Saturday October 20, 2012 Day 8 Finished Bernabéu

Real Madrid 2 - 0 Celta de Vigo

  • Higuaín 11’
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 67’ (pen.)

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    Time:90'
    • Real Madrid
    • Celta de Vigo
    • 90+3' It's all over and Real Madrid have performed adequately to overcome their determined visitors. League leaders Barcelona play at 22.00hrs tonight Spanish time away at Deportivo La Coruña.
    • 90+2' Benzema nets from Ronaldo pass but is well offside.
    • 90+1' Modric should score as he has a clear chance to head at goal from a corner, only to send the ball well wide. He would have been a deserved name on the scoresheet.
    • 89' Indeed the home side are piling on the pressure, winning a succession of corners, whilst the referee's assistant says we'll have three minutes of added time.
    • 88' Real Madrid are hungry for a third as Benzema troubles the Celta defence.
    • 87' Bermejo recovers well to make ground down the right, with a great cross producing a good header from Park which is saved well by Casillas.
    • 86' The free kick for the foul on Ronaldo is finally taken and Ramos crashes it into the wall, flooring Bermejo who needs treatment before getting to his feet.
    • 85' There is a break in play as Karim Benzema replaces Higuaín.
    • 83' Ronaldo is tripped on the edge of the Celta box and the home side have a good chance to shoot for a third goal.
    • 82' De Lucas almost has an instant effect as he sprints through into the Madrid box and smashes a shot towards goal, but Casillas saves.
    • 81' Alex Lopez takes a Celta free kick from 35 yards out on the right and his whipped cross is dropped by Casillas who gathers it up at the second attempt.
    • 80' These would be three crucial points for Real Madrid if they can close this out for victory. They have already dropped 10 points in the Spanish league in total this season, just four less than they dropped in the whole of their successful 2011/12 campaign.
    • 79' Callejon gets free in the box and tests Sergio, then Higuaín skies the rebound when he should hit the target.
    • 78' A last throw of the dice from Herrera who removes Augusto Fernandez and puts on Quique de Lucas.
    • 76' Ramos unfairly receives a yellow card as he clears the ball with a header and an opponent drops to the floor nearby. Bizarre.
    • 75' Higuaín makes amends by winning a corner, which Di Maria takes and Celta clear. Celta are trying to make a substitution, the referee has not spotted it yet.
    • 74' Clever play again from the majestic Ronaldo putting Higuaín through, but the linesman says he's offside.
    • 72' Ozil goes off to applause from the crowd and right winger Jose Maria Callejon joins the action.
    • 71' Celta Vigo are not travelling well this season, having lost all three of their away games thus far this term and look like they are on their way to another loss.
    • 70' That goal is Ronaldo's ninth in the league this year and his ninth in four games in all competitions for Real Madrid.
    • 69' A poor free kick from Augusto Fernandez who can't beat the first man and wastes the chance to feed his colleagues in the box.
    • 68' Celta win a free kick as Casillas slides out of his box on the left and handles outside the area.
    • 67' GOAL!!! A no nonsense finish from the brilliant Ronaldo who drives the spot kick low and left into the net with his right foot giving Sergio no chance.
    • 65' Penalty for Madrid as Cabral floors Ozil and gets a yellow card.
    • 63' Di Maria takes a corner on the left and floats a long cross over the box, which Celta are happy to see cleared quickly.
    • 62' Celta make another change as Korean forward Park Chu-Young replaces Aspas.
    • 61' Ronaldo gets in again and should play Higuaín in but can't make the pass to Mourinho's frustration.
    • 60' A great run down the left from on loan Michael Essien who is filling in at full back tonight, sees him deliver a brilliant cross which Ronaldo heads wide.
    • 59' Herrera is frustrated on the Celta bench as his team just can't get going despite his instructions. That probably says more about Madrid's strength all over the park than anything else as they just will not let the visitors play.
    • 57' The first yellow card of the match goes to Alonso for persistent fouling in midfield.
    • 56' However, the Croatian midfielder is not quite finding his range at the moment with those probing balls. Ramos, meanwhile, is having a lively game and is supporting his teammates well in midfield and attack.
    • 55' Modric is hungry for the ball and looking to find Higuaín and Ronaldo who are pulling the Celta defence this way and that.
    • 54' Madrid immediately clear the danger and steady the ship as Ramos pushes forward. He is then forced to sprint back as Celta remount their attack.
