Madrid (AFP) – Real Madrid jumped to the top of La Liga on Saturday, beating informal Celta Vigo 2-0.
Lucas Vazquez headed for a cross from Marco Asensio in the 6th minute. It was only a minute after Real’s centerback Nacho missed Celta striker Iago Aspas’ shot off the line.
Vazquez regained his favor in the 53rd minute, placing a diagonal ball on Asensio’s pass and confusing the defense. Asensio hit the shoot into the roof of the net.
Real rebounded from a draw with Elche, who was promoted on Wednesday, and cleared one point at the top of the table, but second-placed Atletico Madrid had three less games and could regain the lead by playing against Arabes on Sunday.
Celta was the first defeat since Eduardo Kode took over as manager on November 12. Seven undefeated games, which went up to 8th place on the table from the relegation zone, have been completed.
After winning Real Madrid, Zinedine Zidane took off Asensio, Luka Modric, Dani Carvajal, Toni Kroos and finally captain Karim Benzema to recover from injury, Eden Hazard and Federico Valverde. And he brought in a young man, Martin Ødegaard. And Binniesius Jr.
Sevilla, who may have risen to third place before, were lucky enough to escape with a one-on-one draw to their neighbor Betis.
Suso started scoring Sevilla in the 48th minute.
Sergio Canales scored a penalty kick in the 53rd minute.
When the home team won another spot kick in the 75th minute, Nabil Fekir took it, but Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou saved it. France national team Fekir has not managed goals or assists for three months.
Sevilla fell to fifth place behind Villarreal, who beat Levante 2-1.
– Soccer Sports
Real Madrid defeat Celta to take the lead in La Liga
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