Madrid had just enough luck to win a match away to Celta in which they were outplayed for the most part by a slick home side that displayed a great deal of technical ability and smooth one-touch passing, as they attacked with verve and purpose, particularly during two stretches: the first and the last 20 minutes of the match.
Robinho seems to have overcome his early season difficulties and scored a nice half-volley off a pass from Baptista, who played somewhat better than usual. Lequi pulled one back before the half for the home team after some nice play down the right, only to have Cicinho put in the final goal fifteen minutes into the second half after another Robinho attack. Cassano had a chance to put the game away, but Celta also had a probable goal (replay was not quite conclusive, but it was probably a goal) not count. Celta caused all sorts of problems while attacking and really had some lovely passing in the middle and attacking portions of the pitch. I believe fatigue may have been a factor for Madrid, which has played a boatload of matches in January. By the end of the match, RM were really just hanging on and hoping for the final whistle. Still, three points is nothing to sneer at, particularly in Vigo, where they have a team that will cause a lot of headaches in this second half of the season.
Here is the video of the goals (somewhat lengthy, so please pause to load if it isn't smooth):
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