Smolov scored, and just “real”! But a draw with Celta saved after replacement


Already on the seventh minute the Russians scored against Courtois on “Santiago Bernabeu”, but in the end Smolov replacing Denis Suarez helped to vary Santi Mina.


CSKA Moscow continues to settle with “Celta”. Match on “Santiago Bernabeu” became the second based on “the Celts”. In the previous round, he played 88 minutes against Sevilla, and although productive actions did this, his team managed to win La Liga for the first time since the end of November. The three points allowed the Galicians to escape from the relegation zone, but in the Matchday “Mallorca” managed to defeat “Alaves” (1:0) and return the club from Vigo in the bottom three.

In Madrid, Oscar Garcia, as expected, came to play from the defence in the 3-5-2 with Smolov, if Uspacom in the front line. The two forwards as if was unexpected for the owners. In the seventh minute, the Russians opened on one line between Raphael Varane and Daniel Carvajal received from the depths of the pass from ASPAs, popped one on one with Thibaut Courtois and sighted shot into the corner.

Smolov is the first goal in La Liga. Sergio Ramos certainly remembered how in November 2017, Fyodor drove all over Spain in a friendly match (3:3), having in that meeting twice. On the “Bernabeu”, he also moved a lot. It is significant that in the first half hour, he ran a quarter more Karim Benzema (4.4 km versus 3.4). Was it another good time, but alone after receiving a pass on the edge of the penalty area, he decided to make a through pass to the center, but not fulfilled.


As to the “real”, then of course he had a lot of possession (in the first half – 70% to 30%), but the team in attack lacked understanding. Too many elements of the puzzle unaccustomed teamwork. Eden hazard first entered the field after the injury suffered in November, Marcelo in the example in 2020, held only the second match, and Gareth bale is Gareth bale. The Welshman suffers in Madrid and hurts himself, but to leave flatly refuses. Honestly, starting the choice of Zinedine Zidane pretty surprised.

All three in the game were not included. But if not having a practice game Marcelo and hazard tried very hard, but at the crucial moment made a technical error, then bale was just messing about – just crept forward, not noticing anyone around, acted thoughtlessly and mechanically. Of the 16 assists in the first 37 minutes before the partners got only eight. Imagine, every second shot hit the opponent.

Five minutes before the half time whistle, hazard and Benzema played a great ball, and the Belgian front found on the goal line of the Bale, but that in this situation managed to run into, breaking above the crossbar. Now the Welshman is more like a saboteur than a helper for “creamy”. As a result, the break statistics for shots on target was incredible: 0-2. The account could also be the same, but Thibaut Courtois leaps to pull the ball from the corner after a header by Joseph IDA.


From the locker room the owners have been much more charged. They still had a lot of possession and then struck the gate of Ruben, and without the involvement of all the losers of the first 45 minutes. In the first attack and was featured on the hazard and bale. The Belgian on-the-fly heel threw the ball to a partner, and the second scored at the far post by Sergio Ramos, found themselves opposite an empty corner, but the goal was disallowed for offside. A second goal for Kroos did Benzema and Marcelo, shot himself from the front line. Alas, the effectiveness of the attack started with the loss of Smolov.

Not to say that real Madrid in the second half somehow fundamentally changed the game. Is that Benzema has become more often to shift to the left flank in the development of the attack, but was actively involved right edge. The hosts finally shifted the game on the flanks and from there tried to deliver the ball into the box. It brought success. Both goals came from the left, and in both attacks the key role played by Benzema.

Several times hazard got the ball dangerously close to the gate, but each time instead of hitting tried to improve the situation and finally lost the ability to score. Still not feeling the confidence the Belgian. But in the middle of the half that brought the success. Being at an acute angle from eye to eye with him, he sent the ball out front, but a little earlier managed to catch hold of the hands of the goalkeeper and earned a penalty-kick, which Sergio Ramos.

What to Smolov, it was very difficult to Express themselves. Most of the match “Celta” held without the ball, and Fedor had to do a lot of running. On 71 minutes, Oscar Garcia replaced citizen on Denis Suarez. This change was key, along with entering the field of Santi Mina. Four minutes before the end of normal time the striker broke away from Carvajal, got a through pass from Suarez and a close-range shot Courtois.

The second round in a row, “Celta” gaining points by scoring in the closing stages after Smolov left the field. And Zidane too early believed in a victory, leaving the game Bale, hazard and Kroos. As a result of “Celta” equal on points with Mallorca and real Madrid lost two points advantage over Barcelona three.

The Championship Of Spain
24-th round

“Real” – “Celta” – 2:2 (0:1)

Goals: Smolov, 7 – 0:1. Kroos, 52 – 1:1. Ramos, 65 – 2:1. Mina, 86 – 2:2.

Real Madrid: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos (Modric, 81), Valverde, Bale (Mendy, 84), Hazard (Vinicius, 73), Benzema.

“Celta”: Ruben, IDA, Murillo, Araujo, K. Vasquez (Sisto, 55), Rafina, Yokuslu, Bradaric (Mine 83), Of Olas, ASPAs, Smolov (Denis Suarez, 70).

Warning: The Olas, 57. Bale, 72. Carvajal, 74. Yokuslu, 76.

Referee: Rojas.

source: “Soviet sport”

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