Real Madrid 2-0 Celta Vigo: Contract rebel Marco Asensio and Diego Militao on target in routine win for Carlo Ancelotti’s men…but Real still trail Barcelona by eight points at the top of LaLiga
- Marco Asencio and Eder Militao on target as Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo
- Asensio scored his 11th goal of the campaign but is yet to sign new deal at club
- Carlo Ancelotti’s men are still eight points off Barcelona at the top of LaLiga
Marco Asensio still hasn’t signed a new contract at Real Madrid but he is doing his best to leave the club with no choice at the end of the season.
He scored his 11th goal of the campaign, his eighth in La Liga, to send Real Madrid on their way to a 2-0 win which will leave Barcelona nervously looking over their shoulder if they do not get a win on Sunday against Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid took the lead just before the end of the first half and it was Aseniso who got the goal. Eduardo Camavinga won the ball back and Dani Ceballos sent Vinicius away down the left. The Brazilian crossed and Asensio swept it home.
Three minutes into the second half it was two and Asensio was involved again. This was also a reminder of what Manchester City will be spared in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final.
Asensio’s corner was good but the way Eder Militao climbed to power a header past Ivan Villar was worthy of Sergio Ramos the player he has so comfortably replaced at Real Madrid.
Marco Asensio opens the scoring in Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday evening
Eder Militao headed in a second to seal the game for Carlo Ancelotti’s men at the Bernabeu
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Courtois, Militao, Nacho, Rudiger, Camavinga, Ceballos (Modric 81), Asensio (Vazquez 78), Tchouameni, Valverde, Vinicius Jr (Rodrygo 81), Benzema.
Subs: Lunin, Lopez, Carvajal, Vallejo, Hazard, Kroos, Cdriozola, Mariano.
Goals: Asensio 41, Militao 48
Celta Vigo (4-4-2): Villar, Galan (Swedberg 73), Nunez, Tapia, Vazquez (Medrano 78), De la Torre, Veiga (Paciencia 63), Beltran, Solari, Iago Aspas, Seferovic (Rodriguez 63)
Subs: Balea, Sanchez, Dominguez, Oscar, Cervi, Strand Larsen
Booked: Vazquez, Galan
Camavinga then sent Vinicius down the left and from his cross Karim Benzema sent a header straight at Villar.
Madrid were dominant against a disappointing Celta who had the highly rated Gabri Veiga in midfield. The 20-year-old has impressed everyone this season but he was quiet for an hour at the Bernabeu and taken off once his team went 2-0 down.
Carlo Ancelotti held no one back with his team selection and Benzema and Vinicius were at full throttle despite Madrid’s title challenge being largely out of their hands.
Asensio went off with 15 minutes left and the ovation was huge. The Madrid supporters want him to stay beyond the summer.
They want Ceballos to sign a new deal too. And they are delighted with Camavinga at left back.
The Frenchman wants to play in his normal midfield position but he is filling in so well at full-back that he might just have to stay there.
Celta Vigo almost got a late goal but Iago Aspas was denied by Thibaut Courtois who spread himself at his near post to make the block.
Real Madrid are now eight points behind Barcelona with eight games left although Barça are yet to play this weekend and can open up the gap at the top once more if they beat Diego Simeone’s side on Sunday.
Carlo Anelotti’s team are still eight points behind leaders Barcelona at the top of LaLiga
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