Benzema & Kroos on target as Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo

La Liga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 17/08/2019

Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos on target as Real Madrid beat Celta Vigo 3-1 at Municipal de Balaidos on Saturday evening encounter.

Gareth Bale marked his return to the starting line-up with an impressive assist as Los Blancos survived a red card for Luka Modric in their opening La Liga fixture of the season.

The Wales star had been left out in the cold for large parts of pre-season following a collapsed move to China, but he set up Benzema for a 12th-minute opener.

Kroos increase his side lead with a stunning shot in the second stanza of the game after Modric was shown a straight red card for the first time in his 16-year senior career and just the second time he's been sent off.

Real Madrid Zinedine Zidane started without any of the summer signings, although the quality substitute Lucas Vazquez rounded off a flowing move 10 minutes from time by drilling a good finish into the bottom-left corner after Benzema's header struck the post.

Celta at least got a consolation through Iker Losada's precise strike from a similar spot at the other end.

Real Madrid welcome Real Valladolid to the Santiago Bernabeu next Saturday, while Celta host Valencia on the same day.