First Division - Day 18

Celta Vigo 0 - Deportivo La Coruña 5

Celta: Cavallero; Angel, Cáceres, Berizzo (Vagner 64'), Contreras, Sylvinho; Jesuli, Luccin, José Ignacio (Jonathan 81'), Gustavo López (Jandro 81'); Milosevic. 5-4-1.
Deportivo: Molina; Scaloni, César, Naybet, Capdevila; Duscher, Mauro Silva; Víctor (Diego Tristán 84'), Valerón (Sergio 75'), Luque (Fran 69'); Pandiani. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Celta: No change / Deportivo: Scaloni, César, Mauro Silva, Pandiani for Manuel Pablo, Andrade, Sergio, Diego Tristán.

0-1. 15. Luque. Picked up through ball from Valerón and hit shot across keeper.
0-2. 42. Víctor. Intercepted Berizzo pass and went on to chip shot over Cavallero.
0-3. 71. Víctor. Collected short pass from Pandiani and struck shot low into net.
0-4. 80. Víctor. Lifted shot into air which dropped into net through keeper's hands.
0-5. 87. Diego Tristán. Rounded keeper after Cáceres blocked Sergio shot.

A humiliating 0-5 defeat for Celta at the hands of arch-rivals Deportivo La Coruña could mean the end for local manager Miguel Angel Lotina. It was a poor performance from a team in disarray, and the scoreline could have been bigger had the visitors taken their chances near the end.

Luque started things off after Valerón set him up midway through the first half, shooting low across keeper Cavallero. Things could have been different had Jesuli's clever lob not come back off the post, allowing Molina to somehow scramble it clear, but before half time Víctor intercepted a bad pass inside his own half and ran on virtually unchallenged to score a second goal for the visitors.

Depor continued to dominate after the break, and Víctor completed his hat-trick with two more goals late on, the first from Pandiani's pass and the second a comedy of errors after the winger hooked the ball high into the air and Cavallero allowed it to drop slowly into the net off the crossbar.

Substitute Diego Tristán made it five near the end, and the unhappy fans called for changes. Celta ended the weekend in the relegation zone, a long way from their Galician neighbours who consolidated their third place.