Overcoming serious injuries up and down their lineup, Real Madrid blasted past Celta Vigo with a 2-0 victory Saturday at the Bernabeu.

Gonzalo Higuan sailed a crossing shot from the left side of the area over Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez to begin the scoring in the 12th minute for a 1-0 Los Blancos lead.

Madrid was shorthanded with full-backs Marcelo, Alvaro Arbeloa and Fabio Coentrao out with injuries, but their attack made up for the lack of depth on defense.

In the second half, Celta’s Gustavo Cabral earned a yellow card after knocking down Mesut Ozil inside the box and Cristiano Ronaldo took the ensuing free kick for the goal and a 2-0 lead in the 67th.

Madrid might have made up for all the injuries to their defense with more physical play, drawing three of the five yellow cards in the match.


Real Madrid 1-0 Celta de Vigo by goalsarena2012


Real Madrid 2-0 Celta de Vigo by goalsarena2012