Real Madrid stretched their leadership of the La Liga table with a well worked 3 – 1 win over Celta Vigo in the top of the table clash staged at the Estadio Balaidos on Saturday 24 October.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring very early on, the first goal coming with the first goal attempt on only the eighth minute of the game after Lucas Vazquez spread a pass across goal and the Portuguese forward was on hand to hit the ball home on the turn off the post.
Celta Vigo slowly grew in the match though their final ball was still wanting and on the 15th minute Fabian Orellana had a fortuitous ball bounce his way and he brought it down with his chest only to see the resulting shot blocked.
The hosts would not make use of the more possession they enjoyed and on the 20th minute a good chance went begging with Manuel Nolito racing in a little too early to be caught offside and on the 20th minute they were made to pay for the miss with Danilo da Silva racing through the left side to steer the ball past Sergio Alvarez.
Johny Castro had a long range shot before Daniel Wass had an attempt, both saved by Keylor Navasa as Celta sought to return into the game. Navas made two other great saves to keep out Nolito and Wass to see Real Madrid head to the break with the two – goal cushion well intact.
Orellana had the chance to pull one back on the 55th minute after some nice work from Nolito who released him but Orellan shot high from 12 yards and it got worse as Augusto Fernandez was booked for a professional foul and protests by Celta players saw Gustavo Cabral shown a second yellow on the 57th minute.
That moment alone saw the referee unleash four yellow cards and a red one and four minutes later Nolito also went to the referee’s book.
Real Madrid, with numerical advantage, went on the attack and Alvarez had to make two good saves on the 63rd and 64th minutes and Isco saw his shot bounce off the bar as the visitors sought the third goal.
On the other end, Celta managed an attack of their own and Nolito managed to beat Navas for the first time in the game but Marcelo was back in good time to make a goal line clearance but on the 86th minute the Costa Rican could not stop Nolito as he skipped past Nacho and unleashed a ferocious shot to beat Navas.
The goal proved to be nothing but a consolation as Real Madrid went on to net a third on the fifth minute of added time as Ronaldo dummied for Marcelo to sneak in and score off Denis Cheryshev’s delivery for a win that took them to 21 points at the summit of the log while Celta stays second with 18 points but in real danger of dropping.