20 Mar Benzema brace leads Actual Madrid previous Celta as Blancos captain continues purple patch with 9/10 efficiency
Karim Benzema scored two targets and created one other as Actual Madrid beat Celta Vigo 3-1 on Saturday to go second in La Liga forward of Barcelona and put extra strain on leaders Atletico Madrid.
Benzema opened the scoring with a cool end from simply contained in the field after Toni Kroos had unlocked the Celta defence. The French striker then went near making a second, firing in a cross that bounced off Vinicius Junior’s chest and over the bar, earlier than scoring once more himself. Once more, Kroos was the supplier, after profitable the ball again in a harmful place.
Celta pulled a aim again by means of Santi Mina’s header, and went on to enhance after half-time, Iago Aspas forcing a save from Thibaut Courtois. Benzema noticed a late shot saved after Nestor Araujo gifted him the ball, after which Aspas hit the publish with a free kick, earlier than substitute Marco Asensio ended the competition in stoppage time.
Benzema is within the type of his life, with eight targets in his previous six video games in all competitions, and 17 for this La Liga season. It is simply as effectively, as a result of apart from the Frenchman, there aren’t sufficient common aim scorers on this Actual Madrid team. Madridistas will probably be hoping Benzema’s run continues past the worldwide break and into per week that may see the team face each Barca and Liverpool in fast succession.
Madrid’s final loss at Balaidos noticed them say goodbye to their title hopes in 2014, leaving Barca and Atletico to battle it out. Benzema’s early brace put to mattress any actual worries of the same end result right here. The Madrid press on the morning of the sport urged the team to duplicate the tip of 2019-20 season run that noticed them win 10 video games in a row. In all probability, that is what will probably be required to leapfrog Barca and Atleti this time — and this was a begin.
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Having gone two targets forward inside half an hour, coach Zinedine Zidane could have been disillusioned to see the team concede Mina’s header not lengthy afterward, to maintain a match alive that actually ought to have been put to mattress. The defending for that set piece was woeful. In such conditions, the absence of Sergio Ramos and his defensive organisation would not assist.
The second-half show was regarding general, as Celta shrugged off the midfield stranglehold that Kroos and Luka Modric had imposed on the sport and created a rising variety of possibilities. Finally, although, Madrid managed to carry on and safe the win, and that is what they will select to focus on.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
7 — Zidane went for an additional midfielder within the form of Federico Valverde for this away sport in opposition to footballing facet in Eduardo Coudet’s Celta, leaving Asensio and Rodrygo on the bench. The team began effectively, and the primary half hour was probably the greatest spells we have seen from Madrid this season. The sport drifted away from them, although, and when Celta improved after half-time Zidane solely made one change, an odd one on its face, bringing on Asensio for Kroos.
Participant scores (1-10; 10 = finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Thibaut Courtois, 7 — Innocent for Celta’s aim. One good second-half save from Aspas, diving low to his left. In any other case had little to do.
DF Lucas Vazquez, 6 — His tempo and crossing skill normally give Madrid an outlet on the suitable, however right here Vazquez could not get ahead as a lot as he’d like.
DF Raphael Varane, 6 — Led the defence because it got here underneath rising strain because the match went on.
DF Nacho, 7 — Discovered it laborious going however dug deep in opposition to the combative Mina and proficient Aspas. Introduced an finish to a promising second-half Celta break, bringing down Aspas with a careless problem that rightly noticed him booked.
DF Ferland Mendy, 6 — Saved busy by Brais Mendez, and later by Augusto Solari, who beat him with one intelligent back-heel.
MF Casemiro, 7 — Again from his midweek suspension. His most necessary intervention noticed him head Aspas’ harmful late free kick onto the publish, when it was headed for the again of the web.
MF Toni Kroos, 8 — Picked up one other two assists. A marvellous piece of fast footwork created Madrid’s first aim, and fast pondering noticed him win the ball for the second. Booked for a shirt pull on Aspas. Surprisingly taken off early.
MF Luka Modric, 6 — Not at his imperial finest, Modric seems to be like he wants a relaxation. A shot effectively over the bar within the second half summed up his afternoon. Unfortunate to be booked for a supposed late foul on Renato Tapia.
MF Federico Valverde, 6 — Performed extensive proper, picked for his fixed operating and talent to win the ball excessive up the pitch. Arrange Vinicius for a second-half likelihood and later had a shot blocked himself. Hasn’t received going this season since getting back from harm.
FW Vinicius Junior, 7 — Had his finest sport of the season in opposition to Atalanta and had his moments right here too. Used his tempo to beat keeper Ivan Villar to an early cross-field ball. Might have scored along with his chest after that, and threatened within the second half too.
FW Karim Benzema, 9 — Six video games in a row scoring, equalling his best-ever run. His opener was a sensational strike made to look straightforward and the second wasn’t far behind. Solely Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul Gonzalez and Alfredo di Stefano have now scored extra league targets for the membership.
FW Marco Asensio, N/R — Changed Kroos for the final 20 minutes, because the team got here underneath strain, and grabbed one other aim off the bench, simply as he did in midweek.