The Saint: Las Palmas V Celta Vigo
After the disappointing result last Sunday, UD Las Palmas entertain RC Celta de Vigo.
Las Palmas are just one place below Vigo so tonight’s game is very important and they will want to maintain their top half place in the league.
Last Sunday away at Villarreal, Las Palmas again lost the game in injury time despite going 1-0 up in the first half after a delightful goal by Prince Boateng. But a very dubious penalty and a last minute winner by Villarreal, again cost LP the 3 pts.
On 6 mins, Vigo go 1-0 up when a free kick, deflected off Wass, wrong foots Raul in the home goal.
On 9 mins the home side click into life and after a good passing move, they win a corner.
On 12 mins the stadium goes wild with the home fans waving black bin-liners to protest the poor refereeing they have received this season which has so far cost them points. The whole stadium joins in with the minute-long protest.
On 14 mins the stadium goes silent as Vigo go 2-0 up. Celta play a ball across the top of the home defense and Aspas chips it over the on rushing Raul into an empty net. Things get worse for the home side 7 mins later when they give the ball away to Aspas who again finds the back of the net with a low shot into the bottom left corner. 3 – 0 down after 21 mins, LP face a massive up hill battle now to get something from the game.
LP have plenty of possession but only manage there first real shot on goal after 30 mins but the Viera shot is easily saved.
More efforts follow from Vicente and Boateng but both efforts go wide.
LP are now putting some pressure on Vigo just before half time but the away defense are staying strong.
Half Time – Las Palmas 0 Celta Vigo 3
The Saint’s Half Time Verdict – LP getting plenty of possession but find themselves 3 down to some well taken goals by Vigo.
LP are finding it hard to break the visitors down, only managing a couple of long range efforts.
Raúl in the home goal had no chance with the first and last of the scoring shots but was left stranded for the 2nd when he should have done better.
LP need an early goal to get them back into this match and a change of tactics is clearly needed.
LP get off to a better start and within 2 mins a good shot by Garcia goes past the post.
LP win a free kick just outside the box, Viera floats a ball into it’s centre where Bigas out jumps everyone to head one home. 1-3. Just the start the home side needed, and now they are putting pressure on the Vigo defence.
But at the other end, an amazing run from the Vigo fullback, beats 3 men though see’s his shot hit the left hand post and go wide, they were really unlucky there.
LP bring on Marko Livaja and are now playing two upfront.
Within 3 mins Livaja draws a foul in the box and the ref gives a penalty and more importantly Vigo are reduced to 10 men with Gomez picking up his 2nd yellow for the foul.
Viera steps up and puts his right footed shot into the bottom left hand corner. 2-3.
With Vigo needing to reshuffle their formation, the home side breaks once again down the right and a great ball across from Macedo finds Prince Boateng at the far post to score and makes the teams level at 3-3 with still 20 mins to go.
The crowd goes utterly wild with 2 goals in 2 mins and now they believe they can go on and win this match.
LP keep pushing for the winner, but at the other end Vigo look dangerous on the break and in the last few minutes they get a couple of good chances, one of which hits the cross bar from a tight angle.
Final Score – Las Palmas 3 Celta Vigo 3
The Verdict of The Saint – A very entertaining game which saw 6 goals, 9 bookings and 1 red card.
A great 2nd half come-back from the home team which, with 20 mins to go, and playing against 10 men, they should have gone on to win; but in the end were lucky to get the draw with Vigo who had a couple of really good chances near the end.
A crowd of 21,194 would have enjoyed the entertainment, but those who left at Half time when they were losing 3-0 must surely now be gutted that they didn’t stay and cheer the boys on in the 2nd half.
Next home game is Saturday 5th November against Eibar, who sit in 8th place, 2 positions higher than LP and 2 points better off.
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