VIGO, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema scored a superb opening goal in Real Madrid's 4-2 win at Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Sunday, boosting interim coach Santiago Solari's chances of staying in charge of the European champions.
Benzema displayed exquisite control to get Madrid rolling in the 23rd minute. Spinning away from the goal, the French striker used his right foot to cushion a forward lob by Luka Modric. He then continued his turn and coolly slotted the ball in.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Ousmane Dembele made his return from a long injury layoff as a second-half substitute in Barcelona's 1-1 draw at Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey on Thursday.
The 20-year-old France forward ruptured a thigh tendon in his left leg on Sept. 16 in his third appearance with the team after his transfer set a record for the Spanish club.
MADRID (AP) — Carlos Soler scored with a brilliant lob in the 86th minute for Valencia to beat Celta Vigo 3-2 in the Spanish league on Thursday.
Soler received a pass outside the area and quickly flicked the ball over goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez, securing Valencia its second consecutive win at home.
Soler's goal came only six minutes after Celta forward Iago Aspas equalized by converting a penalty kick.