REPORT | 18/01/2017 | Alberto NavarroMarcelo struck Real Madrid's goal and the Whites will now play for a place in the Copa del Rey semi-finals in Vigo.
- Copa del Rey
- Quarter Final (First Leg)
These two openings both went the way of the hosts. A fine piece of play from Sergio Ramos saw the captain send in a cross from the left which found its way to the penalty spot, where Cristiano Ronaldo's volleyed effort didn't end up in the back of the net only courtesy of Jonny's clearance off the line. Next up, it was Casemiro who came close to breaking the deadlock six minutes later, but his effort from distance curled narrowly wide.
Real Madrid came out after the interval with renewed impetus in their search for an opener. The first warning shot came on 50' in the form of a Ronaldo strike from the edge of the area. The Whites were increasingly upping the pressure on the visitors' goal and eight minutes later, Álvaro Morata, who had entered the fray in place of the injury Marco Asensio on 53' came inches away from putting the home side ahead. He collected a Toni Kroos pass on the edge of the area and let fly with a left-footed strike which flew over the bar.
It looked like a Madrid opener was on its way but it was Celta who went ahead after a counter-attack was finished by Iago Aspas in the 64th minute. Everything seemed to be going against Real Madrid, but just five minutes later the Whites were back in it. A cross from Luka Modric struck a visiting defender and Marcelo turned it home on the volley. The joy was, however, short-lived. Celta retook the lead almost straight from kick-off. An Aspas pass between the lines was picked up by Jonny who beat Kiko Casilla in the one-on-one.
The equaliser didn’t materialise
In the 79th minute, Zidane brough on Karim Benzema for Danilo and the chances began to flow. Modric’s corner in the 81st minute was met by the head of Raphaël Varane, with his attempt grazing the post. Benzema had a better chance two minutes later when Morata laid the ball back with his head and Benzema shot over from around the penalty spot. The Whites fought until the end and deserved more. The tie will be decided next Wednesday at Balaídos.