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It could not be otherwise. Iago Aspas He put on his superhero suit again to become, once again, the protagonist of his team’s victory. Celta’s first this season. His goal set a victory on track for Brais Méndez and left even more touched a Levante that has not just raised its head.
Cárdenas, Miramón (Cantero, 86 ‘), Mustafi, Róber Pier (De Frutos, 73’), Vezo, Franquesa, Pepelu (Vukcevic, 77 ‘), Radoja (D. Gómez, 73’), Pablo Martínez (Melero, 73 ‘), Morales and Roger.
Dituro, Hugo Mallo, Araujo, Murillo, Javi Galán, Tapia (Nolito, 46 ’), Brais Méndez (Yokuslu, 87′), Fran Beltrán, Cervi (Denis Suárez, 46 ‘), Santi Mina and Iago Aspas (Domínguez, 76 ‘).
0-1 M. 65 Iago Aspas. 0-2 M. 85 Brais Mendez.
Figueroa Vázquez (Andalusian). TA: Roger (5 ‘), Miramón (58’) / Tapia (4 ‘), De Frutos (89’)
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It may seem like a cliché but today in the Ciutat de València was a real emergency duel. Especially for the granota, who were reunited with their fans after firing them with whistles in the duel that ended up tying with Rayo two days ago. Very different attitude with which they received their players in this match, encouraging from the beginning. In front, a Celta who, despite the flashes of good play in recent games, arrived sunk in the lower part of the table. Surprised Coudet with a front pair formed by Santi Mina and Iago Aspas, leaving Denis Suárez on the bench. Up to five changes in the granota ranks compared to the last league game. All to change the bad dynamics.
The poor state of the grass did not help either in a blocked start of the game, in which the celestial ones came out ready to surprise and dominate possession. The men of Paco Lopez they accommodated themselves to that situation, well placed in defense, and the forces were balancing themselves. It took almost half an hour for the first occasion to arrive, with a shot from Pablo Martinez that got off track. Beltran and Bladesshortly after, they put the Valencian defense in trouble, but Radoja He overcame an initial error by stealing the ball cleanly from the Galician.
The game was enlivened in the final stretch, with some set pieces but without putting any of the two goalkeepers in real trouble.
Moved chips Coudet in the second half, giving entry to Nolito and Santi Mina, and Celta came out again with the clear objective of advancing ranks and getting closer to the granota goal.
Miramon and Morales, for the band, they cooked a play that went up to Roger, who had in his boots the clearest of the match with a point-blank shot, only before the goalkeeper, who went high.
An error in Levante’s exit allowed Celta to mount a quick counterattack that culminated Iago Aspas with a cross shot, well adjusted to the post. Excellent definition at the first touch of Moaña’s that this time, he did not forgive. Respite Coudet on the bench, the players on the pitch celebrated it like a final and the whistles returned to the stands.
Joy gave way to nervousness just a few seconds later, the fault of an action that again had to Blades as the protagonist. Hands in the Galician area, review from the VAR and penalty for the Valencians. Third penalty of four that stops in this league the celestial goalkeeper.
The game then entered a phase of tension that ended with Celta’s second. Levante’s new defensive indecision. Believed until the end Santi Mina, fighting a long ball. Assistance to Brais which, stumbling included, went into the kitchen and defined it perfectly.
Important victory for Celta that certifies the good level of play that it had been exhibiting in recent days.