Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo: Final score 3-0, Benzema and Ronaldo push Los Blancos to victory

Denis Doyle

Real Madrid saw off a tough challenge from Celta Vigo, wearing them down late and take three points thanks to goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite controlling possession for most of the match it took late goals from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid get their heads out in front of a stubborn Celta Vigo side.

Celta Vigo nearly opened the scoring in the 6th minute after a giveaway in the midfield let Charles break free against Diego López. The Madrid goalkeeper made a magnificent save to push the ball wide into the side netting, forcing a corner which Celta wasted.

For the remainder of the first half and over 20 minutes of the second half Real Madrid were denied and frustrated by Celta. Finally in the 67th minute Real Madrid's fairly consistent pressure paid off with the opening goal.

Jesé Rodriguez, dribbling on the left side of the Celta Vigo box, decided not to shoot and instead threaded a pass to the foot of Karim Benzema who was surrounded by three defenders. The striker managed to get a boot on the ball, sending it past Yoel and inside the far post to give Madrid a 1-0 lead.

Madrid put the match away in the 83rd minute when Dani Carvajal's rolling cross from the right wing eluded Yoel and found Ronaldo for a sliding finish near the far post. The goal moved Ronaldo to fourth on Madrid's all-time La Liga goal scoring list.

Ronaldo added a second in stoppage time, finishing off a pass from Gareth Bale to take over the top spot on the league scoring list at 20.

Real Madrid: López, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Alonso (Illarramendi 45'), Modrić, Isco (Jesé 62'), Di María (Bale 65'), Ronaldo, Benzema

Goals: Benzema (67'), Ronaldo (83', 93')

Celta Vigo: Yoel; Mallo, Cabral, D.Costas, Jonny, Augusto (Nolito 69'), Oubiña, Álex López (Krohn-Dehli 60') Rafinha, Charles (Santi Mina 77'), Orellana

Goals: None

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