First Division - Day 14

Racing Santander 3 - Celta Vigo 0

Racing: Lemmens; Pineda, Moratón, Juanma, Sietes; Diego Mateo, Nafti (Ismael 76'); Pablo Sierra (Benayoun 58'), Munitis, Regueiro; Javi Guerrero (Bodipo 58'). 4-2-3-1.
Celta: Cavallero; Méndez (Jesuli 66'), Cáceres, Berizzo, Sylvinho; Vagner, Luccin, Giovanella (José Ignacio 55'); Coudet (Gustavo López 50), Edu; Catanha. 4-3-2-1.

Team changes: Racing: Regueiro, Javi Guerrero for Benayoun, Txiki / Celta: Vagner, Giovanella for José Ignacio, Gustavo López.

1-0. 59. Moratón. Low header after Bodipo nodded back long free kick.
2-0. 60. Benayoun. Shot into empty net after Bodipo won ball off keeper.
3-0. 71. Benayoun. Ran on to lift ball over keeper from edge of area.

Celta Vigo were suffering from a UEFA cup hangover after their defeat at the hands of Celtic midweek, and they were beaten 3-0 by Racing Santander to drop out of the top four. Lotina put out a more defensive starting line up which for the first time did not include any Spanish players, with three anchormen in midfield and Coudet and Edu supporting Catanha up front. The Hispano-Brazilian striker was not having one of his best days though, and he failed to control the ball in front of goal when unmarked early in the first half. Most of the play though was at the other end, where keeper Cavallero had to be at his best to keep out Javi Guerrero, Munitis and company.

The turning point of the game though came thirteen minutes in to the second half, when Preciado made a double substitution, bringing on Bodipo and Benayoun for Pablo Sierra and Guerrero. Within a minute Bodipo headed Regueiro's free kick on for Moratón to head the first goal in from close range, and a minute later it was Bodipo again who won the ball off Cavallero after he mis-kicked a Méndez back pass to set up Benayoun for the second. Things got worse for Lotina when Méndez had to be carried off with a serious knee injury, and five minutes later Benayoun added a third goal with a chip over the keeper from the edge of the area to take Racing away from the danger zone and up to eleventh place.