With a 2-0 victory over Celta Vigo, Real Madrid climbed to the top of the LaLiga table, thanks to goals from Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio. As early as the sixth minute, Vazquez gave Real the lead, which Asensio doubled in the second half.
The result places Real one point ahead of Atletico Madrid at the top of the table, but the city rival still has three games in hand and could return to the top on Sunday against Alaves.FT #RealMadridCelta 2-0Three points to start the year for @realmadriden! #LiveResults pic.twitter.com/z6IzyRdby2- LaLiga English (@LaLigaEN) January 2, 2021 When Iago Aspas beat the offside trap and handled a long ball forward at the box’s edge, Celta had started brightly. The top scorer of the visitors, however, was unable to bring the ball in the net as his lame chip was cleared by the onrushing Thibaut Courtois. Real rewarded Celta by equalizing themselves for their lack of opportunities. Asensio was released on the left and sent a cross to the second post, where Vazquez was on hand to bring Real ahead in the sixth minute. Lucas Vazquez (second from right) put Real Madrid on the winning track with an early goal (Manu Fernandez/AP) For the remainder of the first half, there were few clear-cut opportunities and Celta struggled to capitalize on the pressure until full-back Dani Carvajal fired a shot just before the break. A PARTE Arranca o segundo tempo! The second tempo! To Queda moito en xogo. We loitaremos ata o final! RMA 1-0 CEL#RealMadridCelta #SempreCelta pic.twitter.com/aRYuKNDhaz- RC Celta (@RCCelta) January 2, 2021 Only a minute later, when Asensio doubled Real’s advantage, things got worse for the away side. Casemiro set up Vazquez, who beat his opponent and served Asensio with a beautiful shot from 12 yards, after Luka Modric retrieved the ball in the Celta half. After an hour, Karim Benzema fired just wide of the post, and Miguel Baeza’s replacement had a good chance to equalize in the closing stages, but Nacho blocked his shot.