Sunday March 10, 2013 Day 27 Finished Estadio Balaídos

Celta de Vigo 1 - 2 Real Madrid

  • Aspas 63’
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 61’, 71’ (pen.)

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  • Live Commentary

    • Celta de Vigo
    • Real Madrid
    • 90+3 And that's it from Vigo. 2-1 to Madrid.
    • 90+2 Aspas flings the ball over to the far post but Diego López claims and initiates another break forward. Varas thwarts Higuaín in a one-on-one situation.
    • 90+1 Pranjic finds Park in the channel, he cuts inside Essien but his shot is easily saved.
    • 90' That's surely the last chance as we enter stoppage time.
    • 89' So close. Park heads on to the crossbar with Diego López in no man’s land.
    • 88' Marcelo overcomplicates down the left and the hosts break – but Pepe comes across to clear.
    • 87' What a miss. Ronaldo slips the ball wide to Ozil who finds the unmatched run of Higuaín but he somehow manages to turn the effort wide of the post with the keeper committed. Howler.
    • 85' Augusto has a shot from the edge but it is sliced wide.
    • 84' Alonso loses the ball in midfield and the hosts break. Lago lifts the ball to the far post and Augusto heads down to Aspas, who shifts the ball to his left foot but the curler drops just the wrong side of the post.
    • 82' Both sides have lost any form of discipline out there and the game is well and truly up for grabs.
    • 80' Krohn-Dehli replaced by Park.
    • 79' The hosts are still in this. Jonny wins a corner which is whipped in at pace. Demidov turns it toward goal before a double deflection takes it wide of the post.
    • 78' The visitors break. Varas fails to claim the shot from Ronaldo and Ozil follows up but the keeper manages to claim at the German’s feet.
    • 77' Marcelo with a poorly-timed challenge on Augusto but the free-kick – delivered by Aspas – is cleared.
    • 76' The visitors break at pace but Ronaldo’s back-heel attempt is heavy and the chance has gone.
    • 75' Aspas draws a fine save from Diego López with a viciously swerving and dipping effort.
    • 73' That was a dubious penalty in my opinion – if Kaka went down like that in midfield there’d be howls of diving but, as it was in the box, it is okay to earn the penalty.
    • 71' Ronaldo makes no mistake from the spot. GOOAL!! 2-1.
    • 70' Kaka exchanges passes with Xabi Alonso to offer the Brazilian space in the box but he looks to overrun the ball. He goes down under the challenge of Varas. Penalty.
    • 68' OHHH!! Chance. Diego López spills a cross from Aspas but Aibio steps in to clear from under the crossbar with Bermejo lurking.
    • 67' Kaka opens up his legs and turns the ball across the box. Celta clear.
    • 66' Madrid continue to be sloppy as Marcelo gives away possession and Albiol has to come across to clear.
    • 65' Higuaín and Kaka on for Callejón and Benzema.
    • 64' Mourinho looks to be readying a double substitution.
    • 63' GOOAL!!! Celta restore parity. Aspas evades the attentions of Pepe before firing on goal. Diego López looks to have it covered but the ball ricochets off Pepe and past the keeper.
    • 61' 1-0. GOOOOOAL!!! Ronaldo reacts quickest to give Madrid the lead as a half-blocked shot falls to the forward inside the box.
    • 60' Bermejo for De Lucas.
    • 59' Marcelo whips the ball into Ronaldo who toe-pokes through to Benzema. The forward gives Varas the eyes to slot the ball bottom corner but the assistant referee’s flag is aloft.
    • 58' Xabi Alonso finds Marcelo in behind the Celta back four but, having steadied himself, he fires wildly over.
    • 57' Ronaldo rises to head the corner just wide with Benzema lurking at the far post.
    • 56' Pranjic on for Álex López before the corner is taken.
    • 55' Modric opens his body before seeing his shot charged down which results in a corner.
    • 54' Özil leads a charge forward and slips the ball to Benzema who comes inside his man before attempting to curl it far post. Varas turns the effort away.
    • 52' Xabi Alonso receives the ball from Modric, swivels and looks to find Callejón with a whipped switch of play but Varas is alert to the danger and collects.
    • 51' Álex López, who has been bright, pulls up and that looks like a hamstring injury. He’ll not be able to continue you’d imagine.
    • 50' Callejón finds Ronaldo in the channel and the Portuguese runs at Jonny. He drops his shoulder to beat his man but, off balance, he thrashes wide.
    • 48' Essien breaks forward but his pass is poor.
    • 47' Khedira replaced for the visitors.
    • 46' Madrid get the second half underway.
    • - Xabi Alonso enters the fray for the men from Madrid.
    • 45+1' And that's it from the first half.
    • 45' One minute of added time.
    • 44' Benzema beats his man before whipping the ball across the box but Varas claims.
    • 43' The malaise that has inflicted Real’s play is probably best summed up by the fact that Xabi Alonso is warming up already.
    • 42' Albiol is late on Aspas and is in the book.
    • 41' Ronaldo against the bar. He rises well to head on to the underside of the bar from a Benzema cross.
    • 40' Benzema lifts the ball over the top to Callejón who takes the ball out of the air with a great first touch but Varas is quick off his line to block.
