Maxi Gomez late show piles more pressure on Real Madrid

Maxi Gomez headed a late equaliser to earn Celta Vigo a 2-2 draw against Real Madrid at Balaidos, where Gareth Bale had scored twice in as many first-half minutes.

The home side had taken the lead on 33 minutes through a fine chip by Daniel Wass, only for Wales forward Bale – fit again following a calf problem – to swiftly draw Real level.

Bale then swept in another on 38 minutes to complete the turnaround. Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas then saved a second-half penalty from Iago Aspas before, with only eight minutes left, Gomez nodded in a deserved equaliser.

Tweet of the match

Man of the match – Gareth Bale

While it was not enough in the end to secure Real Mardid all three points, Wales forward Bale showed just what he can bring to the team with his quickfire first-half double.

Head coach Zinedine Zidane, though, will not want to take any more chances with Bale after his return to fitness from a calf injury for what was a first LaLiga start since September 20.

Moment of the match

The home side had swept into the lead with an eye-catching goal from Daniel Wass on 33 minutes.

After a quick break, the Real defence were left exposed as Iago Aspas laid the ball off to Wass, who sprinted into space down the right.

The Swiss midfielder waited for Navas to come out of his goal before dispatching a perfectly weighted chip over the goalkeeper and into the net.

Stat Attack

Real Madrid have now failed to win in their last four away LaLiga matches, with three draws and one loss, at Girona.

Before that run, Los Blancos had been on winning stretch of 13 straight league victories on the road.

Ratings

Celta Vigo: Ruben Blanco7 (out of 10), Hugo Mallo 7, Gustavo Cabral 7, Facundo Roncaglia 7, Jonny Castro 7, Daniel Wass 8, Nemanja Radoja 7, Pablo Hernandez 7, Pione Sisto 7, Iago Aspas 7, Maxi Gomez 8. Substitutes: Stanislav Lobotka (for Radoja, 73) 6, Emre Mor (for Sisto, 73) 6,

Real Madrid: Keylor Navas 7 (out of 10), Achraf Hakimi 6, Raphael Varane6, Nacho 6, Marcelo 6, Luka Modric 6, Casemiro 6, Toni Kroos 6, Isco 6, Gareth Bale 8, Cristiano Ronaldo 6. Substitutes: Lucas Vazquez (for Modric, 76) 6, Mateo Kovacic (for Isco, 76) 6, Marco Asensio (for Bale, 85) 6.

Who’s up next?

Barcelona v Celta Vigo (Copa del Rey, January 11)
Real Madrid v Numancia (Copa del Rey, January 10)

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