Vigo slump to defeat against Valencia
Celta Vigo find themselves rooted to the foot of the table following a 1-0 defeat against Valencia at the weekend. The Galician side hosted the side in 2nd place, hoping to get their first win of the season, but offered little in a game in which they were clearly overrun by the visitors, who will be frustrated to have not won by a higher margin. The hosts named Jeison Murillo in the starting line-up against his former club, while also being able to call on the experienced pair of Iago Aspas and Nolito up front. Up front for the visitors were Kevin Gameiro and former Celta striker Maxi Gomez, keen to make an impact against his former club. Valencia made just one change to the starting XI, Daniel Wass reverting to right-back and Uros Racic returning to the starting XI. There was also a change on the bench, with reserve keeper Cristian Rivero called up to deputize for the injured Jaume Doménech.
There was no surprise, given their relative league positions, when the visitors were quickest out of the blocks, going close early on after great interplay between Wass and Guedes eventually found the returning Racic in space, his shot eventually going over. The hosts then had keeper Rubén Blanco to thank, producing a fine save on the stretch to deny Denis Cheryshev with a quarter of an hour gone, the Russian winger rising well to meet a Guedes cross at the far post. As Valencia continued to press, next to go close was Mouctar Diakhaby, the centre half who grabbed the equaliser last week against Barcelona heading just over from a similar angle from a Gaya corner.
At the other end, Celta had their first chance of note in the 23rd minute, a deep cross finding Nolito at the far post, but he too headed over the bar. Valencia continued to work Rubén Blanco, although he had little to do when Soler fired his low effort straight at the keeper with half an hour on the clock, and the visitors clearly in the ascendancy. Valencia then rattled the woodwork twice in close succession before the break, first when Racic fed through Gameiro, the striker frustrated to see his effort beat the keeper but come back off the inside of the post, before Carlos Soler then rattled the crossbar from range with Rubén Blanco well beaten, Celta somehow surviving the first half level.
The second half began in similar style, Valencia again dominating the ball and creating the opportunities, a last ditch tackle taking the ball off the feet of Racic after he was slid in by Guedes. The deadlock was finally broken 10 minutes in the second half, ironically as the result of a rare Celta attack. Jose Gaya produced a superb tackle to take the ball off Aspas, and when he then found Cheryshev down the left, the winger found the time and space to carry the ball forward. A simple pass through then found Maxi Gómez, who had lost his marker Murillo, before applying a confident finish into the bottom corner against his old side.
Maxi Gomez then almost turned provider, breaking down the right and hanging in a cross which was again met by Cheryshev, who continually got the better of the Celta back line in the air, but his header flashed just wide with Rubén Blanco at full stretch. The visitors then rang in the changes, with Lee Kang-In coming on for the impressive Guedes, who appeared to have picked up a slight knock, while Daniel Sturridge came on for his debut to replace Gameiro, and Smith Rowe came on for Cheryshev. Celta almost had a chance to snatch an equaliser with 5 minutes remaining as Nolito found space on the right, but he failed to trouble Cillessen with his eventual effort. At the other end, Sturridge, making his first appearance since signing, did well to beat a man before his cut back found fellow substitute Lee Kang-In, who again forced a smart save from Rubén Blanco. The home keeper, probably the busiest man on the pitch, was called on once more in stoppage time to spare his sides blushes, this time stopping another Carlos Soler effort, with Celta truly beaten, despite the narrow scoreline. The Galician side now site rock bottom in la liga, with just two points from 7 games. The visitors, meanwhile, remain second continuing their impressive start to the season.Share this: