R.welcome al madrid Celta Vigo to the new and improved Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday evening when they want to get three points to keep up with their rivals Atletico Madrid who won earlier in the day.
Los Blancos managed a 1-0 away win Real Betis in their last league game before the international break and now hope to convince in front of their own fans on home soil. The game against Celta starts at 9:00 p.m. CEST and we’ll be reporting on how the game is set up and the game itself in this live blog.
Last score: Real Madrid 3-2 Celta Vigo
55th Minute: VINICIUS COMPLETE THE COMEBACK!
Benzema pierces Celta’s defensive line with a left-footed through pass and Vinicius keeps his nerve for a clean finish! 3-2 against Real Madrid.
The Brazilian jumps into the crowd to celebrate and receives a yellow card.
52nd Minute: Mina tests Courtois
Mina has a try from the edge of the box, but Courtois doesn’t mind.
46th Minute: BENZEMA LEVELS THE GAME AGAIN
What a start to Real Madrid’s second half. Gutierrez whips a fine ball against the back post and Benzema is there to take it past Dituro with a super headball.
Real Madrid’s defensive mistakes proved costly in the first half, the guests took advantage and led 2-1. Mina gave Celta an early lead which was overturned by Benzema, but Cervi’s close-range shot put the Galicians one goal ahead.
39th minute: Benzema types home … but it is impossible
Modric cuts a ball to Casemiro, who then nods it in the way for Benzema to simply type it in. But the offside flag is up.
Casemiro was just offside on the Croatian’s flank.
32nd Minute: CERVI LEADS CELTA BACK INTO THE LEAD
A quick escape from Celta, with a good referee advantage, culminates in Franco Cervi finding the goal for the guests. The striker initially hit the post with a cheeky swing, but the rebound kindly fell to him to knock off the rebound.
24th minute: BENZEMA DRAWS MADRID LEVEL!
Vinicius intercepts, passes the ball to Hazard, who then cuts it back on Benzema, and the Frenchman makes no mistake with a well-placed shot on the rebound. 1-1.
19.Minute: Aspas almost punishes Madrid
Carvajal is pressured to give up in the final third and Santi Mina puts in Jago Aspas, but a bad touch from the Spanish striker throws Madrid off the hook.
15th minute: Dituro hazard tests
A nice move between Vinicius and Hazard ends with the Belgian hitting goal but Dituro is ready to stop him.
14.Minute: Casemiro burns over
Benzema makes a mad run before cutting the ball back to Casemiro in the penalty area, but the Brazilian shoots the ball with his left foot over pressure from a Celta defender.
6. Minute: Dituro denies Vinicius
Modric’s free kick is watched by Vinicius and Dituro is forced into a clever save.
4th minute: Santi Mina puts Celta in the lead!
This wasn’t the start Real Madrid had hoped for. Miguel gives the ball away and Santi Mina makes no mistake with the finish in the penalty area.
21:00 CEST: We are on our way to the Bernabeu!
After 560 days, Real Madrid are back at the Bernabeu and face a tough test against Celta Vigo.
Celta Vigo’s starting XI
Eduardo Coudet has announced his starting XI for the visit to Celta Vigo in the capital.
Celta’s starting XI: Dituro, Javi Galan, Nestor Araujo, Jeison Murillo, Hugo Mallo, Renato Tapia, Denis Surez, Brais Mndez, Franco Cervi, Santi Mina, Jago Aspas
Real Madrid starting line-up
Real Madrid is without Gareth Bale, David Alaba and Luka Jovicwhat makes life a little more complicated for Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian set his starting XI on Sunday, which is as follows:
Real Madrid’s team: Polite; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Miguel; Casemiro, Valverde, Modric; Vinicius, Hazard and Benzema.
When does Real Madrid start against Celta Vigo?
Real Madrid’s return to the Bernabeu begins at 9:00 p.m. CEST kick-off local time, which is 3:00 p.m. EDT for the US Eastern coaches and 8:00 p.m. CEST for the British.