Watch: Karim Benzema puts Real Madrid into the lead at Celta Vigo

Real Madrid travelled to Galicia this afternoon in the hope of building upon the positive momentum they’ve generated recently. Los Blancos faced Celta Vigo, who had the carrot of climbing as high as eighth in the league table if they could secure victory.

Madrid came into the game on the high of having comprehensively dismantled the much-fancied Atalanta in the last 16 of the Champions League, setting up a quarter-final tie with Liverpool, who they faced in the 2018 final. Pulling off an away win would see them leap-frog Barcelona and apply real pressure to faltering league leaders Atletico Madrid.

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema skippered Madrid in the absence of Sergio Ramos. The Frenchman is in serious form, scoring a late double last weekend against Elche at Valdebebas to secure Madrid’s third victory in their last five. Both Barcelona and Atletico play tomorrow evening, so Zinedine Zidane’s men had a real chance to put pressure on their two title rivals.

They certainly started well, pinning their hosts back and opening the scoring in the 20th minute through Benzema, who scored in his sixth consecutive game to fire his team into a potentially pivotal lead with an absolutely lethal finish.

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