Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: result, summary, goals
Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid: second half
Here's a look at the table after today's game. Atlético and Barcelona are both in action tomorrow.
And that's it! The ref blows for full time and Madrid end up 3-1 winners! Celta had their chances to nick a point, not least Aspas's free kick clipping the post, but Madrid extend their unbeaten run away to 10 games to move to second in the table.
There's a quick VAR check for offside but nothing out of the ordinary the ref decides and it's given.
Gooooooooooool! Asensio! Madrid break and the substitute has a tap-in from Benzema's cross to seal the game!
Almost a last chance for Celta as Martín lofts a ball towards Aspas but Courtois comes to claim.
Vinicius does all the hard work and then sends his shot high from close range, a bit of a trademark for the young Brazilian that.
Three minutes added in Balaídos.
Close for Celta! Facundo is in the area but can't dig a shot out under pressure from Nacho. He finally manages to get one off but Casemiro is there to block!
Goal kick for Madrid, Courtois taking his time... and then he bangs it straight out for another at the far end.
A few minutes left for Celta to try and nick a point here... Madrid look happy enough to hang on to their lead now and are back in numbers.
Indeed, it was Denis Suárez who was booked for a bit of lip a few minutes ago.
Solari into the book for a wild challenge on Casemiro. We can only assume that earlier card for dissent did not in fact go to the Argentinean otherwise he'd have been off!
Change for Celta, Fran Beltrán on for Braís.
Casemiro's touch prevented a Celta goal there! Aspas' shot was heading for the top corner.
Aspas! The striker's effort takes a slight deflection and pings off the post!
Modric and Tapia tangle again and the Croatian gets a yellow for his troubles. Dangerous free for Celta on the edge of the area, which we reckon Aspas will fancy a bit of.
Benzema takes but he sends his effort high. Madrid looking the more likely of the two sides to alter the scoreline at this stage.
Another free for Madrid on the edge of the area as Suárez throws an arm out at Casemiro. Solari booked for protesting.
Useful looking free kick for Madrid as Mina floors Casemiro... but Modric send it clean out behind.
Uffff. Modric doesn't hit many like that in fairness... a snap shot from the edge of the area that almost clears Balaídos' upper tier.
In case you were wondering he is a relation: a cousin of former Real Madrid player and manager Santiago.
Double change as Asensio comes on for Kroos and Solari replaces Nolito.
It's a decent delivery but Villar punches clear for Aspas to break. Nacho takes one for the team and floors the striker on the halfway line.
The duel between Mallo and Vinicius continues as the Celta captain concedes another free kick. Kroos will float this one into the area...
Celta have a free kick but Aspas misjudges it and sends it out on the far side.
Benzema! Vinicius shows the Celta defence a clean pair of heels and drives to the byline to square for Benzema. The Frenchman thinks he has the shot lined up but Celta manage to hook it clear.
Celta half clear but play is stopped as Valverde shapes to hit a loose ball but catches Denis Suárez instead.
Corner for Madrid....
Aspas! More good play from Celta, one-touch stuff to open up the Madrid back four. The Spain striker gets his laces through the effort and forces Courtois into a sprawling parry!
Nice link-up between Aspas and Nolito. Mallo's cross is a good one but Casemiro is there to snuff out the danger in the Madrid area.
It's all a bit scrappy now but that will probably suit Celta better given their style of play. Madrid operate better when in control of the game and the ball but they have neither in significant amounts at the moment.
Corner for Madrid, it falls to Mendy who thinks about a pop with his left but checks and tees up his right instead... and that's why he usually favours the other boot. The effort is well wide and high.
Vinicius now the offender as he goes in on Aspas, despite his protestations the ref awards a free kick.
Vinicius is down in agony as Mallo clips his ankle on the touchline. Kroos over the free kick...
No changes at half time but Marco Asensio is warming up for Madrid.
We're back underway in Vigo!
