Real Madrid have failed to close the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona after a 2-2 draw away to Celta Vigo on Sunday evening. It is another poor result in a league season that is proving to be incredibly difficult for Zinedine Zidane and his men.
Gareth Bale was making his first start in La Liga since 20 September and it became apparent that he was very much needed. Celta Vigo went ahead in the match thanks to a goal from Daniel Wass. He was assisted by Iago Aspas, who has been in fantastic form so far this season.
It was then time for Bale to make his mark, just as he did in the Copa Del Rey win against Numancia through the week. The Welsh international scored twice in three minutes against Celta. The first goal was assisted by playmaker Toni Kroos, while Isco was the provider for the second, that put Real Madrid in front for the time being.
Los Blancos then had to survive a penalty scare, as Iago Aspas missed from the spot for Celta. He hit the target, but the spot kick was saved by Keylor Navas. That kept Real in front, but unfortunately it was not to last. Celta Vigo equalised when Maxi Gomez headed in from close range after Daniel Wass’ cross.
There was still time for both sides to try and claim a winner too. Celta appealed for another penalty when Aspas went down under a challenge from Marcelo but nothing was given on this occasion. Lucas Vazquez had a great chance to win the game for Real Madrid in the 90th minute but his shot was kept out by Celta goalkeeper Ruben Blanco.
This result leaves Real Madrid 16 points behind league leaders Barcelona. Los Blancos still have one game in hand, but the gap is simply looking too big to make up at the moment.