Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 400th career goal as Real Madrid laboured to victory over Celta Vigo and reduced the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona.

Celta had wasted a number of chances before Karim Benzema capitalised on shoddy defending by prodding home.

Ronaldo, who had been largely anonymous, made sure of victory by converting Daniel Carvajal's cross.

Then, in the dying seconds, Ronaldo added gloss to the scoreline following a cross from Gareth Bale.

Bale, a 65th-minute substitute, found the former Manchester United man in space and he thumped the ball into the roof of the net.

Cristiano Ronaldo on target

  • Cristiano Ronaldo has scored twice in a match on 30 occasions, more than any other Real Madrid player in La Liga since 2000
  • He is the top scorer in this season's La Liga with 20 - one clear of Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa

Ronaldo's brace, which made him the fourth highest scorer for Real Madrid in La Liga history, masked what had been a pedestrian performance by a Real side who are now five points adrift of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in third.

The 28-year-old, who is on a three-man shortlist for the prestigious Ballon d'Or award, has now scored 400 goals in 653 games for Sporting Lisbon, Manchester United, Real and Portugal.

A minute's silence was held before kick-off in memory of Portuguese great Eusebio, who died aged 71 from a heart attack at the weekend.

Ronaldo seemed to pay his own tribute to his much-loved compatriot by raising his arms to the sky after his second landmark goal.

It was not Ronaldo's most polished performance, but he still managed to help Real clinch a handsome win.

Celta will look back and regret a number of missed opportunities, with Brazilian Charles the main culprit.

The striker hit the side netting early on and fluffed another chance after the break, shooting wide with just Diego Lopez to beat.

Moments later, the visitors paid the price for their profligacy when Benzema took advantage of a defensive mix-up to stab the ball home.

The goal lifted Real's spirits, with Ronaldo dragging a shot across goal before he found the target moments later with a toe-poke at the far post.

Celta's threat diminished from there on and once again they failed to contain Ronaldo as he struck his 28th club goal this season and his 230th in total for Real.

Bale, who returned to training last week after recovering from a calf injury, was the provider, with the Welshman making another telling contribution for his new club.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Real Madrid

  • 25 López
  • 15 Carvajal
  • 12 Marcelo
  • 19 Modric
  • 03 Pepe
  • 04 Ramos
  • 22 Di María (Bale - 65' )
  • 14 Alonso (Illarramendi - 45' )
  • 09 Benzema
  • 23 Isco (Jesé - 62' )
  • 07 Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 01 Casillas
  • 11 Bale
  • 17 Arbeloa
  • 18 Nacho
  • 20 Jesé
  • 21 Morata
  • 24 Illarramendi

Celta de Vigo

  • 13 Rodríguez Oterino
  • 02 Mallo Novegil
  • 19 Castro Otto
  • 04 Oubiña
  • 22 Cabral
  • 30 Costas
  • 24 Fernández Booked (Agudo Durán - 69' )
  • 08 López Sánchez Booked (Krohn-Dehli - 60' )
  • 11 Dias de Oliveira (Mina Lorenzo - 77' )
  • 12 Alcántara do Nascimento
  • 14 Orellana

Substitutes

  • 01 Álvarez Conde
  • 06 Vila Pereira
  • 10 Agudo Durán
  • 15 Aurtenetxe
  • 17 Madinda
  • 23 Krohn-Dehli
  • 29 Mina Lorenzo
Ref: Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo
Att: 80,000

Match Stats

Shots

18 15

On target

8 1

Corners

12 9

Fouls

12 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Real Madrid 3, Celta de Vigo 0.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Real Madrid 3, Celta de Vigo 0.

90:00 +2:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 3, Celta de Vigo 0. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Gareth Bale.

90:00 +1:41

Offside, Real Madrid. Marcelo tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

90:00 +1:21

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jonny.

90:00 +1:18

Attempt blocked. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:05

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

88:46

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

88:46

Foul by Santi Mina (Celta de Vigo).

86:59

Attempt missed. Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Krohn-Dehli with a cross.

86:32

Attempt blocked. Nolito (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Krohn-Dehli.

85:53

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

84:56

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

84:56

Foul by Jonny (Celta de Vigo).

