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Real Madrid narrow Barcelona lead by beating Celta Vigo

Real Madrid celebrate
Madrid have won each of their four games under caretaker boss Santiago Solari

Real Madrid narrowed the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona to four points with a hard-fought victory at Celta Vigo.

Karim Benzema put Madrid ahead with an expert finish from Luka Modric's pass.

After the break Benzema's shot hit the post and went in off defender Gustavo Cabral to put Real 2-0 up but Celta's Hugo Mallo scored with a smart volley.

Sergio Ramos chipped in a penalty and Dani Ceballos smashed home in stoppage time after Cabral was sent off, with Brais Mendez adding a late consolation.

It was Madrid's fourth straight win under caretaker manager Santiago Solari, who was put in charge after Julen Lopetegui was sacked the day after a 5-1 defeat at Barcelona on 28 October.

Champions Barca had earlier on Sunday lost 4-3 at home to an impressive Real Betis side, and this Madrid victory brings the European champions back into the Spanish title race.

La Liga rules say temporary managers can only be in place for 14 days, and it is expected Argentine former Madrid winger Solari, 42, will be made permanent manager on Monday.

Madrid are sixth in the table, three points off the top four, while Celta are now 14th, four points above the relegation zone.

La Liga table


Celta Vigo

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Álvarez
  • 2MalloBooked at 41mins
  • 22CabralBooked at 87mins
  • 24Roncaglia
  • 17JuncàBooked at 44mins
  • 23Méndez
  • 5Yokuslu
  • 8BeltránSubstituted forMorat 63'minutes
  • 19BoufalSubstituted forHjulsagerat 63'minutes
  • 10Iago Aspas
  • 9Gómez


  • 4Araújo
  • 7Mor
  • 13Blanco
  • 16Hjulsager
  • 20Vázquez
  • 21Sánchez
  • 25Alonso

Real Madrid

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25Courtois
  • 19Odriozola
  • 6NachoSubstituted forAsensioat 71'minutes
  • 4Ramos
  • 23ReguilónBooked at 37minsSubstituted forSánchez de Felipeat 45+1'minutesBooked at 53mins
  • 10Modric
  • 14CasemiroSubstituted forCeballosat 19'minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 17Vázquez
  • 9Benzema
  • 11Bale


  • 1Navas
  • 15Valverde
  • 20Asensio
  • 22Isco
  • 24Ceballos
  • 28Vinícius Júnior
  • 31Sánchez de Felipe
Alberto Undiano Mallenco

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celta de Vigo 2, Real Madrid 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celta de Vigo 2, Real Madrid 4.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Celta de Vigo 2, Real Madrid 4. Brais Méndez (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Iago Aspas.

  4. Goal!

    Goal! Celta de Vigo 1, Real Madrid 4. Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Sergio Ramos.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Iago Aspas.

  6. Post update

    Offside, Real Madrid. Marco Asensio tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Javi Sánchez.

  8. Post update

    Offside, Celta de Vigo. David Juncà tries a through ball, but Hugo Mallo is caught offside.

  9. Dismissal

    Second yellow card to Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo).

  10. Post update

    Andrew Hjulsager (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Thibaut Courtois.

  13. Post update

    Emre Mor (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Celta de Vigo 1, Real Madrid 3. Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

  16. Post update

    Penalty conceded by David Juncà (Celta de Vigo) after a foul in the penalty area.

  17. Post update

    Penalty Real Madrid. Álvaro Odriozola draws a foul in the penalty area.

  18. Post update

    Hand ball by Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid).

  19. Post update

    Maxi Gómez (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Javi Sánchez (Real Madrid).

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 11th November 2018

As It Stood

3Atl Madrid12651168823
6Real Madrid126242016420
7Real Valladolid1245399017
10Real Sociedad124441514116
12Real Betis124441215-316
14Celta Vigo123542220214
17Ath Bilbao121741319-610
19Rayo Vallecano121471425-117
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