World News – USA – Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 2-0 to win in Spain


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BARCELONA, Spain (AP) – Marco Asensio and Lucas Vázquez set goals for each other to help Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 2-0 on Saturday as the defending champions were one point ahead of Atlético Madrid was the Spanish league.

Second-placed Atlético have played three games fewer than Madrid and will have a chance to return to the top if they visit Alavés on Sunday.

Asensio crossed the far post so that Vázquez started in Madrid in the sixth minute. Vázquez then prepared his striker for Asensio to take the 53rd lead. to double.

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« We played a full game from start to finish, » said Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. “We controlled the game, we were even in our transitions between attack and defense and we won the ball back with our pressure.

« We feel good. But there is still a long way to go in this league, ”said Zidane of the title race as the league nears its center.

Celta arrived at Madrid’s Alfredo Di Stéfano Stadium as one of the hottest teams in Spain. But Vázquez and Asensio punished Celta for aggressive pressure that left too much space on the flanks.

It was the first loss in seven rounds for Celta since former player Eduardo Coudet took over as coach in November. Celta stayed in eighth place.

Madrid had to do without central defender Sergio Ramos due to an unspecified stomach disease. However, this was different from other games that Madrid found it difficult to win in his absence. Substitute Nacho Fernández stepped in and made two stops to obliterate Celta’s only shots on goal.

Vázquez’s goal came seconds after Nacho scored a tied shot that Iago Aspas fired against goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Celta lost top scorer Aspas to an apparent problem with their right thigh. Seconds before Asensio scored Madrid’s second goal, he left the field when he came on after Luka Modric intercepted a pass from Jeison Murillo.

Asensio’s goal was his first of the season. The 24-year-old striker is slowly regaining his form since returning from a ligament tear in June after several months of recovery.

« Losing our top player made it harder for us, but we stayed in the game and tried to score until the end. So this will help us, « said Coudet.

Sevilla needed goalkeeper Yassine Bounou to save Nabil Fekir’s penalty kick to secure a 1-1 draw against a Real Betis side that was several players missing due to COVID-19 infections.

Jesús « Suso » Fernández brought Sevilla in the 48. Round against the flow of the game in the lead. Sergio Canales converted a penalty after Diego Carlos fouled Loren Morón in the penalty area to beat Betis in the 53rd. Minute to reach. It was Canales’ third goal in two games since returning from injury.

Fekir appeared for Betis 15 minutes before Marcos Acuña fouled, only to be stifled by Bounou.

Mexican striker Diego Lainez led Betis in the first half as he set up Fekir and Canales for shots that just missed.

Betis was without Joaquín Sánchez, Andrés Guardado, Martín Montoya and Álex Moreno after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Seville derby usually takes place in the middle of an intense fan rivalry. This time it was played without a spectator like the other games in Spain due to the pandemic restrictions.

Gerard Moreno led Villarreal to a 2-1 win over Levante after scoring his ninth goal of the season to equate him with Celtas Aspas as the competition’s top scorer.

Moreno added Fernando Niños’ opener when the Spanish striker came in 54th. shot a right-footed shot straight into the post.

Moreno hit the post late as well after substitute Levante Sergio León pulled back a header.

Israel striker Shon Weissman scored in the first half as Valladolid won 1-0 in Getafe and escaped the relegation zone.

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