REPORT | 07/01/2018 | Alberto NavarroTwo goals from the Welshman in two minutes saw the Whites turn the game around before Celta equalised in the 82nd minute.
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After that the game sparked in to life and was played at a high intensity with three goals coming before the break. Wass made it 1-0 in the 33rd minute after beating Keylor Navas with a well-executed chip. The visitors' response was immediate, a goal was imminent, and in just five minutes the Whites had turned the match around thanks to the excellent Gareth Bale.
Bale’s two-minute brace
The equaliser came thanks to a great pass from Toni Kroos. The German received the ball in midfield, left his marker behind with a beautiful move before threading the pass through to Bale, who slotted the ball home with a classy finish. Celta hardly had time to react before the Welshman got his second. This time it was Isco who played him in just two minutes after getting his first and Bale finished with precision. The British attacker couldn’t have wished for a better start to the year.
It would have been a big ask for the sides to keep up the high-octane football served up in the final stages of the first period and the second half got off to a more subdued start. The first chance after the interval came in the 57th minute and it went Real Madrid's way as the visitors caught Celta out with a quick free-kick, only for Isco to send his left-footed effort over the bar. Four minutes later, the home side came close, with Jonny's rasping strike from the edge of the area flying just inches over the bar.
Keylor Navas penalty save
From that point on the tempo of the game shot up and Celta had a golden chance to have restored parity in the 71st minute. Iago Aspas fell to the floor inside the box and the referee pointed to the spot but Keylor Navas produced a diving save to palm his spot-kick away. The scoreline remain unchanged with just under 20 minutes remaining as the home faithful willed their side on.
The teams were back on level terms in the 82nd minute. Daniel Wass sat the ball up from the right and Maxi Gómez emphatically nodded home from inside the six-yard box. Both of the teams could have gone on to take the spoils and Real Madrid came close to doing so in the 89th minute. A sublime through ball from Casemiro found Lucas Vázquez, who had earlier come on in place of Isco, but the winger was denied by Rubén from point-blank range. No further goals were forthcoming and it ended honours even at Balaídos.