Doubled between pain and misfortune, Renato Tapia went through a frustrating game, limping after accumulating jams, decisive in an error that led to the second goal for Real Madrid. A blur, in short, in the excellent campaign of the Peruvian midfielder, after Iago Aspas, the most essential footballer for Celta, the midfielder who recovers the most balls in LaLiga on a par with Casemiro. shop window, Tapia accumulated stumbling blocks and jams. A stomp from Lucas Vázquez midway through the first half made him limp in each support for several ordeal minutes. Before the break a new blow made him stagger: as his teammates retired to the dugout he collapsed on the grass sore in the small of the back. Not even so did he leave the party.
CeltaIván Villar, Murillo (Ferreyra, min. 83), Aarón Martín, Néstor Araújo, Hugo Mallo, Renato Tapia, Brais (Fran Beltrán, min. 83), Nolito (Augusto Solari, min. . 70), Denis Suárez, Santi Mina and AspasReal MadridCourtois, Lucas Vázquez, Ferland Mendy, Nacho, Varane, Kroos (Marco Asensio, min. 70), Modric, Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Benzema and Vinicius Junior Goals0-1 min. 19: Benzema. 0-2 min. 29: Benzema. 1-2 min. 39: Santi Mina. 1-3 min. 93: Marco Asensio. Referee Mario Melero López Yellow cards Vinicius Junior (min. 21), Renato Tapia (min. 24), Kroos (min. 39), Nacho (min. 70), Denis Suárez (min. 77), Modric (min. 79) and Augusto Solari (min. 84)
“The first half hour we were like floating when Madrid had the ball. Then we get our pride ”, said striker Santi Mina at the end of the match. “We were late to the game. After 25 minutes another game started ”, agreed the celestial coach, Chacho Coudet. The activation of Celta to adjust to the pressure is usually piloted by Tapia, who clenched his teeth to climb lines and above all help in the coverage. He penalized for being poorly outlined in an exit of the ball from his own area and Benzema punished his team with the second goal. "Before the game we talked about not making mistakes when taking the ball from the inside, but I assume the mistakes," explained Coudet.
Tapia did not give up, again injured after the break in two encounters with Modric. The second of them caused a foul that Aspas crashed into the post after Casemiro's deflection. At that point, already in the final stretch of the game, Tapia was already launching the pressure on the edge of the rival area before ending the game as a center-back. And bruised by so much misfortune.
Neither Tapia nor Celta received the effort to break with tradition. "It's never easy to play here," explained merengue defender Nacho. But the statistics deny him. Balaídos is a white garden, a regular recreational space for the capital's team, who won in Vigo in six of their last seven visits to the championship. In the other he got a draw. And in all those half a dozen wins he always scored more than two goals. In Galician fief both teams have already met fifteen times so far this century, Celta barely won two. Madrid took all three points in twelve.
"The reality is that the main objective is permanence," Coudet wanted to lower after the defeat, reluctant to enter to assess whether the match would have been another if Celta had tied at the foul of Aspas that ended up on the stick. “He would or would not exist in football”, settled.
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