First Division - Day 32

Celta 0 - Mallorca 3

Celta: Pinto; Angel, Tamas, Contreras (Lequi 50'), Placente; Oubiña; Antonio Nuñez (Bamogo 11'), Canobbio (Pablo García 46'), Gustavo López; Jesús Perera, Nené. 4-1-3-2.
Mallorca: Moyà; Héctor, Ballesteros, Nunes, Fernando Navarro; Jonás Gutiérrez, Pereyra, Ibagaza (Maxi López 75'), Varela; Víctor (Basinas 61'), Arango (Trejo 83'). 4-4-2.

Team changes: Celta: Contreras, Gustavo López, Jesús Perera for Lequi, Iriney, Baiano / Mallorca: Varela for Jankovic.

0-1. 10. Arango. Struck shot past Pinto after Víctor laid back Ibagaza cross.
0-2. 22. Varela. Picked up ball in midfield and made space to shoot past keeper.
0-3. 79. Maxi López. Ran on to Varela pass and rolled angled shot wide of Pinto.

Celta's brief revival under new coach Hristo Stoichkov suffered a step backwards after losing 0-3 to Mallorca. The initial victory against Deportivo is already history after two defeats in a row, and they ended the weekend in the bottom three, now below Levante on goal difference.

With the match only a quarter of the way through the visitors were two up, Arango beating Pinto after Ibagaza and Víctor combined to set him up, and Varela adding the second with an unstoppable shot from outside of the area. And Víctor and Arango could have added to the lead before the break as Mallorca continued to dominate.

Stoichkov changed his formation at half time to revert to a two man anchor in midfield, and for a time that stopped the rot. Nené in particular could have scored on two or three occasions, Moyà keeping out two efforts and the Brazilian forward heading a third wide with the goal at his mercy.

But with ten minutes to go substitute Maxi López wrapped things up on a rapid counter-attack, and Arango should have scored a fourth when he wasted a double chance near the end. The result ensures Gregorio Manzano's side first division football for another season, but right now the jury is out on Celta. Only time will tell if they make it.