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Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Zidane insists Bale will stay

Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos, Real Madrid
Bale has scored 102 goals for Real Madrid since his move in September 2013

Zinedine Zidane said Gareth Bale is "going to stay" at Real Madrid after the Welsh forward set up Karim Benzema's opening goal in a 3-1 victory at Celta Vigo.

Bale was a surprise starter after being linked with a move away from the club this summer, but was involved in Madrid's best moments and Zidane insisted it was always his plan to play Bale in this game.

"He's going to stay and we all have to think of that as a positive thing," manager Zidane said.

"The injury to Eden Hazard was bad luck for us but it didn't change the plans we had for Bale in this game.

"Gareth and everyone else here is going to show this shirt the respect it deserves."

Bale had already tested Celta keeper Ruben Blanco with a rasping shot before delivering a pinpoint cross for Benzema to touch home after 12 minutes.

Celta responded well and thought they had equalised on the stroke of half-time, but Brais Mendez' effort was disallowed for offside by the video assistant referee.

Toni Kroos doubled Real's lead with a sensational 25-yard strike off the underside of the crossbar, shortly after Luka Modric was sent off for a late challenge on former Arsenal loanee Denis Suarez.

Despite going down to 10 men at Estadio Municipal de Balaidos, Real scored a third when Lucas Vazquez finished off a flowing move late on.

Celta's second-half substitute Iker Losada netted a consolation for the home side, beating Thibaut Courtois with a fierce shot in stoppage time.

La Liga champions Barcelona lost their opening league game of the season on Friday, going down 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao.

Line-ups

Celta Vigo

  • 13BlancoBooked at 12mins
  • 20VázquezBooked at 7mins
  • 3CostasBooked at 74mins
  • 4Araújo
  • 15Olaza
  • 14LobotkaSubstituted forSistoat 75'minutes
  • 8BeltránSubstituted forDiop Gueyeat 83'minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 23Méndez
  • 6D SuárezBooked at 12mins
  • 19FernándezBooked at 49minsSubstituted forLosadaat 88'minutes
  • 10Iago Aspas

Substitutes

  • 11Sisto
  • 16Sáenz
  • 18Aidoo
  • 24Diop Gueye
  • 25Villar
  • 28Bermejo
  • 36Losada

Real Madrid

  • 13Courtois
  • 19OdriozolaBooked at 64mins
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 10ModricBooked at 56mins
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 11BaleSubstituted forIscoat 75'minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forJovicat 81'minutes
  • 28Vinícius JúniorBooked at 36minsSubstituted forVázquezat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Navas
  • 3Militão
  • 6Nacho
  • 16Rodríguez
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Jovic
  • 22Isco
Referee:
Javier Estrada Fernández
Attendance:
23,614

Match Stats

Home TeamCelta VigoAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home7
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away11
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Celta de Vigo 1, Real Madrid 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celta de Vigo 1, Real Madrid 3.

Offside, Celta de Vigo. Pione Sisto tries a through ball, but Iago Aspas is caught offside.

Foul by Pape Cheikh (Celta de Vigo).

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Celta de Vigo 1, Real Madrid 3. Iker Losada (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pape Cheikh following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Álvaro Odriozola (Real Madrid) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Marcelo.

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Attempt blocked. Luka Jovic (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Casemiro with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Iker Losada replaces Gabriel Fernández.

Foul by Brais Méndez (Celta de Vigo).

Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

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

Booking

Pape Cheikh (Celta de Vigo) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Pape Cheikh (Celta de Vigo).

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pape Cheikh (Celta de Vigo).

Isco (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Marcelo (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isco.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Pape Cheikh replaces Fran Beltrán.

Offside, Celta de Vigo. Denis Suárez tries a through ball, but Iago Aspas is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Luka Jovic replaces Karim Benzema.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Néstor Araújo (Celta de Vigo).

Goal!

Goal! Celta de Vigo 0, Real Madrid 3. Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Denis Suárez (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Toni Kroos (Real Madrid).

Denis Suárez (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

Foul by Fran Beltrán (Celta de Vigo).

Casemiro (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Lucas Olaza (Celta de Vigo).

Attempt missed. Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Isco replaces Gareth Bale.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Pione Sisto replaces Stanislav Lobotka.

Booking

David Costas (Celta de Vigo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David Costas (Celta de Vigo).

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Iago Aspas (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Brais Méndez following a fast break.

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