Celta Vigo beaten again ahead of Man Utd trip
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