Real Madrid Vs. Celta Vigo Result and What We Learned



<div _ngcontent-c17 = "" innerhtml = "

With Barcelona tied on points with Real Madrid after their hard 2-1 victory over Getafe, third, it was imperative that Los Blancos accumulate three points on Sunday against Celta Vigo.

An entertaining game which was not without incident should have seen Zinedine Zidane come home easily after his return from Celta's first game.

However, the equalization of Santi Mina in the 85th minute saw the points split and Real finished the weekend just one point ahead of the Catalans.

Indeed, the way Celta has brought the game to its most famous opponents will surely give hope to all future visitors to the Santiago Bernabeu, with Barcelona next door for El Clasico in a fortnight.

Real Madrid 2 (Kroos, Ramos) Celta Vigo 2 (Smolov, Mina)

Ramos again sets an example

Say what you like about Sergio Ramos, but Real play better when their captain is there.

He is not everyone's cup of tea and his disciplinary record leaves much to be desired, but it is a dying breed.

A warrior who loves the cutting and thrust of battle, his cooly penalty put the hosts in the lead for the first time in the game, after an earlier goal was ruled out for offside.

Even when Real fell behind, Ramos never hid and continued to lead by example. Front and center.

Exactly what you expect from your captain.

Celta's goals reveal Real's defensive weaknesses

If there is one thing that is almost guaranteed under Zidane, it is that the opposition parties will always have chances.

The conversion of the same, or the lack of more in focus this season, is largely a reason why Real finds itself at the top of the table.

When the opponents were able to break the lines, the defenders invariably returned or Thibaut Courtois was in world class form to save his camp.

What Fyodor Smolov's opener for Celta told us is that Real's defense can always be cut at will, and if the pass is precise enough, there isn't much – thing to do to defend against him.

Iago Aspas' Messi-esque pass was fairly straightforward between the two central defenders, and Smolov was aware of the possibilities of going home.

With five minutes to go, Denis Suarez played another ball to the heart of Los Blancos' back line, and again they were knocked over their heels as Santi Mina flew to pull a late equalizer home.

It was a well taken finish yes, but another fairly simple configuration.

Barcelona's No. 10 will lick their lips.

Pretty decent Hazard comeback

All the pre-match speeches focused on the return of Eden Hazard after more than 80 days of absence.

Although he was not on the scoresheet, his movement and pace showed that Zidane was right to reintroduce him now.

He adds something completely different to Real's front line, and they look more dangerous and incisive with him sitting alongside Karim Benzema.

The Belgian now has more than a week to regain his clarity before Manchester City and Barcelona come to town.

">

With Barcelona tied on points with Real Madrid after their hard 2-1 victory over Getafe, third, it was imperative that Los Blancos accumulate three points on Sunday against Celta Vigo.

An entertaining game which was not without incident should have seen Zinedine Zidane come home easily after his return from Celta's first game.

However, the equalization of Santi Mina in the 85th minute saw the points split and Real finished the weekend just one point ahead of the Catalans.

Indeed, the way Celta has brought the game to its most famous opponents will surely give hope to all future visitors to the Santiago Bernabeu, with Barcelona next door for El Clasico in a fortnight.

Real Madrid 2 (Kroos, Ramos) Celta Vigo 2 (Smolov, Mina)

Ramos again sets an example

Say what you like about Sergio Ramos, but Real play better when their captain is there.

He is not everyone's cup of tea and his disciplinary record leaves much to be desired, but it is a dying breed.

A warrior who loves the cutting and thrust of battle, his cooly penalty put the hosts in the lead for the first time in the game, after an earlier goal was ruled out for offside.

Even when Real fell behind, Ramos never hid and continued to lead by example. Front and center.

Exactly what you expect from your captain.

Celta's goals reveal Real's defensive weaknesses

If there is one thing that is almost guaranteed under Zidane, it is that the opposition parties will always have chances.

The conversion of the same, or the lack of more in focus this season, is largely a reason why Real finds itself at the top of the table.

When the opponents were able to break the lines, the defenders invariably returned or Thibaut Courtois was in world class form to save his camp.

What Fyodor Smolov said for Celta is that Real's defense can always be cut at will, and if the pass is precise enough, there is not much that can be done to defend against him.

Iago Aspas' Messi-esque pass was fairly straightforward between the two central defenders, and Smolov was aware of the possibilities of going home.

With five minutes to go, Denis Suarez played another ball to the heart of Los Blancos' back line, and again they were knocked over their heels as Santi Mina flew to pull a late equalizer home.

It was a well taken finish yes, but another fairly simple configuration.

Barcelona's No. 10 will lick their lips.

Pretty decent Hazard comeback

All the pre-match speeches focused on the return of Eden Hazard after more than 80 days of absence.

Although he was not on the scoresheet, his movement and pace showed that Zidane was right to reintroduce him now.

He adds something completely different to the front line of Real, and they look more dangerous and incisive with him sitting alongside Karim Benzema.

The Belgian now has more than a week to regain his clarity before Manchester City and Barcelona come to town.

.