Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid Live: Real Madrid go 12 points clear at the top as Karim Benzema scores a brace after Real Madrid were awarded three penalties against Celta

Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid Live: Karim Benzema scores a brace – Emerging victorious from a curious game packed with penalty drama,…

Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid Live: Real Madrid go 12 points clear at the top as Karim Benzema scores a brace after Real Madrid were awarded three penalties against Celta
Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid Live: Real Madrid go 12 points clear at the top as Karim Benzema scores a brace after Real Madrid were awarded three penalties against Celta

Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid Live: Karim Benzema scores a brace – Emerging victorious from a curious game packed with penalty drama, Madrid take one step closer to regaining the title – albeit a touch fortuitously. Celta really should have scored more than their solitary second-half strike, and it is a rare occasion indeed when any team is presented with three opportunities from the spot. Following the disappointment of El Clasico, though, any win will do for Los Blancos, who are now 12 points clear at the summit. Follow Live La Liga news, updates only on InsideSport.IN

Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid Live: Real Madrid go 12 points clear at the top as Karim Benzema scores a brace after Real Madrid were awarded three penalties against Celta

Ancelotti and company can now turn their focus towards a tantalising Champions League quarter-final clash with Chelsea next week, as the 13-times European champions seek to find their way past the holders and reach the final four. Meanwhile, Celta visit Espanyol next Sunday, still in search of an end to their worrying decline in form.

Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid Live: Real Madrid go 12 points clear at the top

Karim Benzema scored two penalties, and missed one, as Real Madrid survived a scare at Celta Vigo to extend their lead at the top of LaLiga to 12 points. VAR appeared to have it out for the hosts at the Balaídos this evening with the technology playing a part in Real Madrid being awarded a penalty in the 19th minute.

Nolito was at fault taking out Éder Militão which allowed Karim Benzema the opportunity to dispatch the spot-kick and pick up his 24th league goal of the season. Celta had started brightly before that and Iago Aspas thought he had equalised immediately with a free-kick but was denied by a stunning save by Thibaut Courtois.

Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid Live: Real Madrid go 12 points clear at the top as Karim Benzema scores a brace after Real Madrid were awarded three penalties against Celta
Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid Live: Real Madrid go 12 points clear at the top as Karim Benzema scores a brace after Real Madrid were awarded three penalties against Celta

Thiago Galhardo thought he had equalised four minutes before the break with a header before VAR reared it’s head again to disallow with Aspas deemed offside in the build-up. Seven minutes after the break Celta equalised – and this time it counted.

Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid Live: Karim Benzema scores a brace from the penalty spot

Javi Galan’s cross picked out the unmarked Nolito six yards from goal and he redeemed himself with a smart header to level proceedings. In the 64th minute there was a rare LaLiga sight as Benzema was given a second chance from 12 yards out after Rodrygo had been fouled in the box but this time Matías Dituro was equal to it.

Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid Live: Real Madrid go 12 points clear at the top as Karim Benzema scores a brace after Real Madrid were awarded three penalties against Celta
Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid Live: Real Madrid go 12 points clear at the top as Karim Benzema scores a brace after Real Madrid were awarded three penalties against Celta

That wasn’t to matter moments later as Carlo Ancelotti’s side were awarded yet another penalty after Ferland Mendy was tripped by Kevin Vázquez. This time Benzema sent Dituro the wrong way to restore Real’s lead. Los Blancos open up a huge gap on second-placed Sevilla who travel to face Barcelona at the Camp Nou tomorrow.

Celta Vigo 1-2 Real Madrid Live: Real Madrid go 12 points clear at the top as Karim Benzema scores a brace after Real Madrid were awarded three penalties against Celta

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