Kroos missile helps Real down impressive Celta

Celta Vigo will visit Real Madrid on Saturday at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in the teams' second La Liga (Spanish first division) game of the 2016-17 season.

Real Madrid and their coach Zinedine Zidane are not showing forward James Rodriguez the respect he deserves, according to Colombia legend Faustino Asprilla.

However, should he not see action against Celta tomorrow, it's suggested this could be the final straw for James and he will seek a late move out of the Santiago Bernabeu.

"We believed until the end and pulled it off", Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. After the match, Berizzo sent a strong warning to his players when he said: "I can't think of a single player who played well today".

Modric is free to play against Celta after completing a suspension but the other three remain out injured.

Kroos stepped up the striking power of Real Madrid to seal their 2-1 victory against Celta via curled shot at the edge of the box at 81'.

Celta were without both their top scorers from last season with Iago Aspas left on the bench and Nolito having departed for Manchester City.

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Valencia lost their opener to Las Palmas 4-2 last weekend, and this latest defeat comes with the club close to selling Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi to Arsenal, and Barcelona negotiating to sign striker Paco Alcacer.

Bongonda failed to make the most with a looping header as Kiko Casillas found himself well out of his goal with Bale's poor attempt to Alvarez from distance being the last real action of a thrilling encounter. The Croatia midfielder tested Alvarez with long strikes, hitting the bar a half-hour in.

However, the loose ball came straight to Morata, who was given the benefit of the doubt when the flag stayed down for offside, slotting home with a simple finish. Morata was there to fire in the rebound for his first goal since returning from Juventus this summer.

But Vigo were deservedly back on terms midway through the second half when Guidetti threaded a pass through to Orellana, whose curling 20-yard drive flew beat Casilla to restore parity.

One nearly became two for the returning Spain worldwide just four minutes later, but for the second time in the match the hosts were thwarted by the woodwork as Morata's effort came back off the post.

There will be a minutes silence at the Santiago Bernabeu this evening prior to the home game against Celta Vigo as a tribute to the victims of the recent Italian natural disaster.

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