First Division - Day 29

Celta 3 - Las Palmas 1

Celta: Sergio Alvarez; Roncaglia, Cabral, Fontàs, Jonny; Daniel Wass, Radoja; Iago Aspas (Beauvue 81‘), Jozabed (Pape Cheikh 89‘), Pione Sisto; Rossi (Pablo Hernández 67’). 4-3-3.
Las Palmas: Raúl Lizoain; David Simón (Michel Macedo 66’), David García, Bigas, Dani Castellano; Vicente Gómez (Halilovic 74’), Roque, Jonathan Viera; Tana, Boateng (Livaja 66’), Jesé. 4-3-3.

1-0. 12. Rossi. Won ball off Bigas and ran on to shoot wide of Raúl Lizoain.
2-0. 36. Rossi. Turned ball past Lizoain after keeper saved shot from Aspas.
3-0. 57. Rossi. Picked up Jozabed pass and struck angled shot past keeper.
3-1. 80. Bigas. Hooked shot in to net after David García headed ball across.

Yellow cards: Bigas 17’, Roncaglia 24’, Jonny 45’, Jesé 52’, Jonathan Viera 94’, Pape Cheikh 94’.

Celta kept themselves in the running for the Europa League spots after a 3-1 victory over Las Palmas in the Monday night game. Giuseppe Rossi was the hero of the night, the Italo-American striker (who had only scored once in the league this season) helping himself to a hat-trick in the first hour of the match. Jozabed hit the crossbar before Rossi won the ball off Bigas to run on and score the opener in the twelfth minute, and Iago Aspas came close to adding a second when he hit the bar again with a free kick. With ten minutes to go to the break though David Simón had a goal incorrectly ruled out for a non-existent offside, but a minute or so later Rossi got his second of the night after Raúl Lizoain could only push out a shot from Aspas. Before the interval it was Vicente Gómez’s turn to rattle the woodwork, but after the restart Rossi netted again after Jozabed set him up. With ten minutes to go Bigas got one back with an acrobatic shot after David García headed across Roque’s long ball in to the area, and Jonathan Viera and Jesé went close in the dying minutes. The result takes the Galicians back up into the top half of the table, and leaves the visitors six points below them having not won away from home since the opening day of the season.