Real Madrid beat Celtic 5-1 at home to claim the top spot within the Champions League group on Wednesday after rebounding from their first defeat in the league against RB Leipzig last week.
Scores by Luka Modric Rodrygo, Marco Asensio Vinicius Jr. as well as Federico Valverde – the first two goals from the penalty spot and the other two from the penalty spot – saw the holders top the group F in the table with 13 points. They were one point ahead of second-placed Leipzig both teams making the 16th round.
Celtic was last in the league with two points.
“We required a game similar to this, with a lot of goals, in order to be able to win, which is the most important thing, and also to be the top team,” Rodrygo told Movistar Plus.
“We’ve played many games in the last month and have two games left. We won today 5-1 but it was a struggle. There are playing a lot which is exhausting. after that, we’re playing our World Cup, it’s a difficult schedule, but we need to go on.”
In the absence of Ballon D’Or winner Karim Benzema absent due to a muscle strain It was a night in which Asensio could be a hero for the team who was the inspiration behind a flurry of Real Madrid attacks in the first half.
Modric along with Rodrygo scored off the penalty spot following the handballs made by Celtic players and Asensio was a key player in the pre-game build-ups.
Just five minutes in the game He found Rodrygo with a stunning touch , and his shot that was angled screamed past the post.
Valverde’s shot off the rebound was smashed by the defender, and Modric took the penalty after striking the goalkeeper in the wrong direction.
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Madrid received a second penalty in the 18th minute and, following a VAR inspection, Rodrygo delivered a calm final.
Asensio added to Real’s lead just in the sixth minute after the break, scoring a great shot from the Dani Carvajal cross and 10 minutes after that Valverde ran a fantastic move down the right side and crossed Vinicius for a goal with an excellent shot from close range.
Valverde added the fifth goal with the strike that has become his signature his unstoppable long-range shot in the upper corner.
This was Valverde’s fifth goal with a ball outside his box in this campaign across all competitions, which is more than anyone else in the big five leagues of Europe.
“We’re happy. It was a great performance,” added Valverde, who has recorded four goals over the five most recent games. “We made the most of our chances, as well as scoring the goals that we needed to score.
“I would like to contribute to the team and continue scoring goals. That’s my style of play to run. Friends of mine said I needed to maximize my shot, and that’s exactly what has been my goal. My teammates always remind me that “one day, I’ll break it!”
Jota was the one to score a consolation goal on behalf of Celtic by slapping free kicks into the upper right corner with five minutes remaining the end of.