La Liga
17 May 2017
Game week
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1 - 4
Estadio de Balaídos (Vigo)


0 - 1
0 - 2
48' Cristiano Ronaldo (G) (assist by: Isco)
J. Guidetti (G) 69' (assist by: P. Sisto)
1 - 2
1 - 3
70' K. Benzema (G) (assist by: Marcelo)
1 - 4
88' T. Kroos (G) (assist by: K. Benzema)


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Ronaldo's double was key, with Benzema and Kroos getting on target after Guidetti pulled one back despite Celta being reduced to 10 men for the harsh sending off of Aspas. Thanks for joining us and have a great night!
FULL-TIME - Celta Vigo 1-4 Real Madrid: The title is Madrid's to lose! An emphatic victory over Celta sends Zidane's men three points clear of Barcelona ahead of the final round of fixtures this weekend. A draw at Malaga will be enough to get their hands on the trophy, while Barca must hope the club from the capital lose and they beat Eibar at Camp Nou.
90'+3 There is the final whistle!
90'+2 Beauvue lunges in at the back post to try and get to a cross but he commits a foul on Danilo. The former Guingamp man has another opportunity moments later, failing to hit the target from the edge of the box.
90' There will be a minimum of three added minutes.
88' GOOOOOOAAAAAL!! KROOS WRAPS IT UP! Benzema overruns the ball and loses possession but quickly regains it after some impressive pressing from Asensio. He feeds Kroos, who cuts onto his left foot and guides a shot inside the near post rather than curl one towards the far corner!
That was brilliant from Benzema. He has played with great intensity all night.
86' Guidetti's night is over as he goes off for Beauvue.
85' Ramos is booked for his part in an altercation with Hernandez.
I said things had cooled down, but Ramos has some words for Hernandez after a strong challenge from the Chilean. Hernandez reacts angrily and goes into the book.
84' The case is the same for Ronaldo, who makes way for Asensio.
Isco won't pick up a booking that will suspended him for the trip to Malaga - he's been replaced by Vazquez.
82' Things have started to cool down now. Celta have lost the fire that Aspas' dismissal triggered, while Madrid are content to take their time over possession.
80' Danilo and Hernandez are fine to continue, but Sisto makes way for Diop.
79' The collision between Danilo and Hernandez results in the duo needing attention from the medical staff. It allows the players a breather after what has been a frantic 10 minutes.
77' The referee plays the advantage after Danilo goes down following a challenge from Hernandez, with Ronaldo pouncing on the loose ball. He fires a low cross into the box that Alvarez gets a foot on. The keeper inadvertently diverts it onto the arm of Cabral before Modric sees a follow-up effort save! The handball appears to have been deemed accidental.
75' WHAT A MISS FROM RONALDO! He drives towards the box and plays a one-two with Kovacic, finding himself with plenty of time to pick his spot from 12 yards after the return pass. He feigns to shoot before pulling the trigger, and somehow he misses the target! That should've been the hat-trick!
73' Mallo gives away a free-kick for pulling back Benzema and the referee shows him a yellow card.
72' Berizzo sends Diaz on for Jozabed, a change that might allow Wass more license to get forward.
71' Casemiro is on a booking so, with things heating up, it's a wise move from Zidane to send Kovacic on in his place.
70' Great work from Marcelo, there! He twisted and turned to get the better of Mallo before producing a fine delivery.
GOOOOOAAAAAL!! BENZEMA HITS STRAIGHT BACK! Some fantastic hold-up play from the Frenchman sees him offload to Marcelo and spin back towards the centre of the box. The left-back darts to the byline and picks out Benzema with a square ball that he taps home from inside the six-yard box.
69' It's Sisto with the assist! He had gone quiet since an impressive first half.
GOOOOOOAAAAAL!! CELTA PULL ONE BACK! Guidetti has endured a difficult night but he gets a slice of good luck with a shot from the edge of the box that deflects off Ramos and loops into the back of the net!
68' CHANCE! Jonny stabs a pass to Wass and the Dane works the space for a shot on his right foot from 12 yards. He fails to put it out of the reach of Navas, who gets down to his left and makes an excellent stop!
66' Tempers are flaring here and now Guidetti is into the book for a show of dissent.
65' Celta assistant Ernesto Marcucci gives the referee a piece of his mind and is sent from the sidelines. Rather than walk around the pitch to head from the dugouts to the tunnel, he trudges across the field in what seems like some form of protest! Remarkable!
64' NOW RONALDO WANTS A PENALTY! He goes down under a challenge from Jonny in a scenario that is extremely similar to what just resulted in Aspas' dismissal. Ronaldo gets away unpunished and Castro is booked for his protests!
62' SECOND YELLOW FOR ASPAS! HE'S OFF! The forward went down under a challenge from Ramos inside the box and it looks sure to be a penalty - there's certainly contact! However, Aspas is given another booking and told to leave the pitch.
61' Casemiro attempts to feed Danilo with a decent pass down the channel, but the right-back hesitates during his run and that gives Alvarez the chance to come off his line and gather the ball.
59' Aspas gets the better of Marcelo and clips a decent delivery towards Guidetti in the middle. Varane beats the attacker to it once again, though, removing the threat with a powerful header.
