Madrid grateful to take a point away from Balaídos


Blancos give a further two points to Barça, who now lead them by 16

A draw, and thank you very much. Madrid were only able to scrape a draw at Balaídos, and that thanks to Keylor Navas who saved a spot-kick from Aspas. Now 16 points adrift of the leaders, though with a game in hand, any hope of retaining the LaLiga title looks ever fainter.

Real Madrid seem to be on a perpetual roller coaster ride. They start games brightly, then lose their way only to emerge from the shadows again. This footballing and psychological inconsistency drags the team into extreme situations that mean their opponents either strike gold or end up paying a heavy price.

At Balaídos, Madrid started well. Pressing, moving the ball around, reaching the area… but unable to create clear chances. They gradually lost their domination, though, as Celta found their feet and upped their game. As the game went from one end to another, Daniel Wass suddenly found himself all alone in space, and with time to fashion a perfect chip over Keylor Navas, who was off his line, and could do nothing. It was a ‘golazo‘.

It was a hard blow to take for Madrid, but they reacted and within just a few minutes, through two actions from Bale, they had turned the scoreline around. Incredible, but true. Picking up on passes from Kroos and then from Isco, the Welshman finished efficiently to put things in their place.

As was to be expected, Madrid went off the radar again in the second half, after a promising start in which they bossed the game. They were unable to get a third goal, that would surely have clinched it, and when they went on the back foot they gave away so much that they eventually had a penalty awarded against them when Keylor Navas bundled Aspas over. The Costa Rican amended his error by saving Aspas’ spot-kick. Madrid’s malady continued, though, and the proof of this was Maxi Gómez’s equaliser just eight minutes from time.