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First Division - Day 20

Espanyol 1 – Celta 0

Espanyol: Kiko Casilla; Javi López, Colotto, Héctor Moreno, Fuentes; Stuani (Pizzi 63’), Víctor Sánchez, Abraham, Simao (Raúl Rodríguez 92’); Córdoba (Alex Fernández 46’), Sergio García. 4-4-2.
Celta: Yoel; Hugo Mallo, Cabral, Fontàs, Jonny Castro; Augusto Fernández (Alex López 73’), Oubiña, Krohn-Dehli; Rafinha, Santi Mina (Mario Bermejo 82‘), Orellana (Nolito 68’). 4-3-3.

1-0. 87. Sergio García. Controlled long Moreno free kick and struck shot past Yoel.

Yellow cards: Augusto Fernández 44’, Víctor Sánchez 64’.

Espanyol kept their hopes of a place in the top six alive with a 1-0 victory over Celta in the last match on Saturday evening. Fresh from their epic comeback in the cup midweek, the Catalans started on a positive note, Stuani and Sergio García having early penalty claims turned down and Córdoba firing a good chance wide. The visitors replied with a long shot by Jonny Castro which Casilla saved comfortably, but with star striker Charles out with a stomach bug they hardly managed a shot at goal after that. After the interval Simao fired a free kick over the bar, and Colotto was caught offside a couple of times in front of goal, but the game appeared to be heading for a dull draw until Sergio García pulled down a long Moreno free kick and turned past two defenders before volleying the ball in to the net. It was enough for a win which takes Javier Aguirre’s side up to eighth, and which leaves Celta now only a couple of places above the drop zone.