- The referee awarded three penalties in favor of Real Madrid and annulled a goal against Celta after being warned by the VAR
- Benzema’s double, the two penalties, and Nolito scored for Celta
Real Madrid suffered tremendously to beat Celta at Balaldos. A triumph that reaffirms him in the league leadership and puts aside the debacle of the Clásico for a bit. Of course, it was a victory marked by arbitration controversy with three penalties awarded in favor of Real Madrid and a goal disallowed against Celta, which was 1-1. in which the intervention of the VAR was decisive. Four decisive actions led to a very important victory for the Whites.
Real Madrid went to Balaldos with their usual ‘pajara’ this season. Come on, he didn’t know that the game had started against Celta who, with touch, fast and vertical football, were dominating a Real Madrid supported, for a change, by Courtois. The Galician team ruled but did not score, while Madrid trusted everything against them. That’s how the game was when in the 18th minute, Nolito committed the first penalty of the afternoon in favor of Real Madrid. A silly penalty on Militao, one of those strikers take when defending.
The protests of Nolito, his teammates, and the Celtiña bench were of no use because the penalty was launched and Benzema scored it in the 19th minute. That 0-1 changed the panorama of the match. It gave confidence to the whites who began to have the ball and that ‘killed’ a Celta who no longer reached Courtois’s goal that much. despite that, he kept saving his team. That’s how the match was until the 40th minute when Celta equalized with Galhardo’s shot that Courtois stopped, hit the post, and ended up going into the goal. A goal that did not go up on the scoreboard because Aspas, who accompanied the trajectory of the ball, was offside and, in the opinion of the VAR and the referee, bothered Alaba when it came to avoiding the goal. Total outrage at Celta and relief at Real Madrid that came with that 0-1 at halftime.
Celta came out in the second half with everything for the tie and achieved it in the 52nd minute thanks to Nolito who finished off a great play by the local attack. It was Real Madrid’s turn to start again against Celta who went to complete the comeback. The whites were having a hard time, but in the 63rd minute, another penalty, this time from Murillo over Rodrygo, gave them oxygen. Or so it seemed because Diluro stopped Benzema’s shot. Total ecstasy in Balaídos who saw that Celta’s victory was possible. An ecstasy that turned into anger when seeing how the referee signaled a new penalty in favor of Real Madrid. This time, on Mendy, Benzema did not fail and put the 1-2 on the scoreboard in the 69th minute. Celtiña’s anger was absolute due to the referee’s decisions and he went on to mess around in the stands asking for a penalty every time Real Madrid was in the local area.
Celta did not lower their arms at any time and gave everything looking for the equalizer. He squeezed a Real Madrid incapable of having the ball to stop the local team’s offensive desires. A Celta that locked up Real Madrid in his area, but it was of no use because the whites took a long-suffering victory and that reaffirms him in the league leadership