First Division - Day 25

Celta Vigo 0 - Málaga 2

Celta: Cavallero; Velasco, Berizzo, Sergio, Sylvinho; Luccin, Vagner (Jandro 83'); Angel (Méndez 60'), Ilic, Jesuli (Edu 11'); Milosevic. 4-2-3-1.
Málaga: Arnau; Josemi, Juanito, Litos, Valcarce; Leko (Alexis 92'), Miguel Angel; Gerardo, Edgar, Duda (Canabal 89'); Salva (Diego Alonso 85'). 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Celta: Sylvinho, Vagner, Jesuli for Méndez, Giovanella, Mostovoi / Málaga: Litos, Gerardo for Fernando Sanz, Manu.

0-1. 15. Salva (penalty). After Edgar brought down by Sergio in area.
0-2. 90. Diego Alonso. Picked up ball on right of area and lifted shot over keeper.

Celta's brief revival under Radomir Antic was cut short when they were beaten 0-2 by Málaga. With his mind on the upcoming Champions' League game with Arsenal, the manager rested Mostovoi and brought back Jesuli and Vagner into the side. But his plans were altered early on, when Jesuli limped off with an injury and had to be replaced by Edu. The turning point of the game though came a few minutes later when Salva sent Edgar away on a charge into the penalty area. The Portuguese forward was brought down by Sergio, who was shown the red card by referee Turienzo Alvarez, and Salva stepped up to convert the resulting penalty kick.

After that the visitors took control, and only a couple of efforts by Sylvinho either side of half time and another strike by Edu troubled Arnau and his defence. The visitors were always dangerous on the counter-attack, and Edgar and Salva both failed to take full advantage of chances. But in the last minute Edgar found substitute Diego Alonso on the right of the area, and the Uruguayan striker wrapped things up with a lob which caught Cavallero off his line.