|First Division - Day 38|
Celta Vigo 1 - Mallorca 2
Velasco, Cáceres, Sergio, Juanfran; Luccin, Borja Oubiña; Angel
(Jandro 88'), Edu, Gustavo López (Sylvinho 75'); Milosevic (Pinilla
Team changes: Celta: Cáceres, Sergio, Juanfran, Angel, Gustavo López for Méndez, Berizzo, Sylvinho, Giovanella, Mostovoi / Mallorca: Bruggink, Jesús Perera for Eto'o, Delibasic.
Celta were unable to save themselves on the last day of the season, Espanyol's victory over Murcia sending the Galicians down to the second division for the first time in eleven years. It was a poor performance though from the Vigo based team, who put up little fight against Mallorca and ended up losing in a flurry of goals right at the end of the match. Moncho Carnero's side needed to win and hope that the Catalans didn't to survive, and Edu wasted three or four chances to put them in front in the first half.
The best opportunity though came after the break when referee Rubinos Pérez threw them a lifeline, awarding a penalty after the ball hit Pereyra's arm in the area. At that time Espanyol were being held to a draw and a goal would have taken Celta out of the bottom three, but Edu blasted his shot over the bar much to the despair of the suffering fans. A few minutes later news came through that Tamudo had scored in Montjuic, and the ground started to empty.
For a few minutes they kept going, substitute Pinilla heading wide and Angel hitting the post. But with the players emotionally drained Mallorca scored twice near the end, Nené running through to beat Cavallero and Jesús Perera chipping a shot over the keeper's head two minutes later. Substitute Jandro pulled one back a minute later, but by then everybody just wanted the referee to end it. Celta had gone down a year after making it to the Champions' League for the first time, and the future of many of the players is now uncertain.