Real Madrid 5-2 Celta Vigo: Karim Benzema scores a hat-trick and 18-year-old Eduardo Camavinga finds it just six minutes after his debut, while Carlo Ancelotti’s victory is secured
- Karim Benzema scored a hat-trick as Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo in LaLiga 5-2 at home
- Santi Mina and Franco Cervi scored for Celta, but Benzema equalized both times for Real
- Vinicius Junior then put Real ahead before Eduardo Camavinga scored the fourth goal of the game.
- Benzema scored a penalty in the final phase and Real continued their unbeaten start in the competition
After an absence of 560 days, Real Madrid returned to the Santiago Bernabeu and threw a party at Celta Vigo’s expense. Karim Benzema led the way with a hat trick.
Vinicius scored their third goal and celebrated with some crowdsurfing. And new kid Eduardo Camavinga scored on his debut after a driving run and shot by Luka Modric.
Celta played their part with a two-goal lead in the first half, but Carlo Ancelotti’s team was too much for them.
The night started with a somber tribute to all those associated with the club, including former president Lorenzo Sainz, who lost his life to Covid. When football began, Madrid football was a fitting tribute to the hugely respected former president.
The Celta Vigo chairman had the opportunity to be turned down at the stadium. Carlos Mouriño has chosen not to take his place alongside Florentino Perez because he believes Real Madrid have wiped 12-year-old starlet Bryan Bugarin from his club.
Mouriño missed his team taking the lead after just four minutes with Santi Mina scoring after Miguel Gutierrez gave the ball away and Nacho’s indecision and Casemiro’s rashness meant the attacker had the time and space to blast past Thibaut Courtois.
Madrid leveled and who else but Benzema to get back the first Madrid goal in the told stadium. He shot past Matias Dituro from a Fede Valverde cross. But while it was little more than Madrid’s football deserved in the first half, they were again behind before half-time when Nacho made another mistake and Cervi hid the chance to send Celta ahead at half-time.
Madrid stood 40 seconds into the second half. Miguel Gutierrez drove a cross from the right and Benzmea headed past Dituro. The pass was accurate but lacked speed and yet the French attacker put in the power to equalize Madrid.
Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Miguel, Valverde, Modric, Casemiro, Vinicius Junior, Hazard, Benzema
Celta Vigo: Dituro, Mallo, Araujo, Murillo, Galan, Tapia, Mendez, Suarez, Cervi, Aspas, Mina
At 54 minutes came the moment of the game and of Real Madrid’s season so far. Fans are finally back in the stadiums in Spain and no one has made the most of it like Vinicius diving into cheering supporters after his cool finish past Dituro of Benzema’s perfect ball over the top.
Courtois immediately had to make a double save from Iago Aspas and Augusto Solari when Celta noticed how vulnerable the home side’s defenses were. But with livewire Vinicius on the other side, Madrid seemed to have more goals in them. Nestor Araujo was shown a yellow card for trying to block the Brazilian’s point.
And after a miscarriage in the back, it was Vinicius who had his shot saved by Dituro.
Camavinga was now up for Eden Hazard and he followed Modric’s attempt to score the fourth.
Madrid still have defensive problems, but with Vinicius unplayable, they have more than enough goals for it to matter. The crowd chanted his name as he was shot down in the area. Benzema stepped up to score the penalty and complete his hat-trick and defeat.