57' Modric looks to break through the midfield and is sent tumbling by Hernandez, with the referee swift to award a free-kick near the centre circle.
55' OPTA STAT: Ronaldo now has 20 goals in 12 appearances against Celta and seven in six visits to Balaidos.
53' Modric stays on his feet under a hefty challenge from Jonny, turning the full-back inside out before cutting a pass back to Isco. He cannot make a clean connection with the ball and Alvarez mops up.
51' Aspas nods Jonny's pass into the centre of the box for Guidetti, who is flagged offside. It's not been a great week for the striker, who missed a glorious chance late at Manchester United that would have sent Celta into the Europa League final.
50' Madrid have wasted no time in adding to their tally! Having opened up a two-goal cushion and with Ronaldo and Isco a booking away from a ban, Zidane may have a chance to withdraw the influential duo early.
48' GOOOOOAAAAL!! RONALDO GRABS HIS SECOND! After Guidetti fails to get a shot away from Wass' cushioned header and is robbed of possession, Madrid counter-attack and Ronaldo sees a gap at the near post, guiding a cool finish beyond Alvarez!
Isco's pass made it easy for Ronaldo to finish, though he may have been in an offside position when the ball was played.
46' Celta get the second half going!
The second half will be underway in a few moments.
HALF-TIME - Celta Vigo 0-1 Real Madrid: Zidane's men are just 45 minutes away from putting themselves within one point of the title thanks to Ronaldo's searing strike. Celta have threatened intermittently, so Madrid could do with adding to their tally after the interval. Be sure to stay tuned!
45'+1 Barely a second of added time is played before the final whistle goes!
45' An excellent pass from Benzema is played into the path of Isco, who cuts in from the left with a diagonal run. Roncaglia tracks him well and makes a crucial intervention. Benzema has a chance himself moments later, firing straight at Alvarez from just inside the box!
43' Benzema is down and holding his ankle after darting in from the right and looking for a give-and-go with Isco. The Frenchman may have been caught by Roncaglia, but Celta won't put the ball out for him and simply start building their next move.
42' Guidetti puts in a reckless challenge on Ramos, his attempt to stop a counter-attack ending with Mallo's pass being intercepted was too desperate.
40' Madrid win possession in midfield and look to break. Ronaldo rolls a pass in behind for Benzema but the flag is up for offside, which the replay proves to be an incorrect decision.
38' Jonny tries to scoop the ball past Varane next to the byline on the left and there appears to be contact with the defender's arm. Claims for handball are denied by the referee, who books Aspas for his protests. It was right on the edge of the box, so could well have been a penalty.
37' Another chance for Aspas, but his attempt to curl a 20-yard shot into the top-left corner ends up skidding wide of the upright with Navas scrambling across his line.
36' SIDE NETTING! Aspas attempts to roll a pass out to Sisto on the left but a rebound off Danilo plays him into a shooting position. He lets fly with a powerful shot that fails to find the target! He should've been looking across goal there.
35' A brilliant first touch from Aspas finds Guidetti with space to run into. Varane uses his pace to get across quickly and shut down the Swede.
33' Ronaldo gets some jeers after smashing the ball behind when attempting to cross on the spin after being picked out on the right-hand side. Benzema kept his inevitable frustration to himself!
31' WHAT A HIT! Wass thumps a venomous shot on target that Navas can only palm straight back into the danger area. A poor touch from Roncaglia denies him a follow-up, but it doesn’t matter in the end as the offside flag goes up.
30' Casemiro has given away a pretty needless free-kick 20 yards out, cutting down Jozabed after he offloads to Sisto and earning a yellow card.
28' Good work from Roncaglia! The Argentina international shows his strength to get between Benzema and the ball, stopping the Frenchman from cracking a left-footed shot at Alvarez.
27' Benzema teases a low ball across the face of goal with Ronaldo arriving at the back post. Roncaglia slides in and gets an important touch on it to turn it behind! Madrid get a second corner in quick succession when Isco's shot takes a deflection and Sisto heads it away.
26' Why did he do that?! Jozabed initiates a one-two with Sisto and if the Denmark international were to return the ball his team-mate would have a free shot at goal. Sisto goes himself, though, and blazes over!
25' Kroos bursts past Mallo down the left and picks out Ronaldo in the middle. He is dispossessed by Roncaglia but the ball runs loose to Isco, whose attempt to float a delivery onto the goalscorer's head is punched clear by Alvarez.
23' Madrid have lost some of their early impetus having already broken through. There is less urgency about their play and Celta have started to put their defence under pressure.
21' OPTA STAT: Ronaldo is now the highest scoring player in history across the top five European leagues, with tonight's goal his 367th and taking him past Jimmy Greaves.
