Monday, January 30, 2006

A little luck to beat Celta

Real Madrid continued their recent good form in the Spanish League after a 2-1 win at Celta Vigo on Sunday.

This victory takes Madrid above Osasuna and into the top three of the table.

British David Beckham started the match at the Estadio BalaĆ­dos but it was Robinho who finished off a lightening attack in the 17th minute to give the visitors the lead.

After the match, Celta de Vigo coach Fernando Vazquez says his team are now even with Real Madrid after being denied what appeared to be a legitimate equaliser in Sunday's Primera Liga match.

It interesting that David Silva's cross-cum-shot in the 68th minute swirled over Real goalkeeper Iker Casillas to strike the far post, rebound against Casillas' hand, his back, and onto the line.

The ball, which apparently entered the goal before bouncing on the line, was quickly cleared however, and the score remained 2-1 to visitors Real.

"I didn't see whether it was a goal or not, but everyone has told me it was," coach Vazquez said after the game.

"Now we are even with Real Madrid, and they won't be able to complain any more about Fabian Canobbio's goal in the Bernabeu earlier this season."

The Uruguayan player scored a controversial winner against Real back in September, when his shot cannoned off the bar to bounce down just outside the goal, 14 minutes from time.

In the end, the goals from Robinho and Cicinho moved Real up to third in the table, 13 points behind leaders Barcelona. Celta are eighth.