Quiet, like Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti’s men brought back a nice success from their trip to the lawn of Celta Vigo (1-4), as part of the second day of the championship. Now orphaned by Casemiro, who left for Manchester United during the transfer window, they relied on the genius of Luka Modric to continue their faultless La Liga run. The Croatian, scorer and decisive passer, was the great architect of a victory which was built more on the talent of individuals. Collectively, Real Madrid is still breaking in, but there are too many certainties in this team to make it waver.
For the moment, the post-Casemiro is going well for the Merengue. However, they did not show a 100% calm face against Celta Vigo, who entered the match much better, but had the misfortune to concede a penalty too quickly. A hand from Renato Tapia on an attempt by David Alaba at the reception of a corner did not escape the vigilance of the VAR, which allowed Karim Benzema to open the scoring against the run of play (0- 1, 14e).
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Behind, it was Militao who made a hand fault in his area, offering in turn a penalty converted by Iago Aspas (1-1, 23rd). Everything had to be redone, and Celta Vigo continued to shake Real Madrid a little, without managing to bend Thibaut Courtois. Franco Cervi (33rd) and Gonçalo Paciencia (35th) had chances to score, except that the frame slipped away.
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Modric took care of everything
If Celta Vigo failed to show enough success, it was quite the opposite for Madrid, often clinical when it comes to being decisive in the area of truth. As proof, Luka Modric allowed himself to restore the advantage to his team just before the break, with a clear shot from outside the area, his specialty (1-2, 42nd). The timing was ideal for Real, who made the break a few minutes after returning from the locker room.
Perfectly launched by Modric, again him, Vinicius eliminated the opposing goalkeeper with a clever dribble to add his name to the scoreboard (1-3, 56th). Fearsome on the counter, the Merengue definitively sealed the fate of the meeting thanks to Federico Valverde, who took advantage of a slip from Benzema on a lag from Vinicius (1-4, 66th).
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The addition could even have been a little more full-bodied if Eden Hazard, replacing at kick-off, had had the good idea to convert a second penalty awarded to Real Madrid, after a foul on Karim Benzema on yet another good transition phase. managed (87th). The Belgian’s ordeal continues in the Spanish capital, but it is only a small shadow that will not tarnish the beautiful dynamics of the reigning European champion. Real Madrid had not recorded two victories to start La Liga since the 2018/2019 season, a paradox that has never prevented them from stacking up the titles.
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