Celta Vigo 2-1 Las Palmas: Hosts rally back to dash Paco Jemez’s dreamsMarch 5, 2018
90 years ago, Erik Exposito’s great-grandfather, Graciliano Luis, scored the first goal to ripple the net of Balaidos. Now, his goal may not go down in the history books in quite the same way, but it could have been a monumental moment in Las Palmas’ history.
That was until Leandro Chichizola palmed a tame shot into the path of the unmarked Jonny Castro at the far post.
A win for Las Palmas would have been enough to drag them out of the bottom three, but they were instead left to settle for nothing, a point behind Levante on goal difference the day after the Valencia-based side sacked coach Juan Roman Lopez Muniz.
Paco Jemez’s side showed their desire to stay up, with Chichizola making amends with several good stops as the second half wore on, but ultimately lacked the cutting edge in the final third to capitalise on any of their chances.
The Canary Islanders kept pressing, but it was the home side who capitalised as they lost their focus at the back in the hunt for a winner.
Superb work down the right flank from Iago Aspas saw him cut back to Pablo Hernandez to chest, head and then fire a volley into the top corner of the net before three Las Palmas men on the line.
Juan Carlos Unzue’s team were good value for their victory, which took them to ninth and kept European hopes alive with only their second win in their last six games, despite remaining unbeaten at home since before the winter break.