    • 53' Good work from Kronh-Delhi and Lopez down the left side wins a corner from Ramos.
    • 52' Herrera makes his first change as Spaniard Mario Bermejo replaces Bustos to bolster the attack.
    • 50' Celta have more of the ball in the early part of this half than they did in the first, but they are not causing many problems for the champions.
    • 49' Pepe, who has been the subject of transfer rumours this week and is wanted by two top clubs according to Mourinho, is already getting frustrated. He shouts at the Madrid midfield to tighten things up.
    • 48' Celta striker Kronh-Delhi is dropping deep again and contributing nicely in the midfield area as his team try to impose themselves.
    • 47' It doesn't take long for Alonso to commit his first foul of the second half, then Iago Aspas wastes the resulting free kick in an advanced position on the Celta right, with a poor cross.
    • 46' Kaka goes off and Di Maria replaces him as the game gets back underway.
    • 46' The second half commences and Celta kick-off before immediately losing the ball to the potent home side.
    • 45' Referee Gomez brings the first half to a close and the players go off for the break. Higuaín's cross-shot goal the difference between the teams thus far.
    • 44' Celta see more of the ball as the half comes to a close but the home side are in control.
    • 43' Borja Oubiña wins a corner though the away team cannot take advantage as they play it short and Madrid clear their lines.
    • 42' Celta boss Herrera has seen his team do well here before and he would love to see them spring another surprise. He's from Barcelona of course!
    • 41' Danish forward Michael Kronh-Delhi comes back to help Celta out in defence and they mount a clever counter attack only for Kronh-Delhi to give the ball away as they reach the Madrid box. Frustrating.
    • 40' Modric, Kaka and Ozil play the ball around sweetly in the final third, although there is no immediate penetration despite some good running from Higuain.
    • 39' Visiting goalkeeper Sergio is the busiest man on the pitch right now, punching clear a corner before seeing a Ronaldo shot go wide of his left post.
    • 38' Modric finds Ronaldo on the edge of the Celta box and the Portuguese forward hits the bar with a dipping shot.
    • 37' At the moment it looks highly unlikely Celta can break that run and continue their own good form on this ground as the home side are dominating possession.
    • 36' Despite their problems so far in the league this season, the champions are on a 15 game unbeaten La Liga run at home, having won 12 and drawn three of their last 15 home matches.
    • 34' Neither side appears to be breaking their necks to change the scoreline at the moment, whilst the home crowd are trying to motivate Madrid.
    • 33' Modric forces an attack up the right wing breaking into the box and squaring the ball to no-one in particular.
    • 32' Di Maria is warming up but its not clear who is injured, if anyone. Perhaps he just fancied a jog.
    • 31' The former Manchester United man toys with Lago on the right and puts a superb ball across the box but neither Higuaín nor Kaka can get close enough to take advantage.
    • 30' Of course Ronaldo has a point to prove this evening after the disappointments for Portugal during the international break, against Russia and Northern Ireland.
    • 28' Madrid’s star man Ronaldo has bagged eight times in the last three matches for the Spanish title holders in all competitions. He looks hungry for more tonight.
    • 27' Lots of work for the Celta defenders as one would expect, with Argentine defender Cabral and his Venezuelan colleague Tuñez running around after the Madrid forwards.
    • 26' Ozil is looking to find gaps in the Celta defence but his through ball intended for Higuaín is too long.
    • 25' Cristian Bustos bursts through on goal for Celta and brings a good save from Madrid captain Casillas, with a hard left foot drive.
    • 24' One of Celta's three Spanish midfielders Alex Lopez is in the thick of things, taking a corner from the left which is quickly cleared by the home side. Then Lopez goes down and needs treatment but he gets up to carry on.
    • 23' Gustavo Cabral raids forward and gets into the area looking to head a cross past Iker Casillas but it goes out for a corner.
    • 21' Some Ronaldo brilliance hands another chance to Higuaín to score, only for the striker to head over from six yards. He could have had a hat-trick already.
    • 20' Higuaín gets into the box and looks like he has a chance to score but a good challenge from Andres Tuñez clears the danger.
    • 19' Ronaldo is at it again, causing problems down the right hand side, Celta's left, with some nice interplay with Alonso and Ozil.
    • 18' Özil's corner is long but Ronaldo retrieves it and crosses from the right for Ramos - the centre half flicks the ball over the bar. Goal kick.
