A sensational goal from Toni Kroos, as well as a Gareth Bale assist, helped 10-man overcome Celta Vigo in their opener.

Kroos lashed home via the underside of the crossbar after Karim Benzema had given the visitors an early lead from Bale’s cross.

Luka Modric was dismissed early in the second half, but Lucas Vazquez extended Real’s lead with 10 minutes remaining.

Iker Losada netted a consolation for the hosts in second-half stoppage time.

Bale was a surprise starter at the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos after being linked with a move away from the club this summer.

The Welshman was heavily involved in the game’s opening goal, escaping the attentions of his marker before teeing up Benzema with a pin-point cross.

Celta responded well and thought they had equalised on the stroke of half-time, but Brais Mendez’s effort was disallowed for offside by the video assistant referee.

Kroos’ stunning 25-yard effort doubled Real’s lead, but the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Modric was dismissed – following another VAR check – for a late challenge on former loanee Denis Suarez.

Vazquez finished off a flowing team move to make it 3-0, before second-half substitute Losada beat Thibaut Courtois with a fierce shot into the bottom corner.

champions lost their opening league game of the season on Friday, going down 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao.

Line-ups

Celta Vigo

  • 13BlancoBooked at 12mins
  • 20VázquezBooked at 7mins
  • 3CostasBooked at 74mins
  • 4Araújo
  • 15Olaza
  • 14LobotkaSubstituted forSistoat 75′minutes
  • 8BeltránSubstituted forDiop Gueyeat 83′minutes
  • 23Méndez
  • 6D Suárez
  • 19FernándezBooked at 49minsSubstituted forLosadaat 88′minutes
  • 10Iago AspasBooked at 12mins

Substitutes

  • 11Sisto
  • 16Sáenz
  • 18Aidoo
  • 24Diop Gueye
  • 25Villar
  • 28Bermejo
  • 36Losada

  • 13Courtois
  • 19OdriozolaBooked at 64mins
  • 5Varane
  • 4Ramos
  • 12Marcelo
  • 10ModricBooked at 56mins
  • 14Casemiro
  • 8Kroos
  • 11BaleSubstituted forIscoat 75′minutes
  • 9BenzemaSubstituted forJovicat 81′minutes
  • 28Vinícius JúniorBooked at 36minsSubstituted forVázquezat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Navas
  • 3Militão
  • 6Nacho
  • 16Rodríguez
  • 17Vázquez
  • 18Jovic
  • 22Isco
Referee:
Javier Estrada Fernández
Attendance:
23,566

Match Stats

Home TeamCelta VigoAway Team
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home7
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away11
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celta de Vigo 1, 3.

Offside, Celta de Vigo. Pione Sisto tries a through ball, but Iago Aspas is caught offside.

Foul by Pape Cheikh (Celta de Vigo).

Toni Kroos () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Celta de Vigo 1, 3. Iker Losada (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pape Cheikh following a fast break.

Attempt blocked. Álvaro Odriozola () left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Marcelo.

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Raphael Varane.

Attempt blocked. Luka Jovic () header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Casemiro with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Iker Losada replaces Gabriel Fernández.

Foul by Brais Méndez (Celta de Vigo).

Sergio Ramos () wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt saved. Isco () right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt blocked. Isco () right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Pape Cheikh (Celta de Vigo).

Isco () wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pape Cheikh (Celta de Vigo).

Isco () wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt saved. Marcelo () left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Isco.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Pape Cheikh replaces Fran Beltrán.

Offside, Celta de Vigo. Denis Suárez tries a through ball, but Iago Aspas is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, . Luka Jovic replaces Karim Benzema.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury Néstor Araújo (Celta de Vigo).

Goal!

Goal! Celta de Vigo 0, 3. Lucas Vázquez () right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Karim Benzema.

Denis Suárez (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Denis Suárez (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fran Beltrán (Celta de Vigo).

Casemiro () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Lucas Olaza (Celta de Vigo).

Attempt missed. Lucas Vázquez () right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Toni Kroos.

Substitution

Substitution, . Isco replaces Gareth Bale.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Pione Sisto replaces Stanislav Lobotka.

Booking

David Costas (Celta de Vigo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by David Costas (Celta de Vigo).

Karim Benzema () wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Iago Aspas (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Brais Méndez following a fast break.

Corner, . Conceded by Fran Beltrán.

goal

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