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Real Madrid limp to victory over Celta Vigo

Real Madrid limped to an uninspiring 2-0 win over Celta Vigo yesterday.

Gonzalo Higuain's cross-cum-shot and a penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo helped injury-hit Real Madrid to a comfortable victory over Celta Vigo.

The recent international break has left Madrid short of options at the back, with full-backs Marcelo, Fabio Coentrao and Alvaro Arbeloa facing spells on the sidelines, but they attacked from the off although Higuain's 11th-minute opener was a touch fortunate.

Ronaldo netted from the spot midway through the second half to settle matters after Mesut Ozil tumbled in the area following a rather innocuous challenge from defender Gustavo Cabral.

Real No2 Aitor Karanka said: "The back four played very well. Celta only had one header at the end of the match and the back four have played really well. Sergio (Ramos) knew his position; Rafa (Varane) when he plays fulfils his role and Pepe played like he always does."

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