Real Madrid exhibited this Saturday its excellent state of grace after its overwhelming victory against Celta by 4-1 in Vigoon matchday two of La Liga, despite the recent departure of Brazilian midfielder Casemiro to Manchester United.
The ‘white’ club went ahead through the Frenchman Karim Benzema from a penalty (14), that ended up being counteracted by another from Iago Aspas (23), also from the maximum penalty.
When it seemed that Real Madrid was suffering, Croatian Luka Modric emerged with a splendid shot with his right hand that put the madridistas ahead again (42) shortly before the break.
After the restart, the pupils of the Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti crouched down after the incursions of the Vigo players and they took advantage of a local error to launch an attack that allowed a goal from the Brazilian Vinícius Júnior (56), on the counterattack, as the player likes, before the Uruguayan Federico Valverde finished off the night with the fourth goal after a perfect counterattack of Frenchman Aurelien Tchouameni after stealing the ball.
– Ovation for Modric –
The spectators of the Balaídos stadium rose to applaud Modric, who left the field in the 77th minute game, after being replaced by Dani Ceballos.
“It’s something very special, really when fans from other teams recognize you, they applaud you, of course, it’s something precious, I’m very happythank the people for this”, declared the Croatian midfielder after the final whistle.
“Very good feelings, we have played a great game, especially in the last few minutes of the first half and in the second, on a very difficult field, against a rival that always costs us, but today we have been forceful”, underlined Modric.
The entity ‘merengue’ failed a clear opportunity to get the little hand, but the Belgian attacker Eden Hazard is still jinxed. Argentine goalkeeper Agustín Marchesín avoided further disgrace in front of his fans by saving a penalty shot by Hazard that Benzema almost materialized after the rebound to get a brace.
Given the imposing madridista superiority, the rival team pressed even in the area of the Marchesín goalkeeper, thanks to the tranquility that gave the enormous advantage on the scoreboard. The Madridista chances did not stop occurring.
“With every mistake we have had, they have annihilated us. It happened to us last season at the Bernabéu when we were winning 1-2, that came back after two failures. It is a team that does not need to feel that it is dominating the game and every time the mess comes”, Aspas said at the end of the match.
– Casemiro replacement –
Tchouaméni also had a great game in midfield, making Casemiro’s departure to Manchester be forgotten for a transfer of 70 million euros (70.2 million dollars) and 11 million euros (11.04 million dollars)
The Monegasque Frenchman joined the Madrid squad from Monaco also for a similar amount, 80 million euros (80.3 million euros).
With this victory, Real Madrid leads LaLiga along with Betis and Osasuna. Both the Betis team and the Pamplona team won their respective games this Saturday against Mallorca (12th) and Cádiz (18th).
Betis prevailed in the field of the Balearic team thanks to a double from the maximum penalty by Borja Iglesias (9, 73), despite the fact that the Kosovar Vedat Muriqui put the tables to one (56) in the clash.
Osasuna easily beat Cádiz thanks to goals from Argentine Ezequiel ‘Chimy’ Ávila (37) and Kike García (79), both from penalties.
Atlético de Madrid (5th) will host Villarreal (6th) on Sunday, in a duel in which both play to follow in the wake of Real Madrid.
For its part, Barcelona (10th) will travel to San Sebastián to face Real Sociedad (7th) with the aim of achieving his first three league points.