    • 39' Celta desperately need to get to the interval at parity as they have become ragged.
    • 37' Ronaldo strikes straight at the wall.
    • 36' Ronaldo breaks the offside trap but his touch is heavy and Demidov intervenes but the referee elects to give the free-kick on the edge of the Celta box.
    • 35' Essien stoops to head a ball clear and is caught on his head. Free-kick.
    • 34' Varas flaps at a Modric corner which falls to the feet of Albiol who, leaning back, sends the ball over the bar.
    • 33' Khedira disguises a decent reverse ball to Marcelo and he draws a smart save from Varas from a tight angle. Corner.
    • 32' Essien clears the corner but Callejón and then Modric are fouled as play is brought to a halt.
    • 31' A loose Albiol clearance drops for De Lucas but his shot is blocked for a corner.
    • 30' The German sends over a deep, curling set-piece that Benzema meets with a powerful header but Varas claims.
    • 29' Essien is hauled back down the right and Ozil is over the free-kick.
    • 28' Having utilised the offside trap to good effect, Celta continue to press well.
    • 27' Albiol has looked shaky the whole game and, if the hosts are to get anything from this game, they would be well-served targeting him.
    • 26' Having given up a chance or two to their visitors, the home side put together a decent move with Krohn-Dehli and Aspas heavily involved. The former digs out a cross to the far post that Albiol hacks clear.
    • 25' Celta counter-break but the through-ball has too much on it.
    • 24' Ozil drops his shoulder and, in doing so, beats his man. He feeds Benzema who bundles though a couple of challenges before drawing a save from Varas.
    • 23' Ronaldo finally breaks the offside trap but elects to square the ball when his side would have been better served by shooting. A Celta leg clears as Ronaldo puts his head in his hands.
    • 22' Modric works some space in the middle of the field before working the ball wide to Ronaldo, who cuts inside before drawing a save from Varas from outside the box.
    • 21' Aspas draws a foul from Pepe down the left. De Lucas over the free-kick and he whips it just over the far-post. Diego López was rooted to the spot.
    • 20' Ozil gets away from two flailing challenges before trying to force the ball through a gap that wasn’t there.
    • 19' Modric finds Benzema in behind but he is offside. Incredible.
    • 18' Ronaldo now clips the ball to Khedira, who is offside.
    • 17' Özil draws the defenders before slipping behind for Ronaldo – he is offside again.
    • 15' Ronaldo heads the resultant corner clear from the edge of the six yard box.
    • 14' Álex López breaks down the right before winning a corner.
    • 13' The hosts continue to utilise a high line well. This time Modric goes too soon.
    • 12' Modric looks for Ronaldo in behind but the ball has too much on it.
    • 11' The corner is lofted to the edge of the box and Diego López has to be alert to turn a techincally superb volley around the post. Álex López with the volley.
    • 9' Aspas capitalises on a bit of space in between Essien and Pepe to draw a save from Diego López. Corner.
    • 8' Pepe looks for Benzema over the top but the ball has too much pace on it.
    • 7' Albiol has looked a little short of match practice as Pepe has to come behind home to clear.
    • 6' Khedira with a neat trick in the corner but he overruns the ball and it is out for a goal-kick.
    • 5' Krohn-Dehli picks the ball up in midfield before clipping a ball over the top but Marcelo manages to head clear.
    • 4' Özil collects a defensive header from the home side before poking the ball through to Callejón but the forward was in an offside position.
    • 3' The hosts, who have collected five of their six wins at home, have started brightly to be fair.
    • 2' Marcelo’s smart turn is spoilt by the run of Benzema – his eagerness means the Frenchman is offside.
    • 1' We're underway.
    • 17:55 Celta boss Abel Resino is without midfielder Natxo Insa who has a hamstring strain but defender Roberto Lago recovers from flu.
    • 17:50 Angel Di Maria picked up a hamstring injury at Old Trafford which will keep him out for two weeks and Xabi Alonso is only fit enough for the bench having played through niggling injury in the same match.
    • 17:45 Celta de Vigo: Varas, Jonny, Túñez, Demidov, Lago, Oubiña, Álex López, Krohn-Dehli, Augusto, De Lucas, Aspas. Subs: Sergio Álvarez, Bermejo, Pranjic, Cabral, Bellvís, Park, Orellana. /// Real Madrid: Diego López, Pepe, Khedira, Ronaldo, Benzema, Özil, Marcelo, Essien, Albiol, Modric, Callejón. Subs: Adán, Kaká, Carvalho, Xabi Alonso, Arbeloa, Higuaín, Morata.
    • 17:40 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Celta de Vigo against Real Madrid from La Liga at the Estadio Balaídos.
  • Summary

    • 70' Kaka exchanges passes with Xabi Alonso to offer the Brazilian space in the box but he looks to overrun the ball. He goes down under the challenge of Varas. Penalty.

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  • Celta de Vigo

    Manager: Abel Resino González

  • Real Madrid

    Manager: José Mourinho

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