Vigo, Spain (SportsNetwork.com) – Javier Hernandez scored on either side of
the intermission on Sunday to lead Real Madrid to a 4-2 win over Celta Vigo
at the Estadio Municipal de Balaidos.
After sneaking past local rivals Atletico Madrid, 1-0, on aggregate in midweek
to advance to the semifinals of the Champions League, Carlo Ancelotti’s men
returned to domestic action hoping to avoid a let down.
It looked as if Real Madrid might not be up for the fight on Sunday as Celta
Vigo opened the scoring after nine minutes through Nolito, but Los Blancos
quickly responded with an equalizer in the 16th minute through former Bayern
Munich man Toni Kroos.
Hernandez, the former Manchester United man, gave the visitors the lead in the
24th minute, but Celta answered with an equalizer of their own in the 28th
minute through Santi Mina to make it 2-2.
Colombian international James Rodriguez netted in the 43rd minute to give
Real a 3-2 lead at the break and Hernandez completed his double in the 69th
minute to hand all three points to Real Madrid, keeping the club within two
points of leaders Barcelona.
Also in La Liga on Sunday, Nordin Amrabat and Oriol Riera swapped goals as
Malaga and Deportivo played to a 1-1 draw at the Estadio La Rosaleda, while
Thievy Bifouma and Verza scored to lead Almeria to a 2-0 win over Eibar.
Europa League semifinalists Sevilla returned to domestic action with a
comfortable 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan
thanks to goals from Vicente Iborra and Daniel Carrico.