Real Madrid match at Celta Vigo postponed because of stadium damage

Celta Vigo
Vigo's deputy mayor Carlos Font (centre) assesses the damage at the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos

Real Madrid's La Liga game at Celta Vigo on Sunday has been postponed after storms damaged the hosts' ground.

The Estadio Municipal de Balaidos was declared unsafe by Vigo's city council, its owner, on Saturday.

Abel Caballero, the city's mayor, had earlier told Spanish media it would be impossible for the game to go ahead as planned. No new date has yet been set.

Real are top of La Liga, one point ahead of second-placed Barcelona with two matches in hand.

Luis Enrique's side beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 on Saturday, with Paco Alcacer scoring his first league goal since his move from Valencia last August.

The Galicia region of north-west Spain, of which Vigo is a part, has been hit by winds of up to 85mph in recent days, causing the postponement of Friday's La Liga match between Deportivo La Coruna and Real Betis.

However, the decision to call off Celta Vigo's match has upset Alaves, their Copa del Rey semi-final opponents.

Last season's Segunda Division champions have released a statement asking for their semi-final second leg against Celta on Wednesday to be postponed. The clubs drew the first game 0-0.

They claim Celta will have an unfair advantage with the extra rest, with Alaves away to Sporting Gijon on Sunday.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Madrid19144151173446
2Barcelona21136255183745
3Sevilla21134443281543
4Atl Madrid21116436162039
5Real Sociedad2112273430438
6Villarreal2198428141435
7Eibar219573229332
8Espanyol218852927232
9Ath Bilbao219572625132
10Celta Vigo209383133-230
11Las Palmas207763131028
12Alavés216962122-127
13Real Betis206592131-1023
14Malaga215792835-722
15Deportivo La Coruña204792532-719
16Valencia2054112940-1119
17Leganés2146111535-2018
18Sporting Gijón2134142243-2113
19Osasuna2117132346-2310
20Granada2017121644-2810
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