|First Division - Day 12|
Celta 2 - Atlético Madrid 1
Celta: Pinto; Angel,
Sergio, Lequi, Placente; Iriney, Borja Oubiña; Antonio Nuñez
(Contreras 74'), Canobbio (Roberto 74'), David Silva; Baiano (Javi Guerrero
Team changes: Celta: No change / Atlético: Valera, Luccin, Galletti, Ibagaza for Velasco, Maxi, Petrov, Kezman.
Celta moved back up to third in the table after beating Atlético Madrid 2-1 on Sunday evening. The home side were at full strength but their visitors were missing key players after the international week, Kezman unable to return to Spain due to a temporary problem with his visa and Petrov and Maxi left on the bench after gruelling trips. But their replacements Ibagaza and Galletti put in their claims for a place in the starting line up with a strong performance which left the Galicians pegged back in their own half for much of the match.
In fact the difference between the two sides in the end were their respective goalkeepers, Pinto having a great game but Leo Franco making a vital mistake which led to Celta's first goal. Luccin had already brought an excellent save out of the former when Lequi punted a long ball upfield. Franco should have cut it out, but both he and Pablo hesitated allowing Baiano to score.
Pinto kept out a header from Pablo a few minutes later and stopped efforts from Fernando Torres and Galletti immediately after the restart. But Celta went further ahead when Canobbio beat Franco with a well taken free kick, and although Antonio López headed one back from Ibagaza's corner they were unable to make any further breakthrough.
Bianchi eventually turned to Petrov and Maxi, and then to Arizmendi, but Fernando Vázquez (serving out a one match ban in the stands) brought on an extra defender to compensate. Pinto save again from an Antonio López free kick and Maxi fired another shot just wide, but it was not to be and Atlético went home with nothing. To paraphrase the famous advert, "you play the football, we'll score the goals".