Real Madrid defeated Celta Vigo 2-0 at the Santiago Bernabeau on Saturday in Zinedine Zidane’s first match in charge of Los Blancos as he returns as manager of the former European champions after leaving the club in 2018.
Keylor Navas was restored as Madrid’s goalkeeper rather than Thibaut Courtous and he made a terrific save which the away side won a corner kick from in the 16th minute.
Celta created some chances but the best of the first half went the way of the hosts when Sergio Ramos saw his glancing header go narrowly off target from a Toni Kroos’ corner kick in the 35th minute.
The referee, Juan Martinez Munuera, denied Madrid a 42nd minute penalty after Marco Asensio went sprawling on the ground after a challenge.
Karim Benzema’s ‘goal’ before halftime was rightly ruled out as Gareth Bale elbowed Celta Vigo’s Kevin who had to require medical attention.
Luka Modric’s supposed goal, a shot from outside the box was ruled out in the 56th minute by the VAR when Raphael Varane was deemed to be in an offside position and interfering with play.
Isco however scored from a brilliant counter attack in the 62nd minute with Asensio finding Benzema whose cross was bundled in by the Spaniard who was ostracised by Santiago Scolari.
Bale made it 2-0 with 13 minutes to play as he controlled the ball before hitting it with his weaker right foot. The ball hits the foot of the post and rolled into the net.
Madrid are third in the table with 54 points while Celta are now 18th in the log with 25 points.
By Izuchukwu Okosi