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SportCelta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red

20:50  17 august  2019
20:50  17 august  2019 Source:   goal.com

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ZINEDINE ZIDANE's second spell at Real Madrid kicks off its first full season with the La Liga curtain-raiser at Celta Vigo . The Frenchman departed the hotseat at the Bernabeu after winning the Champions League for a third season running in 2018, but took less than a year to return, replacing

Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red © Getty Images Real Madrid players celebrate

Gareth Bale marked his return to the starting line-up with an impressive assist as Real Madrid survived a red card for Luka Modric to win 3-1 at Celta Vigo in their opening LaLiga fixture of the season.

The Wales star had been left out in the cold for large parts of pre-season following a collapsed move to China, but he was handed a start at Balaidos on Saturday and set up Karim Benzema for a 12th-minute opener.

Looking to capitalise on champions Barcelona's shock loss to Athletic Bilbao on Friday, Madrid added a stunning second goal through Toni Kroos, but only after Brais Mendez had a strike ruled out and Modric was shown a straight red card.

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Real Madrid 7 Celta Vigo 1 . Aspas coolly lifted his 10th league goal of the season over Keylor Navas to make it 3 - 1 , but Ronaldo then tapped in his third goal to claim his 36th hat-trick in Spanish football.

Real Madrid 2 Celta Vigo 1 . Morata (60' minutes), Kroos (81' minutes). Luka Modric hit the bar from 25 yards, before Gareth Bale 's long-range free-kick also hit the woodwork as a Real side, without the injured Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, looked to make their dominance count.

Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red © AP Gareth Bale

Zinedine Zidane started without any of his new signings, although the quality of his side's third goal - rounded off by substitute Lucas Vazquez - will offer hope of a far brighter 2019-20, despite them conceding late on through Iker Losada.

Madrid had lost back-to-back league matches at the end of last season, but they soon found their rhythm here as Bale turned his man inside out down the left and set up Benzema for a simple finish from four yards.

Celta felt there should have been a free-kick in the build-up and were further aggrieved in the final stages of the first half when Alvaro Odriozola was dispossessed by Denis Suarez and the ball fell to the feet of Iago Aspas, who was adjudged to be marginally offside when teeing up Mendez for a close-range finish.

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Gareth Bale scores twice to boost his chances of starting in the Champions League final as Real Madrid thrash Celta Vigo . Bale burst onto Luka Modric 's pass to smash home a low opener and scored a fantastic second, cutting in from the right, nutmegging Jonny Castro and shooting from a

Celta Vigo 1 Real Madrid 3 . Cabral (Dismissed at 57' minutes) Real went three points clear as their all-time leading scorer found the net in the eighth minute with a low shot. Brazilian defender Danilo made it two, before Celta 's Gustavo Cabral was sent off after 57 minutes for picking up a second

Celta's hopes of claiming a point were boosted when Modric caught Suarez on the heel and was shown a red card following a VAR review.

Nestor Araujo forced Thibaut Courtois into a point-blank save but Madrid dug deep and scored a second thanks to Kroos' stunning strike from 35 yards, a minute after Benzema's header struck the post.

Vazquez rounded off a flowing move 10 minutes from time by drilling a good finish into the bottom-left corner, although Celta at least got a consolation through Losada's precise strike from a similar spot at the other end.

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Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red
Celta Vigo 1-3 Real Madrid: Bale bags assist as visitors survive Modric red

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Madrid spent big during the close season in an attempt to bridge the gap to Barcelona, who finished 19 points clear of them last season.

Eden Hazard, Rodrygo Goes and Ferland Mendy all missed out through injury, though, while Eder Militao and Luka Jovic were named on the bench, so it was left to the old guard - not least Bale, Benzema, Kroos and Vazquez - to get the job done.

Bale makes his point

Zidane admitted on the eve of the game he was now "relying" on Bale and the forward did not disappoint on his return to the side. As well as setting up Benzema's goal with an impressive assist, he also helped out in a defensive sense.

Odriozola's blushes spared

Not helped by Courtois' pass, Odriozola was put under pressure and lost possession on the right. The offside flag came to the full-back's rescue that time, but it was generally a nervy display.

What's next?

Madrid welcome Real Valladolid to the Santiago Bernabeu next Saturday, while Celta host Valencia on the same day.

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