Spanish La Liga
Real Madrid3Celta Vigo0

Real Madrid 3-0 Celta de Vigo

Cristiano Ronaldo

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.

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.

Line-ups

Real Madrid

  • 25López
  • 15Carvajal
  • 12Marcelo
  • 19Modric
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Ramos
  • 22Di MaríaSubstituted forBaleat 65'minutes
  • 14AlonsoSubstituted forIllarramendiat 45'minutes
  • 9Benzema
  • 23IscoSubstituted forJeséat 62'minutes
  • 7Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 11Bale
  • 17Arbeloa
  • 18Nacho
  • 20Jesé
  • 21Morata
  • 24Illarramendi

Celta Vigo

  • 13Rodríguez Oterino
  • 2Mallo Novegil
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 4Oubiña
  • 22Cabral
  • 30Costas
  • 24FernándezBooked at 43minsSubstituted forNolitoat 69'minutes
  • 8LópezBooked at 34minsSubstituted forKrohn-Dehliat 60'minutes
  • 11Dias de OliveiraSubstituted forMina Lorenzoat 77'minutes
  • 12Rafinha
  • 14Orellana

Substitutes

  • 1Álvarez Conde
  • 6Vila Pereira
  • 10Nolito
  • 15Aurtenetxe
  • 17Madinda
  • 23Krohn-Dehli
  • 29Mina Lorenzo
Referee:
Alfonso Álvarez Izquierdo
Attendance:
80,000

Match Stats

Home TeamReal MadridAway TeamCelta Vigo
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home18
Away15
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home12
Away9
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

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.

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

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Jonny.

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

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.

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

Foul by Santi Mina (Celta de Vigo).

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.

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

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Daniel Carvajal.

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

Foul by Jonny (Celta de Vigo).

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

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Marcelo.

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.

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.

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Luka Modric.

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

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

Foul by Jonny (Celta de Vigo).

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Hugo Mallo.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Santi Mina replaces Charles.

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.

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.

Foul by Pepe (Real Madrid).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Nolito replaces Augusto Fernández.

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.

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

Substitution

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

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

Foul by Daniel Carvajal (Real Madrid).

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

Foul by Luka Modric (Real Madrid).

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Real Madrid. Jesé replaces Isco.

Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Hugo Mallo.

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