Real rally to beat Celta with Benzema hat trick

Real Madrid came from behind twice to earn a 5-2 victory over Celta Vigo thanks in large part to more stellar play from Karim Benzema in Madrid on Sunday night.

Some shaky play in back led to Celta take a surprise early lead through Santi Mina in the fourth minute, but Benzema hit back for the hosts 20 minutes later after some nice interplay from Real Madrid.

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The joy at the Santiago Bernabeu was short-lived, though, as Franco Cervi knocked the rebound from his own clever shot into an empty net after Thibaut Courtois was pulled off his line trying to help stop a quick-hitting counter-attack from Celta, who took a 2-1 lead into half-time.

Benzema scored straight out of the gates after the break with a lovely header back across the goal from Miguel Guttierrez’s outswinging cross to get Madrid back on level terms for the second time in the game.

Vinicius Junior then fired Real ahead before the hour mark with Benzema now the provider, the Brazilian latching on to a through ball and calmly slotting home after a good run and new arrival Eduardo Camavinga doubled the lead for Carlo Ancelotti’s side from a rebound to open his account in LaLiga.

Benzema put the three points in the bag to complete his hat trick from the penalty spot after Denis Suarez fouled Vinicius in the area shortly before half-time.

The win puts Real Madrid level on points in a three-way tie atop the table with Atletico Madrid and Valencia.