Spanish La Liga
Celta VigoCelta Vigo1Real MadridReal Madrid3

Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Karim Benzema nets first-half double in win

Karim Benzema scored for a sixth consecutive game as his double helped Real Madrid to a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo in La Liga.

The France striker's goals were both assisted by Germany midfielder Toni Kroos as Madrid moved above rivals Barcelona into second in the table.

Celta pulled one back on 40 minutes through Santi Mina's powerful header.

After a lethargic second half from Real, Benzema turned provider as Marco Asensio added a third in stoppage time.

Benzema's double at the Balaidos puts the 33-year-old on 23 goals in all competitions for Madrid so far this season.

Real's victory also edges Zinedine Zidane's side to within three points of league leaders Atletico Madrid, as the French boss continues his quest to lift back-to-back titles with the Spanish giants.

Atletico and Ronald Koeman's Barca play their league games on Sunday.

Benzema shines again for Real

With nine games to go until the end of the La Liga season, Benzema has hit a purple patch at just the right time.

His strike against Atalanta on Tuesday gave Real the platform to secure a 4-1 aggregate win that put them through to an eye-catching Champions League quarter-final against Premier League champions Liverpool.

In Saturday's encounter with Celta Vigo, Benzema first latched on to Kroos' threaded pass to turn his marker and clinically finish into the bottom corner past goalkeeper Ivan Villar.

His second - and eighth in six matches - was a left-footed shot driven home after midfielder Kroos dispossessed defender Renato Tapia on the edge of the Celta penalty area.

Benzema's assist for Asensio's late, close-range shot was checked by VAR for offside, but the strike was awarded on the full-time whistle.

There were good and bad points for Zidane to ponder after Madrid's second win in a week.

His side are now unbeaten in 10 away games in La Liga but have not kept a clean sheet in their last four league games.

It was also a nervy second 45 minutes for Real, as former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas twice came close to finding an equaliser for 11th-placed Celta.

The Spaniard saw an effort palmed away by Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois, then a thunderous free-kick deflected off the head of Casemiro and hit the post.

Line-ups

Celta Vigo

Formation 4-1-3-2

  • 1Villar
  • 2Mallo
  • 4Araújo
  • 24MurilloSubstituted forFerreyraat 84'minutes
  • 19Martín
  • 14TapiaBooked at 25mins
  • 23MéndezSubstituted forBeltránat 84'minutes
  • 6D SuárezBooked at 78mins
  • 9NolitoSubstituted forSolariat 71'minutesBooked at 85minsSubstituted forFontánat 90+1'minutes
  • 10Iago Aspas
  • 22Mina Lorenzo

Substitutes

  • 8Beltrán
  • 12Ferreyra
  • 17Juncà
  • 18Aidoo
  • 20Vázquez
  • 21Solari
  • 27Baeza
  • 29Fontán
  • 41Sequeira

Real Madrid

Formation 4-1-2-1-2

  • 1Courtois
  • 17Vázquez
  • 5Varane
  • 6NachoBooked at 70mins
  • 23Mendy
  • 14Casemiro
  • 15Valverde
  • 8KroosBooked at 39minsSubstituted forAsensioat 71'minutes
  • 10ModricBooked at 80mins
  • 20Vinícius JúniorBooked at 22mins
  • 9Benzema

Substitutes

  • 3Militão
  • 11Asensio
  • 12Marcelo
  • 13Lunin
  • 22Isco
  • 25Rodrygo
  • 26Altube
  • 34Duro
Referee:
Mario Melero López

Match Stats

Home TeamCelta VigoAway TeamReal Madrid
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home8
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home23
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celta Vigo 1, Real Madrid 3.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Celta Vigo 1, Real Madrid 3. Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Celta Vigo. José Manuel Fontán replaces Augusto Solari because of an injury.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Real Madrid. Conceded by Augusto Solari.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Vinícius Júnior (Real Madrid) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Federico Valverde with a cross.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Aarón Martín (Celta Vigo).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Facundo Ferreyra (Celta Vigo) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Facundo Ferreyra (Celta Vigo) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Iago Aspas with a cross.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Augusto Solari (Celta Vigo).

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Hugo Mallo (Celta Vigo).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Aarón Martín (Celta Vigo) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid).

  17. Booking

    Augusto Solari (Celta Vigo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Augusto Solari (Celta Vigo).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Celta Vigo. Fran Beltrán replaces Brais Méndez.

Around the BBC iPlayer bannerAround the BBC iPlayer footer

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 20th March 2021

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid27196250183263
2Real Madrid28186449232660
3Barcelona27185461233859
4Sevilla28174739211855
5Real Sociedad27129643222145
6Real Betis28143113841-345
7Villarreal2791353730740
8Granada27106113344-1136
9Ath Bilbao2898113832635
10Levante2881193637-135
11Celta Vigo28810103543-834
12Valencia2779113237-530
13Osasuna2879122335-1230
14Cádiz2778122342-1929
15Getafe2777132132-1128
16Real Valladolid28512112638-1227
17Elche2759132441-1724
18Eibar28411132233-1123
19Alavés2758142343-2023
20Huesca28312132644-1821
View full Spanish La Liga table

Top Stories