|First Division - Day 32|
Alavés 0 - Celta 0
Dutruel; Karmona (Geli 75'), Abelardo, Téllez, Llorens; Astudillo,
Luis Helguera, Pablo, Magno (Ilie 60'); Iván Alonso (Jordi Cruyff 78'),
Rubén Navarro. 4-4-2.
Team changes: Alavés: Abelardo, Llorens, Magno, Rubén Navarro for Geli, Ibon Begoña, Mara, Jordi Cruyff / Celta: Sergio, Angel for Cáceres, Mostovoi.
Celta drew level with Valencia on points after drawing 0-0 at Alavés, and although they have a worse goal difference than Rafa Benítez's side, their head-to-head record will take them above them in the league if they are still all square at the end of the season. It was not a convincing performance though, and only with Lotina's side hardly managing a shot at goal all match apart from an early effort from José Ignacio. Txutxi Aranguren took charge of the locals for the first time after Mané was sacked midweek, and his changes were more positional than anything in an effort to end his side's run of nine games without a win, and just as importantly four without scoring a goal. Luck was not with them though, and Rubén Navarro saw two or three efforts just miss the target and shot midway through the first half tipped onto the post by Cavallero.
Both managers made changes in the second half as a hailstorm made playing conditions difficult, Ilie coming on for the locals after a lay off for injury, and Lotina bringing on strikers Catanha and McCarthy, and replacing an ineffective Mido with Mostovoi, who had been left out of the starting line up after a depression. The best chances later on fell to the locals, Astudillo failing to find the target after Cavallero dropped the ball under a heavy challenge and Ilie trying to chip the keeper to no avail. In the end a point each which leaves the Basque side next to bottom but a little closer to salvation after Osasuna and Recreativo lost. Celta have Cavallero to think for this one, and he set a new club record having now gone five games without letting in a goal.