Goals from Alvaro Morata and Toni Kroos canceled out Fabian Orellana’s equalizer as Real Madrid bagged their second win of the season, beating Celta Vigo 2 – 1 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday 27 August.
Celta Vigo were always on the back foot going into the game, having conceded 17 goals in their last four matches against Real Madrid and Morata was in inspired for in the clash, taking so little time to settle in as he looks to make his return to the team count.
The Spanish international had a sniff at goal on the second minute after receiving a pass from Gareth Bale before going round Facunda Ronchaglio and cutting in but Gustavo Cabral cleared the danger.
Morata was picked out by Bale again on the 13th minute after fine work from Marco Asensio but Morata curled the ball wide.
On the 15th minute an error from Celta Vigo goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez gifted Luka Modric an easy ball but the keeper recovered in time to save the day.
Celta Vigo were holding their own well so far and managing to break forward as well. One such occasion saw Theo Bongonda upfront take the selfish option, electing to shoot from a narrow angle after getting up the left flank when he should have crossed for John Guidetti.
Real Madrid spurned yet their best chance so far on the 29th minute when Modric took the ball round Pablo Hernandez in midfield, powered forwards towards the edge of the Celta penalty area and unleashed a shot that whacked the cross-bar.
Two minutes later Modric tested the keeper again with a shot from outside the box which did not bear much.
On the 39th minute Bale picked up the ball in space on the right flank, got forward and pulled the trigger but his long range effort was saved by Sergio Alvarez as Celta Vigo held on for a goalless first half.
Upon resumption Real Madrid were still the stronger side but Celta Vigo were more determined to keep their clean sheet. Bale saw his dipping attempt 0n 53 minutes tipped over.
The opener then came on the hour mark after an error from the keeper. His attempt to clear fell well on Asensio’s path and after his attempts to scoop the ball over the Celta goalkeeper, was blocked, it bounced nicely for Alvaro Morata, who lashed home from about 10 yards.
For Real Madrid, the lead lasted just seven minutes as unmarked on the edge of the Real penalty area, Fabian Orellana stepped on to a pass from John Guidetti, spotted Kiko Casilla off his line and fired the ball to the goalkeeper’s right for the leveler.
Real started pushing afresh for the second goal and almost had it on the 80th minute as Gareth Bale went close with a header, which was saved unconvincingly by Sergio Alvarez.
A minute later they had the lead again; Lucas Vazquez teed up Toni Kroos with a perfectly weighted ball across the face of the Celta penalty area and the German curled it low past Alvarez for the second goal.
The hosts managed to hold on for the remaining nine minutes, under pressure, to bag their second win in as many matches in the La Liga season while Celta were left searching for their first win.