19' Once more Sisto runs at Danilo and darts inside for a shot. His effort deflects off Danilo and Navas is unable to stop it going out for a corner. Wass aims it to the near-post and Cabral loops an attempted flick-on behind.
17' The set-piece is floated in towards Mallo and it drops kindly for Navas to collect, Guidetti arriving just too late to challenge.
16' Sisto has been very positive tonight and he drives down the left and draws a foul from Casemiro. That move stemmed from Roncaglia's robust challenge on Marcelo by the Celta byline!
14' Jozabed, Sisto and Guidetti combine impressively on the left but the Swede is unable to create room for a final shot. Celta manage to retain possession and Jonny tries his luck with a pot-shot from 25 yards that takes a deflection before being held by Navas.
12' So, it's advantage Madrid in the title race! As things stand, a point at Malaga on Sunday would be enough for them to get their hands on the trophy. Guidetti attempts an ambitious flick from Jonny's cross but it loops into the hands of Navas.
10' GOOOOOOAAAAL!! RONALDO PUTS MADRID AHEAD! Wow, that is a sensational strike from the Portuguese! Marcelo's pass down the left puts Isco in behind, and when he cuts inside a challenge from Roncaglia diverts the ball to Ronaldo. He reponds by thumping a searing shot beyond Alvarez, who was rooted to the spot!
Assist Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez
8' Madrid are controlling possession and beginning to draw whistles from the home crowd. A stray pass is picked up by the hosts and they work the ball out to Sisto, whose shot from just outside the box is blocked by Modric.
6' Benzema gets away down the right and shows great strength to beat Roncaglia and dribble in along the byline. His attempt to tee up Ronaldo at the near post loops up off Mallo and floats over the head of Isco. That was a really great chance!
4' A brilliant pass from Mallo attempts to release Aspas in behind, but Ramos does well to get his head on it and nod the ball out of play for a throw-in. A cross is driven into the centre which is too high for Guidetti, and Varane removes the threat.
2' Modric slips in Danilo and the Brazilian's shot from the right-hand side of the box is blocked by Sisto. Kroos' corner comes to nothing and Celta break, an interception from Casemiro denying Guidetti a one-on-one with Navas.
1' Here we go, Madrid get the ball rolling!
We are just a few minutes away from kick-off in Vigo!
Furthermore, Celta are the only team to have beaten Barcelona AND Madrid this season. Their victory over Los Blancos came in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals at Santiago Bernabeu. In case you're wondering, the result at Balaidos was a 2-2 draw.
You could be forgiven for thinking this will be routine for Madrid given that Celta have lost their last five league matches in succession. That streak coincided with heavy rotation from Eduardo Berizzo as his side prepared to take on Manchester United in the Europa League semi-finals. They are at full strength tonight, though.
However, a yellow card for Ronaldo would be his fifth of the season and consequently rule him out of the final match of the campaign at Malaga on Sunday, a situation Isco and Lucas Vazquez are also in. They will need to be careful, the latter only if he comes on in the second half.
The big news in the Madrid line-up is that Ronaldo features after sitting out the last four away matches in LaLiga. That was largely down to Zidane's rotation policy as he tried to steer the team into the Champions League final. With that having been successful and with so much at stake, the Portuguese superstar is back.
Real Madrid bench: Kiko Casilla, Nacho Fernandez, Fabio Coentrao, Marco Asensio, Mateo Kovacic, Lucas Vazquez, Alvaro Morata.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Keylor Navas; Danilo, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Luka Modric; Isco, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Celta Vigo bench: Ivan Villar, Andreu Fontas, Sergi Gomez, Pape Diop, Matias Diaz, Andrew Hjulsager, Claudio Beauvue.
Celta Vigo (4-2-3-1): Sergio Alvarez; Hugo Mallo, Gustavo Cabral, Facundo Roncaglia, Jonny Castro; Daniel Wass, Pablo Hernandez; Iago Aspas, Jozabed, Pione Sisto; John Guidetti.
The teams are out and here is how they will line up.
Madrid head into this match second in the table, only behind leaders Barcelona due to an inferior head-to-head record. A point will put Los Blancos' fate in their own hands, but defeat will give Barca the advantage ahead of the final round of fixtures at the weekend - that is how crucial this fixture, delayed since February due to floods in Galicia, is.
Hello and welcome to what is going to be a pivotal night for Real Madrid's hopes of clinching a first LaLiga title since 2012. Zinedine Zidane's side are in Balaidos for a crunch match against Celta Vigo, and defeat is not an option!


Sergio Álvarez
K. Navas
Hugo Mallo
Sergio Ramos
R. Varane
Cristiano Ronaldo
P. Hernández
T. Kroos
J. Guidetti
K. Benzema
Iago Aspas
P. Sisto
D. Wass
Jonny Castro
L. Modrić
G. Cabral
F. Roncaglia

Additional info

Juan Martínez
Diego Barbero
Fourth official
Alberto González

Match Stats

Celta de Vigo Real Madrid
43 Attacks (Dangerous) 35
4 Corners 6
16 Fouls 9
11 Free Kicks 18
5 Goal Kicks 11
2 Offsides 2
1 Shots (blocked) 0
9 Shots (off target) 2
8 Shots (on target) 6
0 Shots (woodwork) 0
11 Throw Ins 12

Regular Season

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Estadio de Balaídos

Estadio de Balaídos