Encouraging end to the half for Celta, who finished stronger and racked up a few more efforts after pulling one back. If the home side can come out for the second in a similar vein we could be on for quite a 45 minutes.
Tapia is down as the sides wander off and it doesn't look too good for the holding midfielder.
The ref blows for half time on the very stroke of 45', not a second of additional time at the end of the first period.
Celta come forward again as Aspas finds Nolito with a fine ball but the winger can't control it and it spins away to safety. Celta have their tails back up now!
It's a lovely delivery from Braís and Mina meets it unchallenged to steer his header back across goal and past Courtois! Celta back in it just before half time!
Aspas charges away from the Madrid midfield with Courtois' goal on his mind and Kroos does what he has to to stop him, yanking him back by the shirt.
Madrid have kept Aspas quiet so far and the Spain striker is bundled off the ball as he drives across the area looking for an angle to shoot.
That was Celta's first effort on target of the game so far. The home side will need to start being a bit more adventurous in the opposition half if they are to have any chance of turning this around.
Braís! The midfielder meets a cross and gets his header on target but he'd have been lucky to have beaten Courtois from that angle.
Mina! A decent chance for Celta to pull one back but the Spaniard's attempted backheel is dragged wide.
Madrid had been enjoying a long period of possession with Celta chasing shadows and its Kroos who agan picks the pass for Benzema, who glides across the area and finishes with his left.
Tapia joins Vincius in the ref's notebook for a little tug on Vázquez's shirt. A bit harsh perhaps but it wasn't particularly clever from the Peru international in Madrid's half with Vázquez going nowhere of note.
Close! Mina rises to meet the resulting free kick and glances a header just over Courtois' bar.
Vinicius goes into the book for a challenge on Tapia that can best be described as clumsy.
Well, that came out of nowhere. Kroos spots an opening between three Celta defenders and finds Benzema, who takes a touch and buries it past Villar at the far post! The first moment of quality from other side and it gives Madrid the lead!
Bit of a lull as both sides probe the other's defences for weakness. Not much crisp passing on the deck going on at the moment, probably as a result of wind whipping around Balaídos. It's end to end stuff, but not in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Uffff... Nolito almost latches onto a loose ball in the Madrid area but it's hacked clear as he dallies a little too long.
Another mistake from Mallo, back in the side today after injury, as Vinicius nicks his attempted pass out from the back. Celta close ranks though and Madrid are pushed back towards halfway.
Celta clear though and are almost away through Santi Mina but he is pulled up for a foul on Mendy.
Benzema! The ball lands for the Frenchman but Hugo Mallo gets in the way and it's out for another corner...
Vinicius has been lively in the opening exhanges and wins a corner on the left.
Half chance for Celta as Braís delivers from the right but it's too close to Courtois for Aspas to get a boot on it.
Uffff! The wind plays another trick, this time on Celta keeper Villar, who comes out for a ball that moves in the air and Vinicius is almost through there! Hugo Mallo probably should have dealt with that but Celta escape as Vinicius' touch fails him.
Slightly questionable free kick for Madrid as Braís clips Kroos in a 50-50.
It looks like a windy one in Vigo today. Modic thinks he has the ball under control but it spins away to the bemusement of the Croatian.
We're off! Madrid get the ball rolling in Balaídos.
It looks like being a busy afternoon for Tapia at the base of Celta's 4-1-3-2 formation. Plenty for the Peruvian to keep his eye on with a four-man Madrid midfield to contend with.
The teams are emerging from the tunnel and we're just a few minutes from kick-off now.
And Real Madrid's starting XI and subs.
- 1 Courtois
- 17 Lucas Vázquez
- 23 Ferland Mendy
- 6 Nacho
- 5 Varane
- 10 Modric
- 14 Casemiro
- 15 Federico Valverde
- 8 Kroos
- 9 Benzema
- 20 Vinicius Junior
Here's confirmation of Celta's line up and bench today.
