Celta Vigo beaten again ahead of Man Utd trip

New Straits Times - - Sport -

MADRID: Celta Vigo’s col­lapse in form con­tin­ued as a muchchanged side were swept away 30 by an on fire Malaga on Sun­day.

Ahead of Celta’s trip to Manch­ester United in the sec­ond leg of their Europa League semi-fi­nal, coach Ed­uardo Ber­izzo made nine changes from the side that lost Thurs­day’s first leg 1-0.

And again the Gali­cians lack of strength in depth showed as goals from Javier On­tiveros, Re­cio and San­dro Ramirez con­demned Celta to a sixth league de­feat in seven games.

Malaga, by con­trast, have now won six of their last seven to leapfrog Celta into 11th.

Ear­lier, highly sought af­ter left­back Theo Her­nan­dez reg­is­tered his first pro­fes­sional goal with a stun­ning strike to hand Alaves a 1-0 Basque derby win over Ath­letic Bil­bao.

Her­nan­dez is on loan till the end of the sea­son from Atletico Madrid, but Real Madrid and Barcelona are among a host of suit­ors ready to pay his €24 mil­lion (RM112 mil­lion) buy­out clause.

Va­len­cia thrashed al­ready rel­e­gated Osasuna 4-1 with Ar­gen­tine in­ter­na­tional de­fender Eze­quiel Garay scor­ing twice.

De­portivo la Coruna failed to guar­an­tee their sur­vival in the top flight for next sea­son as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Es­panyol to re­main five points above the drop zone. AFP

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