Luka Modric stunner helps Real Madrid to 4-1 win over Celta Vigo
Real Madrid won easily 4-1 against Celta Vigo on Saturday thanks to a goal from Luka Modric, giving the defending LaLiga champions a perfect 2-0 record to open the new campaign.
Karim Benzema and Iago Aspas' early penalty-shot goals for the two clubs, which they traded, gave Modric control. With an incredible curling shot from 20 yards three minutes before halftime, the 36-year-old handed Madrid the important advantage going into the break.
In order to seal the three points, Madrid then scored twice on the counterattack in the second half through Vinicius Jr. and Federico Valverde. The visitors' victory might have been even more resounding, but replacement Eden Hazard, who was kindly handed the task by Benzema, had a late penalty saved.
"We are content. We performed well "Afterward, Carlo Ancelotti, manager of Real Madrid, stated. "Players who are new to the team and haven't played much had strong individual performances. Both Camavinga and Tchouameni performed admirably.
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"The fact that some of our players can play many positions benefits the club. There is no doubt in my mind that the team we have is a pretty excellent one."
Madrid was in a true struggle with their opponents prior to Modric's intervention, much as they were in their close 2-1 victory against Almeria in their LaLiga debut a week ago.
Ancelotti began the team's first game without Casemiro, who was set to join Manchester United, by starting Aurelien Tchouameni in a midfield three with Modric and Eduardo Camavinga.
Tchouameni also played a crucial role early on. Prior to Renato Tapia of Celta Vigo cleanly blocking the defender's effort, the summer signing's header put David Alaba in front of goal. Even though the referee didn't witness it in real time, pointing to the penalty spot was an easy choice following a VAR assessment.
With 14 minutes remaining, Benzema misdirected Celta goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin to score his first goal of the year.
However, the scores were tied less than ten minutes later. This time, Goncalo Paciencia's header was blocked by Eder Militao because his arm was in the wrong position at the wrong moment, making it easy for the referee to call a penalty. Aspas followed Benzema's example and scored from the penalty spot with authority.
However, the game will be best remembered for Modric's goal. The Croatian displayed his undying skill by sliding past a tackle and putting the ball into the top corner of the goal with ease.
"He is eternal. Luka always plays well and is prepared and ready to go." Modric was added by Ancelotti. "His goal altered the course of the contest. The game was close up until the score, and Celta applied good pressure, making it difficult for us to maintain possession. They lost focus in the second half, and we were able to move the ball out efficiently from the back and make beautiful transitions."
At the beginning of the second half, Paciencia nearly equalised for Celta with a low shot across goal. But the game was virtually over when Modric found Vinicius open in the centre, who then around the goalkeeper before scoring.
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