17 Mar 2019, 10:46 IST
Madrid, March 17 (IANS) Isco and Gareth Bale scored a purpose apiece to offer Actual Madrid a 2-Zero victory over Celta Vigo within the first match of Zinedine Zidane’s second stint as head coach of the Spanish-league powerhouse.
Zidane, who loved a wildly profitable preliminary tenure as supervisor of the Blancos from 2016 to 2018 main them to 3 consecutive Champions League titles and a La Liga crown, has taken the helm of the membership as soon as once more in the direction of the top of a extremely disappointing 2018-2019 season, Efe information reported.
In his return, the French former taking part in nice referred to as upon the squad’s “outdated guard”, inserting goalie Keylor Navas, left-back Marcelo, Isco and Bale into his beginning XI on Saturday evening.
All 4 rewarded Zidane’s belief, with Isco and Bale discovering the again of the web, Marcelo helping on the second purpose and Navas holding a clear sheet.
After a scoreless first 45 minutes, Madrid practically bought on the board within the 56th minute however the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system annulled an obvious purpose by Luka Modric, ruling that defender Raphael Varane had obstructed the goalie’s view from an offside place.
However six minutes later Karim Benzema obtained a go from Marco Asensio and arrange a sliding Isco for the opener contained in the six-yard field. The close-range strike was Isco’s final contact earlier than being changed by Dani Ceballos.
Marcelo then despatched a low cross from the left facet within the 77th minute to Bale, who bought simply sufficient on a right-footed shot from the centre of the field to attain into the underside left nook.
Actual Madrid (54 factors) is presently at third place in La Liga. They’re 9 factors behind league-leading Barcelona, who’ve a sport in hand.
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