First Division - Day 6

Celta Vigo 1 - Valencia 1

Celta: Pinto; Velasco (Maurice 46'), Sergio, Berizzo, Juanfran; Giovanella, Luccin; Edu, Boban (Coira 72'), Jesuli (Silvinho 55'); Catanha. 4-2-3-1.
Valencia: Cañizares; Angulo (Garrido 40'), Djukic, Pellegrino, Curro Torres; Rufete, Albelda, Marchena (Navarro 72'), Vicente; Juan Sánchez (Serban 82'), Salva Ballesta. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Celta: Pinto, Sergio, Boban, Jesuli for Cavallero, Cáceres, Karpin, Mostovoi / Valencia: Djukic, Rufete, Marchena, Juan Sánchez, Salva Ballesta for Ayala, Carboni, De los Santos, Aimar, Carew.

0-1. 07. Juan Sánchez. Drilled ball home after pass across from Vicente.
1-1. 49. Maurice. Volleyed into roof of net after Boban lifted cross from left.

Celta could only draw 1-1 with Valencia on Thursday night to leave Barcelona heading the table at the end of the day. A victory would have seen the Gallician side return to the top spot, but Juan Sánchez surprised them with an early goal from Vicente's cross in the seventh minute. Salva almost made it two a few minutes later, but Pinto made a point blank save to keep his side in the match. It was a hard fought game, and referee Carmona Méndez let Albelda off the hook after he committed a bad foul only minutes after being booked. Valencia lost Angulo to injury before half time, and with only Serban on the bench from the depleted first team squad, Rafa Benítez brought on B team defender Garrido for his debut.

Víctor Fernández brought on French striker Maurice at half time for right back Velasco, and he levelled the scores just three minutes later with his first official goal for his new club, a spectacular volley into the roof of the net from Boban's cross. A double injury to Marchena, with Catanha accidentally standing on his hand as he was already due to be replaced, saw the introduction of another young Valencia player Navarro. Celta substitute Coira created some problems for Cañizares in the final minutes, but in the end the points were shared to leave Valencia within reach of the leaders and Celta in fourth place.