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First Division - Day 38

Valencia 2 - Celta 1

Valencia: Diego Alves; Joao Pereira, Senderos, Mathieu, Bernat; Michel, Dani Parejo; Feghouli (Vinícius Araújo 89‘), Jonas (Barragán 83’), Piatti; Vargas (Paco Alcácer 65’). 4-2-3-1.
Celta: Sergio Alvarez; Jonny Castro, Iñigo López (David Costas 75’), Fontàs, Aurtenetxe; Alex López (Krohn-Dehli 56’), Oubiña, Madinda; Orellana, Santi Mina (Mario Bermejo 59’), Nolito. 4-3-3.

0-1. 05. Iñigo López. Turned shot past Diego Alves from Jonny Castro cross.
1-1. 40. Feghouli. Diving header after Piatti headed back Dani Parejo cross.
2-1. 55. Piatti. Header from Feghouli cross which went in off Jonny’s back.

Yellow cards: Joao Pereira 31’ Aurtenetxe 33’, Alex López 54’.

Valencia came back from a goal down to beat Celta 2-1 in the last match on Saturday evening, the win taking them above Luis Enrique’s side (and more importantly, city rivals Levante) to eighth place. The Galicians took the lead following a Nolito set-piece free kick in the fifth minute, Iñigo López getting on the end of Jonny Castro’s cross to turn a shot past Diego Alves. Alex López felt he should have had a penalty a few minutes later, but otherwise the locals were in charge from then on, Vargas shooting wide and Sergio Alvarez making top class saves from Jonas and Michel before Feghouli equalized with a diving header after Piatti headed over a Dani Parejo centre. Soon after the restart Vargas went close again, and ten minutes in to the second half Piatti put Pizzi’s team in front, his header from Feghouli’s cross hitting Jonny on the back and deflecting in to the net. As the game wore on though both sides called it a day, the long, hard campaign over for another year. Nothing to show for it except for another season in the top flight, although Valencia in particular will be optimistic after the announcement today that Singapore businessman Peter Lim has purchased the club. They will be hoping for better things in the future.