Celta thrash hopeless Las PalmasOctober 16, 2017
Ten man Celta Vigo cruised to victory over Las Palmas in a crazy game in Gran Canaria to round off week eight in La Liga.
The visitors travelled to the Canary Islands knowing that a win would be enough to see them move into the top of half of the table and they took the lead through Emre Mor on 16 minutes.
A flowing move was finished off with a composed side-foot finish from the Turk beyond Leandro Chichizola into the bottom corner of the net.
It took just four minutes for the Galicians to double their lead, Iago Aspas taking a shot from a tight angle that somehow found its way through Chichizola and into the back of the net for Aspas’ first goal of the season.
The remainder of the first half however was dominated by the hosts but they just could not find a way past Ruben Blanco who denied Jonathan Viera amongst others.
The fact that they couldn’t score then came back to haunt them as Aspas notched his second after he had been slid through 1-on-1 on 49 minutes.
Just three minutes later though and Las Palmas were given a lifeline when Pione Sisto’s short back pass saw Blanco race off his line to tackle Jonathan Calleri and although he got some of the ball the referee deemed the challenge a red card offence and the vistors were now a man short.
Las Palmas were 3-0 down at home to Celta last season who then had a player sent off, could lightning strike twice?
The short answer to that is no.
As on 71 minutes, the ball was cut back to Pablo Hernandez who slammed the ball towards goal and although Chichizola got a touch to it he couldn’t keep it out and Celta now led by four.
Aspas grabbed his hat trick to make it 5-0 just five minutes later as he again found himself with only the keeper to beat and he duly obliged.
Las Palmas had created chances around these goals but ultimately could not find a way through until it was too late, Vitolo collecting Viera’s pass before turning his man and firing past sub goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez on 90 minutes.
Loic Remy then added a second in the last minute of stoppage time to make the scoreline seem a little bit more respectable but in the end it was another defeat for Las Palmas who were booed off the pitch as they now sit on just 6 points after 8 games.
They travel to the Estadio de la Ceramica next Sunday to face a Cedric Bakambu inspired Villarreal while Celta will host Atletico Madrid on the same day.