84:27

Offside, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

83:10

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Marcelo.

81:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Real Madrid 2, Celta de Vigo 0. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Daniel Carvajal with a cross.

81:32

Attempt saved. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesé.

80:10

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Luka Modric.

80:09

Attempt blocked. Rafinha (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nolito.

78:24

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

78:24

Foul by Jonny (Celta de Vigo).

77:01

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Hugo Mallo.

76:38 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Santi Mina replaces Charles.

74:06

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

71:39

Attempt missed. Nolito (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

70:10

Foul by Pepe (Real Madrid).

70:10

Michael Krohn-Dehli (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Nolito replaces Augusto Fernández.

66:15 Goal scored

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

64:31

Attempt missed. Charles (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rafinha.

64:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Gareth Bale replaces Ángel Di María.

63:33

Attempt missed. Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charles.

63:20

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

63:20

Fabián Orellana (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63:02

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

63:02

Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:49

Attempt saved. Jesé (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

61:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Isco.

61:03

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Hugo Mallo.

59:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Michael Krohn-Dehli replaces Álex López.

58:37

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

58:35

Attempt blocked. Fabián Orellana (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rafinha.

57:45

Attempt missed. Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Augusto Fernández.

56:20

Attempt missed. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a cross.

55:00

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jonny.

54:25

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

54:25

Borja Oubiña (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:02

Attempt saved. Isco (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Asier Illarramendi.

51:18

Offside, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

48:51

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

47:29

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by David Costas.

46:52

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

46:48

Delay in match Marcelo (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

45:00

Second Half begins Real Madrid 0, Celta de Vigo 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Real Madrid. Asier Illarramendi replaces Xabi Alonso.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Real Madrid 0, Celta de Vigo 0.

45:00 +0:21

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

45:00 +0:21

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

44:26

Dangerous play by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

44:26

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

43:37

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

42:35

Delay in match Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid) because of an injury.

42:08 Booking

Booking Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

42:01

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

42:01

Foul by Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo).

41:28

Attempt blocked. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ángel Di María.

41:11

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Yoel.

40:45

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by David Costas.

40:21

Attempt missed. Álex López (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rafinha.

39:37

Attempt saved. Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a cross.

38:31

Offside, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Sergio Ramos is caught offside.

38:02

Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:02

Foul by Fabián Orellana (Celta de Vigo).

37:19

Attempt blocked. Álex López (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

36:42

Attempt missed. Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Álex López with a cross following a corner.

36:14

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Pepe.

36:10

Attempt blocked. Rafinha (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Charles with a headed pass.

35:12

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

35:12

Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:25 Booking

Booking Álex López (Celta de Vigo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33:15

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

33:15

Foul by Álex López (Celta de Vigo).

31:47

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

31:47

Foul by David Costas (Celta de Vigo).

31:23

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

31:22

Attempt blocked. Borja Oubiña (Celta de Vigo) header from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Álex López with a cross.

30:52

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Luka Modric.

30:06

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Pepe.

29:06

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

29:06

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

28:20

Attempt missed. Fabián Orellana (Celta de Vigo) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Rafinha with a cross.

27:40

Attempt missed. Luka Modric (Real Madrid) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Marcelo.

26:51

Attempt blocked. Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ángel Di María with a through ball.

25:18

Offside, Real Madrid. Xabi Alonso tries a through ball, but Isco is caught offside.

24:59

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Rafinha.

23:35

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid).

23:35

Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:07

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by David Costas.

23:05

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo.

20:49

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid).

20:49

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

17:07

Ángel Di María (Real Madrid) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:07

Foul by Jonny (Celta de Vigo).

16:08

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

16:08

Foul by Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo).

15:04

Foul by Marcelo (Real Madrid).

15:04

Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick on the right wing.

13:42

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by David Costas.

13:40

Attempt blocked. Karim Benzema (Real Madrid) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cristiano Ronaldo with a through ball.

9:10

Hand ball by Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid).

7:07

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jonny.

5:05

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Diego López.

5:02

Attempt saved. Charles (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Augusto Fernández with a through ball.

4:02

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Gustavo Cabral.

3:58

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

3:14

Offside, Real Madrid. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Karim Benzema is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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