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First Division - Day21

Celta 1 - Córdoba 0

Celta: Sergio Alvarez; Sergi Gómez, Cabral, Fontàs, Planas; Orellana (Radoja 79‘), Augusto Fernández (Pablo Hernández 91‘), Krohn-Dehli; Santi Mina (Alex López 68‘), Larrivey, Nolito. 4-3-3.
Córdoba: Juan Carlos; Gunino, Pantic, Crespo, Edimar; Deivid (Borja García 78‘), Fausto Rossi; Bebé, Héldon Ramos (Abel Gómez 46‘), Ghilas; Andone Florin. 4-2-3-1.

1-0. 56. Nolito. Curled shot past keeper after Orellana stepped over Mina cross.

Yellow cards: Orellana 29’, Santi Mina 41’, Hélder Ramos 42’, Bebé 51’, Rossi 84’, Iago Bouzón 84’, Abel Gómez 84’, Crespo 96’ / red cards: Berizzo 84’.

A win at last for Celta, the Galicians beating Córdoba 1-0 for their first victory in eleven league games. Although they have been playing well recently, Berizzo’s side have not been picking up points, and the coach himself was on a bit of an ultimatum to stop the rot. And once again they had most of the play without finding the net in the first half, Santi Mina, Krohn-Dehli and Larrivey all coming up against an excellent Juan Carlos in the visiting goal. Local keeper Sergio Alvarez also had to save from Heldón Ramos and Bebé, but some ten minutes into the second half Nolito finally broke through with an impressive shot after Orellana stepped over Mina’s square pass. There was a big scare for the home fans though with seven minutes to go to the end after a crunching tackle between Planas and Rossi on the edge of the area, referee José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes at first awarding a penalty, and then after consultation with his linesman and much arguing (during which time Berizzo was sent off) overturning his decision. That meant the long suffering supporters had to endure another six minutes of time added on, but in the end they had that much needed win.