola and then manages to poke a pass through to Brais as he was falling to the ground and he prodded the finish past Courtois. We are level again!
Chance for Bale! The Real Madrid number 11 is played in between, the angle was tight for him, but he still managed to get the shot away. Blanco makes the diving save to deny him!
Modric had a poor season last term, but the holiday over the summer looks to have done him the world of good. This is the freshest the Croatian midfielder has looked for a while.
The camera pans to James on the Real Madrid bench. The Colombian's career at the club looked to be over, but injuries have given him one last chance to make an impression.
PICTURE: There has been a number of yellow cards shown in this first half.
Real Madrid have fallen out of the game in the last 10 minutes or so. They are sitting very deep and it seems that they are intent on just making it to the break with this 1-0 lead.
- Yellow cardVinícius JúniorReal Madrid
Vinicius is shown a yellow card for a cynical foul on Denis.
Good shot, good save! Modric used the run of Benzema to create space for the shot just inside the box, but Blanco got down well to make the diving save and deny the Croatian midfielder!
This is a good spell for the home side. However, the same problem remains for Celta Vigo - they are seeing plenty of the ball, but Real Madrid are keeping them at arm's length.
Marcelo has played well in this first half. Many expected the Brazilian left back to leave Real Madrid in the summer, but he has stayed and is now repaying that faith shown in him by Zidane.
PICTURE: Benzema's goal is the difference between the two teams.
Crucial intervention! Aspas got down the right side, played a low cross into the box. Varane just about got enough on the ball on the stretch to prevent a Celta Vigo equaliser!
Speed! What pace that was from Bale! Marcelo played a hopeful ball forward, but the Welsh winger was able to get there despite being at a 10-yard disadvantage. That was impressive.
Denis is making the point to the referee that Odriozola should have been shown a yellow card for that foul. The Celta Vigo players feel they have been treated unfairly in this first half.
It's true that Celta Vigo have seen more of the ball in the past five minutes or so, but they aren't doing much with it to harm Real Madrid. The away side still look relatively comfortable.
Bale has probably been Real Madrid's best player on the pitch in this first half so far. The Welshman gives them thrust going forward and is also doing a lot to chase back on the defensive side.
Jovic is on the bench for Real Madrid this afternoon. He was signed from Eintracht Frankfurt in the summer and will surely provide some decent backup to Benzema this season.
The Celta Vigo players want a booking for Modric after a foul from the Croatian midfielder. Aspas is right in the face of the referee despite already being on a yellow card!
Of course, Zidane wanted Pogba to add to his Real Madrid midfield, but the Frenchman has remained out of reach. He looks set to stay at Manchester United for at least another season.
Casemiro, Kroos and Modric all faced criticism last season, but they have played a good opening 20 minutes here. Real Madrid have a grip of things in the centre of the pitch right now.
Real Madrid look composed on the ball at the moment. Celta Vigo are not doing enough to press the opposition when they are out of possession. A bit too easy for the away side.
This has been a good start to this match from Real Madrid. They haven't exactly been rampant, but they have been in control and now have an early advantage to protect.
Now Bale is back making a defensive contribution to stop a Celta Vigo attack. The Welsh winger looks pumped up for this one and with good reason given the summer he has had.
The finish came from Benzema, but that opening Real Madrid goal was all about Bale. The cross from the Welsh winger was excellent, as was his dribble before getting the delivery in.
Celta Vigo are arguing that the referee should have awarded them a foul earlier in the move that led to the goal, but the man in the middle isn't having any of their protests. Real Madrid lead.
- GoalKarim BenzemaReal Madrid
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! Celta Vigo 0 Real Madrid 1 (12 mins - Karim Benzema). It's an opener and it's Benzema who grabs it for Real Madrid! Bale twisted and turned down the left side and played a wonderful low cross for Benzema to finish on the slide! Real Madrid have the early lead on opening weekend at Balaidos!
This has been a solid start from Real Madrid, but they have yet to create an opening to break the deadlock. It looks like Vinicius is on the left side with Bale out on the right wing.
- Yellow cardKevin VazquezRC Celta
That's a rash tackle from Vazquez and he becomes the first player to enter the book.
Nice idea! Bale played a clipped, reverse pass in behind the Celta Vigo defence for Benzema to run on to, but the French striker couldn't stretch far enough to bring the ball down.
PICTURE: Bale warming up ahead of his surprise recall to the first team.
Real Madrid endured quite a difficult pre-season. They turned in a number of abject performances and even suffered a 7-3 defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid in New Jersey. Ouch.
It was revealed yesterday that Hazard had sustained an injury and so that is why Bale has been drafted into the Real Madrid starting lineup for this game. His Real career looked as good as over!
An early foul from Ramos and the season is well and truly under way. This is an opportunity for Celta Vigo to get a set piece delivery into the Real Madrid penalty area.
Around £400 million was spent on new signings over the summer by Real Madrid, but none of those new faces are in the team for this league opener. This is the same old team.
So what will the 2019/20 season bring for Real Madrid? There are several questions for Zidane to answer, but this is where the real stuff begins after the preparations of pre-season.
- 1st Half
The match is under way! It's Celta Vigo against Real Madrid in this 2019/20 Liga season opener!
Okay, here we go. About to get started at Balaidos. Kick off is just moments away. Excited about this one.
The players are in the tunnel at Balaidos. This could be a cracker of a match. Nobody is really sure what to expect from these two sides.
Aspas starts up front for Celta Vigo this afternoon. He suffered through injury last season, but finished the campaign on fire.
Not long until kick off at Balaidos. This promises to be quite the season opener for these two teams. Nobody is really sure what to expect from this Real Madrid side. Stay tuned.
Bale isn't the only surprise selection in the Real Madrid squad. James is on the bench. The Colombian was expected to leave the club in the summer, but injuries have forced Zidane's hand.
Read more about the big team news here...
I'm Graham Ruthven and you can catch me ahead of the match to let me know your thoughts. Is this the start of the route to redemption for Bale? Tweet me!
Bale starts! There's no doubting what the big team news is ahead of this one. Bale starts for Real Madrid! It seems that Zidane's hand has been forced by the injuries to Asensio and Hazard. The Welshman looked finished at the club just a few weeks ago!
TEAM NEWS: Celta Vigo - Blanco, Vazquez, Araujo, Costas, Olaza, Lobotka, Beltran, Mendez, Suarez, Fernandez, Aspas. /// Real Madrid - Courtois, Odriozola, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Vinicius, Benzema.
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