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La Liga roundup: Celta spoil Hazard’s return in Real Madrid draw

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Real Madrid’s draw against relegation-battling Celta Vigo highlights La Liga’s Sunday action.

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Real Madrid 2-2 Celta Vigo 

Celta’s Santi Mina scored in 85th minute to give a depleted Celta Vigo a precious point at the Santiago Bernabeu, spoiling Eden Hazard‘s return to Real Madrid’s lineup after a notable absence.

Madrid’s eighth draw of the season moves champions Barcelona just one point behind Zinedine Zidane’s side.

Returning from ankle injury that kept his out of action for three months, Hazard returned to the pitch in fine style, leading all players on the field in chances created with three and earning a penalty that Sergio Ramos converted to put Real Madrid ahead.

Hazard – and all of his flair – left the field in the 70th minute, granting Vinicius Junior the final 20 minutes of the match.

Ramos’ sixth goal of the season builded on Toni Kroos’ left-footed strike early in the latter half of the match. Real Madrid, more or less, were cruising against Celta, who had a goal to their name following Fyodor Smolov’s early opener.

Celta, who had arrived in Madrid in 18th place and had lost their last seven at the host’s home, were destined to do the unthinkable. Denis Suarez and Mina – both utilized as substitutes – paired up for the equalizer with five minutes to go, spoiling Hazard’s return.

Elsewhere in La Liga

Sevilla 2-2 Espanyol

Leganes 0-0 Real Betis 

Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Osasuna

Real Madrid secures Toni Kroos with rich long-term deal

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Toni Kroos is sticking around the Real Madrid engine room, and if rumors are true he’ll be the highest-paid German footballer in history.

Oft-linked with a move back to the Bundesliga — or a Premier League debut — the 26-year-old has signed a new contract that ties him to the Bernabeu through 2021-22.

AS had reported that Kroos’ deal would pay him $22 million per season.

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Kroos has 74 caps with 12 goals for Germany, and has become an extremely valuable and versatile midfielder for Madrid. He’s ably filled in for injured stalwart Casemiro.

The midfielder spent 2007-14 with Bayern Munich, with the exception of a loan spell with Bayer Leverkusen. He’s won three Bundesliga titles, two Champions League titles (one Madrid, one Bayern) and the 2014 World Cup.

Kroos will be 32 at the end of that contract, and the final two years of the deal will see him discussed as a possible transfer target for MLS clubs (See what we did there).