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Celta Vigo 2-2 Real Madrid: Player Ratings

Sachin Bhat
ANALYST
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16.15K   //    08 Jan 2018, 10:52 IST

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Real Madrid continued to drop points

Real Madrid lost further ground in the title race as a late Maxi Gomez equalizer forced a share of the spoils against a spirited Celta Vigo at the Estadio Municipal de Balaídos.

A quickfire brace from Gareth Bale completely wiped out Daniel Wass' opener as the defending champions looked to secure all three points. Iago Aspas missed a penalty midway through the second-half, but Maxi Gomez levelled terms just 10 minutes later to leave the visitors' La Liga hopes in complete tatters.

Los Blancos now trail leaders Barcelona by a mammoth 16 points, albeit with a game in hand. But even then, the gap's just too much for even a team of even their stature.

That being said, here's how each player from both sides fared on the night:


Celta Vigo

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The hosts put in a spirited performance and managed to steal a point

Ruben Blanco - 6.5/10

Could've done little to deny Bale on both occasions as the defence was caught out, but did really well to deny Ronaldo, who tested him with a powerful header. Blanco was also at ease to thwart an attempt by Vazquez in stoppage time.

Hugo Mallo - 6/10

Laid a brilliant cross to Iago Aspas in the early exchanges, and was also at the receiving end of an inadvertent hit by Casemiro. Went into the books for a terrible challenge on Bale.

Gustavo Cabral - 6.5/10

His only notable contribution was the composure shown to deal with Ronaldo when the Blancos star tried to break away the Celta defence. Else, had hardly any moments to savour.

Facundo Roncaglia - 7.5/10

The Argentinian replaced Sergio Gomez in the line-up and repaid the manager's faith when he kept out Ronaldo from foraying into the box. He was a commanding presence at the heart of the home side's defence, although he fell short when both goals were conceded.

Jonny - 5.5/10

The left-back had a terrible time as Modric had his number for the evening and also failed to produce anything of measure while going forward.

Daniel Wass - 9/10

Tested the Madrid defence to no end, and also cleverly struck the opener for the hosts. Wass was a constant outlet of dangerous crosses and was also hand-in-glove with Gomez for the late equaliser. The best player for Celta Vigo on the night.

Nemanja Radoja - 5.5/10

The Serbian national was disappointing in the centre aside from a few quick passes that kept Madrid chasing shadows. Radoja almost conceded a goal to Madrid when his sloppiness gave Ronaldo a chance to lay-off for Marcelo, who powered it into row Z. One of the few disappointments in an otherwise fine Galician side.

Pablo Hernandez - 6.5/10

Although he did bring balance to his team, Hernandez was culpable for missing a great chance when fed by Aspas, and was also easily dispossessed by Modric midway through the exchanges. Another mistake he made was in letting Achraf Hakimi break down the left.

Pione Sisto - 7.5/10

One of the better players going forward, Sisto was a constant threat with several good chances articulating through him. He also connected well with Hernandez and Gomez to heckle the Madrid defence.

Iago Aspas - 6.5/10

A mixed night for the former Liverpool man, who, although was very active in the box, missed a penalty in the second half that eventually proved very costly for the hosts. Aspas also missed some sitters which he usually would've scored 9 times out of 10.

Maxi Gomez - 7.5/10

A monkey on Real's back, Gomez caused all sorts of problems for the Madrid defence with his great link-up play and the numerous attempts he made at goal. But more importantly, it was him who secured a point for the home side as he skilfully headed down the cross to round off Navas for the leveller. Easily Celta Vigo's talisman for the night.

Substitutes:

Jozabed Sanchez - N/A

Was given barely 120 seconds to participate and understandably had no impact on the proceedings.

Stanislav Lobotka - 6.5/10

Replaced Radoja and came up with a coss in the dangerous area in the final few minutes, but wasn't powerful enough to beat an on-rushing Lucas Vazquez.

Emre Mor - 5/10

Whilst replacing a terrific Sisto was questionable, replacing him with Mor was more so, for the Danish youngster couldn't do much after coming on.

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