    • 16' Celta defender Roberto Lago, perhaps in frustration, absolutely cleans Higuaín out from behind and a Ronaldo free kick goes off the wall for a corner.
    • 15' The visitors show their technique as they celverly play the ball out of defence via Gustavo Cabral but they are finding it difficult to get beyond the half way line.
    • 13' Real Madrid immediately go looking for a second goal and with a free kick from 40 yards out they send the big men forward, only for Xavi Alonso to put the ball straight out for a goal kick.
    • 12' It did not look like Higuaín meant to score there, if he did it was brilliant, but it looked like a bit of a fluke.
    • 11' GOAL!!! Gonzalo Higuaín gives the home side an early breakthrough with a run down the left wing and a cross which loops over Celta keeper Sergio into the net.
    • 9' Celta are not intimidated though and are making Madrid work hard in midfield. Ronaldo attempts to break forward but is floored on the edge of the centre circle by Hugo Mallo.
    • 8' Almost all the play has been in the Celta Vigo half so far and despite their injury problems Real Madrid are looking dangerous, turning the screw here as the pressure builds.
    • 7' However the shot from Ronaldo hits the wall and Celta Vigo eventually clear the danger before winning a goal-kick.
    • 6' Mesut Özil wins a free-kick on the edge of the box and Ronaldo positions himself to shoot.
    • 5' Celta Vigo come into this game without the huge pressure on their shoulders that the home players have and the visitors also have recent history on their side having secured maximum points in their last two La Liga games at the Bernabeu.
    • 4' From the resulting corner kick Sergio Ramos heads wide with the first clear cut chance...
    • 3' Some early midfield exchanges sees Luka Modric pulling the strings before Kaka gets a chance to shoot from the edge of the box and his deflected shot wins a corner.
    • 2' The visitors Celta Vigo are wearing their away kit of black and red, they are mounting an early attack down the right and think they have won a corner down, but the linesman says its offside.
    • 1' Referee Clos Gomez blows his whistle and this game is underway, with Real Madrid taking the kick-off and maintaining possession in the early seconds.
    • 16.55 Match odds: Real Madrid 1/10, Celta Vigo 20/1, Draw 8/1.
    • 16.52 Paco Herrera (Celta Vigo): "For me this is the best Real Madrid side ever as I don’t remember their famous European Cup winning side. They were the top scorers last season and they finished teams off by knock out. They haven’t started well but they’re coming back in style. They have the best goalkeeper in the world, the best centre back in Sergio Ramos and in Xavi Alonso they have one of the best centre midfielders. Cristiano Ronaldo is different as him and Messi are on a different planet."
    • 16.50 Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid): "It's easy (approaching the game) because we know we can't lose points in this game. We have no room to lose points. We need to win. If we don't win it's a very bad result for us. So we don't need to speak about motivation because we have that in mind. And the opponent is a good opponent, very positive. They play good football, they try to score goals. Unless their coach changes things they will play with an offensive mindset. So this match will be difficult."
    • 16.45 Teams: REAL MADRID: Casillas, Varane, Ramos, Pepe, Essien, Alonso, Ozil, Kaka, Modric, Ronaldo, Higuain… subs: Adan, Di Maria, Benzema, Nacho, Callejon, Carvalho, Albiol. /// CELTA VIGO: Sergio, Hugo Mallo, Cabral, Tuñez, Roberto Lago, Oubiña, Alex Lopez, Bustos, Augusto, Iago Aspas, Kronh-Delhi… subs: Varas, Samuel, Bellvis, Lucas, Toni, Chu-Young, Bermejo .
    • 16.40 Good afternoon and welcome to LIVE coverage of this La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Spanish capital.
  • Summary

    • 67' GOAL!!! A no nonsense finish from the brilliant Ronaldo who drives the spot kick low and left into the net with his right foot giving Sergio no chance.
    • 38' Modric finds Ronaldo on the edge of the Celta box and the Portuguese forward hits the bar with a dipping shot.
    • 11' GOAL!!! Gonzalo Higuaín gives the home side an early breakthrough with a run down the left wing and a cross which loops over Celta keeper Sergio into the net.
    • 16.45 Teams: REAL MADRID: Casillas, Varane, Ramos, Pepe, Essien, Alonso, Ozil, Kaka, Modric, Ronaldo, Higuain… subs: Adan, Di Maria, Benzema, Nacho, Callejon, Carvalho, Albiol. /// CELTA VIGO: Sergio, Hugo Mallo, Cabral, Tuñez, Roberto Lago, Oubiña, Alex Lopez, Bustos, Augusto, Iago Aspas, Kronh-Delhi… subs: Varas, Samuel, Bellvis, Lucas, Toni, Chu-Young, Bermejo .
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    Manager: José Mourinho

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    Manager: Paco Herrera

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