First Division - Day 33

Albacete 0 - Celta Vigo 2

Albacete: Almunia; Oscar Montiel, Buades, Siviero, Peña; Redondo, Viaud; Parri (Alvaro Rubio 30'), Pacheco (Mikel 54'), Munteanu; Fabiano Costa (Aranda 46'). 4-2-3-1.
Celta: Cavallero; Velasco, Berizzo, Méndez, Juanfran; Giovanella, Borja Oubiña; Angel, Edu (Sylvinho 82'), Gustavo López (Jesuli 54', Ilic 85'); Milosevic. 4-2-3-1.

Team changes: Albacete: Siviero, Pacheco for Pablo, David Sánchez / Celta: Giovanella, Angel for José Ignacio, Mostovoi.

0-1. 21. Juanfran. Glancing header down past Almunia from Angel's free kick.
0-2. 46. Gustavo López. Tap in on far post from Velasco's low cross.

Celta kept alive their hopes of survival with a 0-2 win over Albacete, dragging their opponents back down into the relegation struggle. The home side had been edging their way to safety, and after their draw against Espanyol last week they were hoping to secure their place in the top flight with a victory against a side who had not won in eight games prior to this one. But Juanfran put the Galicians in front midway through the first half, and Milosevic could have made it two before the break when Almunia just managed to turn his effort away for a corner.

César Ferrando had already had to replace the injured Parri, and he made his second change at half time, bringing on Aranda for Fabiano. But only a minute after the restart his side were two down, Gustavo López finishing off a good team move with a tap-in on the far post from Velasco's cross. Cavallero had to be at his best after that to make sure the visitors stayed ahead, but the frustration got too much for Ferrando who was eventually sent off by referee Pérez Lasa after picking up two bookings for protesting.

Sylvinho followed him down the tunnel after he was shown a straight red for a hard tackle in the last minute, only a short time after coming on as substitute, but there was no time for Albacete to react. They ended the weekend only three points off the drop zone and four above their opponents, and only five points now separate seven sides. Don't write Celta off just yet.