First Division - Day 38

Celta 2 - Getafe 1

Celta: Pinto; Yago, Tamas, Lequi, Placente; Angel, Oubiña; Antonio Nuñez (Jonathan Vila 79'), Gustavo López, Nené (Jorge 67'); Bamogo (Guayre 71'). 4-2-3-1.
Getafe: Luis García; David Cortés, Belenguer (Tena 74'), Pulido, Licht; Redondo, Alberto, Sousa, Nacho (Güiza 74'); Manu del Moral (Pachón 64'), Maris Verpakovskis. 4-4-2.

Team changes: Celta: Yago, Tamas, Antonio Nuñez, Bamogo for Contreras, Pablo García, Canobbio, Baiano / Getafe: Luis García, David Cortés, Licht, Redondo, Alberto, Sousa, Nacho, Verpakovskis for Pato Abbondanzieri, Contra, Paredes, Mario Cotelo, Casquero, Celestini, Albín, Pachón.

0-1. 25. Redondo. Fired ball back past Pinto after Sousa shot blocked.
1-1. 36. Bamogo. Picked up Nené cross and rounded defender to score.
2-1. 66. Lequi. Header down past keeper from Gustavo López free kick.

Celta return to the second division just a couple of years after coming back up despite a 2-1 win over Getafe. The visitors were thinking more about their upcoming cup final, but despite putting out a much changed line up they had the better of the early minutes, Redondo shooting just over the bar before opening the scoring a few minutes later, beating Pinto with a powerful shot from the edge of the area after a defender had blocked Sousa's first effort. And Maris could have added a second soon afterwards had Pinto not been on his toes.

That brought the best out of the Galicians though, Nené and Gustavo López going close, and ten minutes later they were level when Bamogo picked up Nené's cross from the left wing and turned his marker before clipping a shot back past Luis García.

Manu, Nacho and Maris could have restored the lead for the Madrid based side either side of half time, but Gustavo López hit the post with a free kick, and midway through the second half the fans went wild when Lequi headed another free kick from the Argentinian veteran down past the keeper.

At that moment Betis were only drawing and Celta were out of the drop zone, but then news came in that Edu had scored twice and it was all over and they were down. Stoichkov will be staying on though, and he will be hoping to bring them back as soon as possible to the top flight, which is where a club of their stature belongs.