Deportivo 1-3 Celta Vigo: Aspas stars in Celta triumphDecember 24, 2017
Iago Aspas scored twice in the Galician derby to help Celta Vigo claim a deserved away victory against rivals Deportivo at the Estadio Riazor.
Daniel Wass’ finish gave Celta the perfect start, and they doubled their lead when Aspas tapped in from close range.
Aspas scored from a free kick to make it three, before Florin Andone struck a consolation for the home side.
Before a ball was kicked, Deportivo were only three points behind their local rivals in the table, adding extra impetus to this derby match at a buzzing Riazor stadium.
Yet, it took only three minutes for Celta to score the opening goal, as Wass nodded home a header at the far post after being picked out from Pione Sisto’s pinpoint cross.
Deportivo’s Emre Colak nearly responded, but his stinging effort was well saved by keeper Ruben Blanco before Adrián López curled a shot wide soon after.
Matters worsened for Deportivo when Sidnei misjudged a defensive header, leaving Celta’s top scorer Maxi Gómez in space to find strike partner Iago Aspas who pounced to ensure a two-goal advantage.
In the second half, Iago Aspas arced a splendid free kick into the top corner to put his side in derby dreamland, and establish a comfortable three-goal security.
Deportivo fans were yelling for a penalty for a challenge on Celso Borges in the box, but it didn’t matter, as striker Florin Andone smashed home the loose ball to stir the home crowd, and give his side a foothold in the game.
Having cut the deficit to two goals – and with half an hour remaining – Los Turcos went in search of an unlikely comeback, but Federico Valverde’s long-range effort was not powerful enough to truly trouble Blanco in the Celta net.
At the other end, Celta nearly grabbed a fourth when Maxi Gómez thrust a header which cannoned powerfully off the crossbar.
The final result leaves Deportivo in eighteenth and entrenched in a relegation battle, whereas neighbours Celta edge towards mid-table stability after their resounding win.