He Celta Vigo closed the year with a new victory against Huesca (2-1) to extend its winning streak and to be one step away from the European positions, a victory led by the pair Iago Aspas-Nolito, a headache for the rival defense throughout the duel.
With a suffocating pressure in the opposite field, Huesca bothered Celta at the start. Denis Suárez and Renato Tapia were unable to enter the game, and that was accused by their team, which the Japanese Okazaki scared after three minutes with a header.
Huesca was comfortable, turning the game sideways, but Iago Aspas appeared a couple of times to connect with Nolito, who touched the goal up to three times before surpassing Álvaro Fernández past the halfway point of the first half.
As the minutes passed, Celta took over the ball. Denis appeared in the creation area and Aspas exhibited his quality with a spectacular pass between the lines that Nolito narrowly missed (min.13).
Huesca reacted with a cross shot from Ferreiro, to which Rubén Blanco responded well. But Celta was already in command, hurting with intense pressure. In five minutes, midway through the first half, Nolito had two chances: in the first, his header, after a great center from Olaza, went high; in the second, his shot from the front was stopped by Álvaro.
It was difficult for Huesca to leave his field and from a bad pass from Siovas at the beginning of the play the first celestial goal was born: Denis Suárez stole the ball from Borja García to launch a counterattack that Aspas led and Nolito finished successfully.
Celta handled their advantage on the scoreboard with authority. He controlled the game from the possession of the ball, something that characterizes Eduardo Coudet’s style. He had peace of mind to go out with the ball from behind, despite the advanced pressure of Huesca; he had patience to wait for the arrival of the occasions. The first warning of the second half was given by Nolito with a cross shot, after a Hugo Mallo cross that Santi Mina combed.
The Huesca coach made a move with the entry of Rafa Mir, changing his tactical drawing to have a purer nine and two wingers -Ontiveros and Ferreiro- to gain depth. He had the option of a tie in a lateral foul with a shot from Pulido.
Only a minute later, after another ball recovered by Tapia in the center of the field, Celta drew up a fast counterattack: Nolito hit a long ball to Aspas, who scored the second goal after leaving with a Pulido sprint and then dribbling to goalkeeper Álvaro Fernández.
That second goal enlivened Huesca. He lacked punch in attack, but created opportunities. Seoane finished off a good play with a shot to the post, shortly after Rafa Mir finished off a center high and, to close the best moment of the visiting team, Seoane missed a cannon shot at point-blank range against Rubén, who cleared the powerful shot.
The game opened in the final ten minutes, a round trip that in a few minutes showed a dangerous incursion of Hugo Mallo on the right, a deflected shot from Okazaki for Huesca and, after a good combination, a loose shot from Nolito.
Huesca did not let up in the final ten minutes and kept up the pressure until the final whistle. David Ferreiro recovered a ball near the area and Seoane closed the play with a goal, a goal that added a dose of emotion to the outcome of a match thate stroked the tie when in the 90th minute Sergio Gómez launched a lateral foul that he cleared Rubén Blanco on the goal line, a key stop for Celta to add their sixth consecutive match without losing, with sixteen points achieved from the last eighteen possible.
2 – RC Celta: Rubén Blanco; Hugo Mallo, Araujo, Murillo, Olaza (Aidoo, min.89); Tapia (Fontán, min.82); Brais Méndez, Denis Suárez (Okay, min.72), Nolito (Baeza, min.82); Aspas (Brais Méndez, min.72) and Santi Mina.
1 – SD Huesca: Álvaro Fernández; Pedro López (Juan Carlos, min.81), Pulido, Siovas, Javi Galán; Pedro Mosquera, Mikel Rico (Seoane, min.67) and Borja García (Rafa Mir, min.55); Ferreiro, Ontiveros (Sergio Gómez, min.67) and Okazaki.
Goals: 1-0 Nolito, min.32; 2-0 Iago Aspas, min.60; 2-1 Seoane, min.83
Referee: Munuera Montero (Andalusian committee). He admonished Denis Suárez (min.36) and Hugo Mallo (min. 95) by Celta.
Incidents: Match of the sixteenth day of the League played at the municipal stadium of Balaídos.