He Celtic exhibited in Balaídos before Valencia the brilliance of his attack with two goals from Iago Aspas and several shots to the post, occasions that certified the celestial victory (2-1) in a match that he dominated without too much concern.
The Galician team achieved his first win of the season and Valencia reaped its first defeat.
Celta had a promising start to the game. Óscar García loaded the attack with gunpowder (Denis Suárez, Emre Mor, Nolito, Aspas); mobility and high pace that allowed the sky blue team to seize the ball.
The first notices were a distant shot from Denis Suárez and another from Emre Mor. Then came a genius of Nolito that culminated Aspas: Nolito advanced from the center of the field with the ball, dribbled to four rivals and near the area he put a great goal pass that crowned Aspas against Doménech. The referee waited a few minutes to certify the goal, until the VAR room validated Aspas’s position.
That goal calmed Celta’s happy cadence, although the Galician team continued comfortable, well placed, with the game under control.
Valencia appeared little by attack, except for a shot from outside the area of Kondogbia halfway through the first part. Javi Gracia’s team had the ball but lacked punch. The shock was equaled. However, Celta was more vertical, more agile. He closed the first half with a launch from Beltrán, a counterattack from Aspas and Emre Mor that ended with a powerful shot from the Turk and a shot from Olaza with a poisoned ball.
The sky-blue advantage burst as soon as the second half opened, as Valencia only needed thirty seconds to draw, with a Wass center from the right that Maxi Gómez accurately hunted, faster than Murillo.
Celta was not distressed, despite the draw. The Vigo team was rearmed with Another genius: a splendid free kick from Iago Aspas, unstoppable.
Minutes after that second goal, Celta touched another. A defensive error by Gabriel Paulista put Nolito heads up with Doménech. The duel was won by the goalkeeper.
The script resembled that of the first half. Valencia was growing, hardly creating opportunities. Only a header from Paulista forced Ivan Vilar to stretch.
Celta waited for refuge in his field. He contained Valencia and came out quickly, ambitious, exhibiting physical fullness. Nolito finished a counterattack with a cross shot. More heavenly danger came in the final ten minutes, with a shot from Brais Méndez to the crossbar and another from Baeza to the post, several minutes in which Óscar García’s team cornered Valencia, without the goal award.
Valencia brought out some character in the final minutes. It was the only time in which he put energy on his rival: a free-kick from Maxi Gómez, which Iván Villar took with a good save, a bad shot from Diakhaby and a deflected header from Paulista, insufficient chances to avoid defeat in Bullets.
– Data sheet:
2. Celtic: Iván Villar; Hugo Mallo, Aidoo, Murillo (Araujo, min. 79), Olaza; Tapia (Veiga, min. 79), Beltrán (Okay, min. 66); Denis Suárez (Baeza, min. 66), Emre Mor (Brais Méndez, min. 71), Nolito; Blades
1. Valencia: Doménech; Wass, Gabriel Paulista, Diakhaby, Gayá; Musah (Sobrino, min. 84), Esquerdo (Correia, min. 74), Kondogbia, Guedes (Vallejo, min. 46); Kang Inn (Remeseiro, min. 46), Maxi Gómez
Goals: 1-0, m.13: Aspas. 1-1, m.46: Maxi Gómez. 2-1, m.56: Aspas.
Referee: Gil Manzano (Extremadura school). He admonished Tapia and Okay by Celta and Escudero, from Valencia
Incidents: Meeting corresponding to the second day of The league Santander played at the Abanca Balaídos stadium without fans.