Real Madrid celebrated their return to their Santiago Bernabeu home with a convincing 5-2 win over Celta Vigo, yesterday Sunday 12th September.
The partially re-opened stadium had a limited crowd of 19,874 in line with social distancing requirements, in the first match at the venue since March 1, 2020, when Madrid defeated Barcelona 2-0.
The victory left Madrid at the top of La Liga standings with 10 points from four matches, along with Valencia and last season´s Liga champions, Atlético Madrid.
Significant work remains to finish the new 85,000 seat stadium which is still expected to be completed within the timeline established before the outbreak of the pandemic.
The expected official inauguration of the ‘New Bernabéu’ appears on track for December 2022 which coincides with the 120th anniversary of the club´s founding as well as the 75th anniversary of the opening of the original stadium.
The Bernabeu is also set to return to top flight European football with the arrival of Inter Milan on Wednesday evening in the first round of the 2021/22 Champions League tournament.