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Eden Hazard | Picture: LaLiga Twitter

LaLiga leaders Real Madrid were held to 2-2 draw at home against relegation-threatened Celta Vigo here at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

However, Los Blancos remain on top of the table, a point ahead of Barcelona, who edged Getafe 2-1 at home on Saturday.

Real Madrid home form has been a concern this season, having already drawn four games at the Bernabeu (Valladolid, Betis, Bilbao, Celta).

Celta, 17th in the table, took a surprising lead inside the opening 10 minutes as Fedor Smolov slotted his effort past Courtois, having been played on by skipper Iago Aspas.

Courtois then denied Celta their second of the game, pulling off a sharp save to parry away Aidoo’s header, following a corner.

Zidane’s men dominated the possession but saw themselves a goal down to the Galicians, at the break.

But, Los Blancos stormed past Celta in the opening 20 minutes of the second half to take a 2-1 lead.

Benzema combines on the left flank with Marcelo, who made a cutback towards the centre of the box before Toni Kroos found the bottom-left corner with his left foot.

The German, Kroos, has now scored in a sixth straight season against Celta, having already scored at the Ballaidos in the reverse fixture, back in August.

13 minutes later, Real Madrid took the lead after Eden Hazard, making his return from injury, was brought down inside the box by Celta’s shot-stopped Ruben Blanco.

Skipper Sergio Ramos maintained his 100% record from the spot to beat Blanco and fire his team to a 2-1 lead. The 33-year-old is second in Los Blancos’ goal-scoring chart, only behind Benzema.

It was looking like Real Madrid were heading toward’s another nervy win, Celta equalised from a lapse of concentration at the back from the home side.

Former Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez played on his fellow substitute Santi Mina, who got behind Varane to slot home past a scrambling Courtois.

After the game, Courtois said that it’s not easy to keep a clean sheet in every game and this result will help them to analyze their mistakes and rectify them.

“You can’t always keep a clean sheet, but we must analyze if we did something wrong and correct that for the upcoming matches,” he said.

“We’ve lost two points, but what we have done in recent months will not change because of this result tonight,” he added.

Real Madrid will now take on Levante in LaLiga at the Ciutat de Valencia, next Saturday (local time).

 

 

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