Real Madrid coach Zidane hails Keylor after Celta Vigo thrashing


Gareth Bale was in red-hot form as Real Madrid humiliated Celta Vigo 6-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday in their final home La Liga game this season as the Welsh scored a brace in Los Blancos' demolition of the Galician club.

The home team were not done yet as Toni Kroos found the bottom corner with a smart finish nine minutes from time.

Bale burst onto Luka Modric's pass to smash home a low opener and scored a fantastic second, cutting in from the right, nutmegging Jonny Castro and shooting from a hard angle.

Cristiano Ronaldo was out again with injury, although he is expected to recover in time for the Champions League final, and captain Sergio Ramos was rested. Real Madrid started with a good move up front in the attack as Luka Modric set up Hakimi Acraf in the right wing, but the Moroccan final pass in the box was cleared by Celta Vigo defence in the 5th minute.

Meanwhile, this defeat means Celta Vigo have lost 10 topflight matches in Spain, though, they are safe from relegation as they are 13th on the log with 46 points 37 league games. Celta Vigo had control of the game in the early minute of the game and made Real Madrid seat back in their own half and depend on the counter-attack to catch the visitors unaware.

Zidane's team continued to knock on the door down the other end though, and doubled their advantage in the 30th minute when Bale cut inside before finding the top corner with a wonderful finish.

Isco then flicked a Benzema effort into the Celta goal in the 58th minute, but the offside flag cut the home side's celebrations short, before Alvarez just beat Bale to a through ball from Kroos.

The Celta goalkeeper kept out a header before the hour to deny Bale his hat-trick and the officials erred in disallowing Benzema's follow-up for offside.

Toni Kroos - the creative force behind many of Madrid's best moments - completed the scoring as Madrid's bid for a third consecutive European crown in Kiev nears.