- 1 Iván Villar
- 24 Murillo
- 19 Aarón Martín
- 4 Néstor Araújo
- 2 Hugo Mallo
- 23 Brais
- 9 Nolito
- 6 Denis Suárez
- 14 Renato Tapia
- 22 Santi Mina
- 10 Aspas
Nolito, a bit like Aspas, is one of those players who seems to thrive away from the limelight. Spells at Barça and Manchester City never really worked out but he has always excelled at Celta.
It's a cracking afternoon for a bit of football in Vigo: 18º at the moment which is pretty balmy for the north coast at this time of year.
Celta starting XI confirmed
Coudet has rolled out a very attacking side with Iago Aspas, Braís Méndez, Santi Mina, Nolito and Denis Suárez all in the starting line-up.
Real Madrid starting XI confirmed
It looks as though Zidane has gone for a 4-4-2 today with Lucas Vázquez at right back and Nacho in the middle alongside Varane. Valverde comes into midfield along with the standard three while Vinicius partners Benzema up front.
A bit of a curiosity from the last time Celta beat Madrid, a 2-0 victory in Balaídos back on 11 May, 2014, with Luis Enrique at the helm of the Sky Blues. Charles provided both goals for the home side but in an attempt to rescue the game Carlo Ancelotti threw on Willian José in what would be the Brazilian's only appearance for Madrid.
A few of the results that have been played out between the sides during that run: 2-2, 1-3, 2-4, 6-0, 1-4, 7-1, 2-4.
Historically, Celta do not get much joy out of this fixture. The home side have not beaten Madrid since 2014 and have lost 11 of 13 Liga encounters since then, averaging a single goal per game over that period.
On the other hand, Madrid haven't managed more than two since a 4-1 drubbing of Alavés in January. Since then Zidane's side have lost one, drawn two and won five but have only been victorious by more than one-goal margin twice, against Valencia and Getafe.
A bit of old-fashioned onion bag-bothering certainly can't be ruled out in any case. Celta managed to ship three against Huesca two weeks ago but still won the game and the home side have scored two or more nine times since Coudet's arrival.
They have also conceded two or more on seven occasions under the Argentinean.
Celta boss Eduardo Coudet doesn't have too many injury concerns heading into the game and the home side also have an extremely talented pool of attacking players with Iago Aspas, Braís Méndez, Santi Mina, Facundo and Denis Suárez all available.
Emre Mor misses out through injury but otherwise Coudet has a full complement of outfield players. The one point of note in Celta's squad today is bewteen the sticks. Both of Iván Villar's back-ups, Sergio Álvarez and Rubén Blanco, are out so Celta B stopper Patrick Sequeira and 17-year-old youth keeper César Fernández are on the bench in Balaídos.
It will be interesting to see how Zidane lines up in attack this afternoon with a wealth of talent at his disposdal despite the absence of Hazard and Mariano. Benzema is guaranteed to start but the Brazilian duo of Vinicius and Rodrygo have found game time in short supply of late. Lucas Vázquez could continue at right back although Nacho is also an option to fill in for Dani Carvajal.
Zinedine Zidane will be without Sergio Ramos in Balaídos this afternoon after the Madrid skipper picked up a sprained anke in training on Friday. Also out for the trip up north are Eden Hazard, Dani Carvajal, Álvaro Odriozola and Mariano.
In good news for Zidane, he can piece together a defence made up of senior players, which hasn't always been the case in this injury-hit season.
Real Madrid have the opportunity today to move up to second in LaLiga overnight, with Atlético and Barcelona both in action tomorrow. As it stands, Madrid are currently third, two points behind Barça and six behind leaders Atlético.
Celta Vigo vs Real Madrid live
Hello and welcome to AS English's live coverage of the LaLiga fixture between Celta Vigo and Real Madrid at Balaídos. Kick-off today is at 16:15 CET.