Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez scored twice as Real Madrid won an entertaining La Liga contest 4-2 at Celta Vigo.
The in-form Manchester United loanee, who scored the winner in Real’s Champions League quarter-final, second leg triumph over bitter rivals Atletico Madrid in midweek, picked up where he left off to fire his side to a nervy victory.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men trailed early on and were pegged back to 2-2 before eventually hitting top gear and powering past their spirited opponents to keep up the pressure on title rivals Barcelona.
For Chicharito the timing could hardly have been better. Hours earlier his parent club United slipped to a disappointing 3-0 defeat at Everton in the Premier League, and the Mexico international took his opportunity to show the Red Devils what they are missing.
However, Ancelotti’s side had to work hard to see off their resilient hosts, who at one stage looked like causing an upset.
Manuel Agudo drifted past a sloppy Real backline before neatly finding the back of the net early on:
With a quarter-of-an-hour on the clock Toni Kroos calmly placed the ball into a gaping net after a scramble in the Celta box:
Chicharito found space in the right channel and slotted home in fine style after 24 minutes:
However, Santiago Mina soon restored parity, with Real’s rearguard again exposed:
Colombia international James Rodriguez got a slice of luck with a deflected strike which handed Real the lead again shortly before the interval:
And Chicharito wrapped up the points with an excellent finish following a pinpoint pass from Sergio Ramos: