Spanish La Liga
Real Madrid2Celta Vigo0

Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo

Gareth Bale
It was cheers for Gareth Bale instead of jeers from the home support inside the Bernabeu

Gareth Bale and Isco scored against Celta Vigo to give coach Zinedine Zidane a winning start on his return to Real Madrid.

Isco, out of favour under previous coach Santiago Solari, made it 1-0 when he tapped in striker Karim Benzema's low cross from close range.

And 13 minutes from time, Wales forward Bale scored Real's second when his low shot went in off the post.

Real are now two points behind second-placed Atletico Madrid in La Liga.

Diego Simeone's men lost 2-0 at Athletic Bilbao later on Saturday. League leaders Barcelona travel to Real Betis on Sunday (19:45).

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For Zidane and Real the rest of the season is about saving face after what has been, relatively speaking, a poor campaign for them.

When the former midfielder quit 10 months ago, he did so after helping Los Blancos win three successive Champions League titles and the La Liga crown.

It was a phenomenal achievement for the managerial rookie. The Spanish giants also owed a lot of that success to Cristiano Ronaldo, who has since left for Juventus.

The comedown has been severe. Two managers sacked - Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari - and the Club World Cup as the club's only piece of silverware, sums up this campaign.

The return of Zidane this week lifted the spirits of the fans, who on Saturday saw signs of the team who were so successful during his first stint.

Midfielder Isco, attacking full-back Marcelo, Bale and keeper Keylor Navas found themselves recalled to the starting XI and took part in a display that was not 'vintage Zidane era' but was an improvement on recent performances.

After Bale went close to scoring with a strike that came off the underside of the bar and Luka Modric had a goal disallowed for offside, Real finally broke Celta's final line of defence.

The sparkling Marco Asensio laid the ball into the path of Benzema on the left. The French forward then delivered a pinpoint cross for Isco, who converted from a yard.

It was 2-0 after great work from Marcelo. The Brazilian joined Bale in attack and fed a short pass to him in the area, with the Welshman drilling in a low shot off the woodwork and past keeper Ruben Blanco,

Bale, the recipient of jeers from the home support in recent matches, received a huge cheer from a packed Bernabeu. However, it remains to be seen if he has a future under Zidane with whom he has previously had a strained relationship.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 1Navas
  • 19Odriozola
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 10ModricSubstituted forValverdeat 77'minutes
  • 8Kroos
  • 11BaleBooked at 45mins
  • 22IscoSubstituted forCeballosat 63'minutes
  • 20Asensio
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forMarianoat 82'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Nacho
  • 7Mariano
  • 15Valverde
  • 21Díaz
  • 23Reguilón
  • 24Ceballos
  • 25Courtois

Celta Vigo

  • 13Blanco
  • 20Vázquez
  • 4Araújo
  • 3Costas
  • 17JuncàSubstituted forHoedtat 4'minutes
  • 5YokusluSubstituted forBeltránat 75'minutes
  • 14Lobotka
  • 11Sisto
  • 23Méndez
  • 19BoufalSubstituted forHjulsagerat 68'minutes
  • 9Gómez

Substitutes

  • 1Álvarez
  • 8Beltrán
  • 12Hoedt
  • 16Hjulsager
  • 18Jensen
  • 21Sánchez
  • 24Boudebouz
Referee:
Juan Martínez Munuera
Attendance:
65,054

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamCelta Vigo
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home22
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home9
Away2
Fouls
Home15
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Real Madrid 2, Celta de Vigo 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Real Madrid 2, Celta de Vigo 0.

Attempt missed. Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Marco Asensio.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Mariano replaces Karim Benzema.

Foul by Álvaro Odriozola (Real Madrid).

Kevin Vázquez (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Federico Valverde.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 2, Celta de Vigo 0. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marcelo.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Federico Valverde replaces Luka Modric.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Fran Beltrán replaces Okay Yokuslu.

Attempt blocked. Dani Ceballos (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Kevin Vázquez.

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

Attempt blocked. Andrew Hjulsager (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rubén Blanco.

Attempt saved. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by David Costas.

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

Okay Yokuslu (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Andrew Hjulsager replaces Sofiane Boufal.

Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

Sofiane Boufal (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dani Ceballos.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Dani Ceballos replaces Isco.

Goal!

Goal! Real Madrid 1, Celta de Vigo 0. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

Attempt blocked. Sofiane Boufal (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Maxi Gómez.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

VAR: Goal. Referee decision on field cancelled.

Delay in match (Real Madrid).

Offside, Real Madrid. Luka Modric tries a through ball, but Raphael Varane is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by David Costas.

Attempt saved. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isco.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by David Costas.

Attempt blocked. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Álvaro Odriozola.

Foul by Gareth Bale (Real Madrid).

Sofiane Boufal (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Wesley Hoedt.

Attempt blocked. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luka Modric.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Néstor Araújo.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 16th March 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona27196269264363
2Atl Madrid28168439192056
3Real Madrid28173849321754
4Getafe27129636241245
5Alavés2812883131044
6Sevilla27117946361040
7Valencia2781543023739
8Real Betis27116103132-139
9Ath Bilbao2881372831-337
10Real Sociedad2899103333036
11Eibar2781183536-135
12Girona28810103137-634
13Espanyol2797113240-834
14Leganés2889112734-733
15Levante2887133849-1131
16Real Valladolid2768132138-1726
17Villarreal27511112935-626
18Celta Vigo2867153647-1125
19Rayo Vallecano2765162948-1923
20Huesca2857162847-1922
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