Monday, December 11, 2023

Aidoo saves Celta in the last breath

Celta virtually sealed their stay in LaLiga after defeat bottom club Elche by the minimumwho relied on the great performance of goalkeeper Edgar Badía to preserve the initial result until, at the edge of minute 90, the Ghanaian central defender Joseph Aidoo appeared to give his team the three points with a header.

The negative outcome dynamics -two defeats and another two draws- has put Celta in a loop from which they are unable to get out. Not even the bottom club’s visit to Balaídos has reactivated a team that even had to listen to whistles from their fans in some phases of the match. Aspas and Gabri Veiga are not going through their best moment, and their team is accusing that.

The celestials entered the game plugged in. In the first 15 minutes they generated more danger than in the rest of the first half. Patience, with a shot that Edgar Badía deflected, Hugo Mallo, with a header, and the Peruvian Renato Tapia, with a direct free kick, tested the Elche goalkeeper, an insurance under sticks. The doubts of the Vigo team multiplied with the passing of the minutes, and at times Elche was even able to dominate and step on Iván Villar’s area but without creating danger. Celta, who was not worth the tie, got impatient. His coach, Carlos Carvalhal, looked for solutions with the entry of Larsen, but the Norwegian continues with wet gunpowder.

In the second half it was Carles Pérez who tried the most with his individualities. His was the most controversial action of the clash, which forced Díaz de Mera to review it in the VAR after the locals asked for a Clerc penalty on the former Roma soccer player. The referee ordered the game to continue, and shortly after an omnipresent Carles Pérez came close to making it 1-0 with a shot that hit the post.

Elche, without options for salvation, seemed to settle for a draw. He continued with the lines together waiting for his opportunity in a counter-attack or in a set piece action. The pressure was on Celta, who suffered in attack before what the Argentine Sebastián Beccacece proposed. With a quarter of an hour to go, Gumbau tested Iván Villar with a long shot. It was not the only scare for Celticism. The Argentine Lucas Boya, with a past in Balaídos, silenced the stadium with a shot that went over the crossbar in the 81st minute.

The match was broken. It was a continuous idea and return. The youth player Miguel Rodríguez, who had been on the field for a few minutes, sought victory with a placed shot to which Badía responded again, impassable until At the edge of minute 90, the center-back Joseph Aidoo ended the visiting resistance with a header.

Data sheet

1 Celtic RC: Ivan Villar; Hugo Mallo, Aidoo, Tapia, Javi Galán; Carles Pérez (Miguel Rodríguez, min.75), Beltrán (Unai Núñez, min.90), Gabri Veiga (Óscar Rodríguez, min.75), Luca de la Torre (Cervi, min.75); Blades and Patience (Larsen, min.61) .

0 Elche: Edgar Badia; Josan, Mascarell, Magallan, Clerc (Diego González, min.90); Tete Morente, John, Gumbau, Fidel; Pere Milla and Nteka (Lucas Boye, min.61).

Goals: 1-0 Aidoo, min.89;

Referee: Díaz de Mera (Castilian-La Mancha committee).

incidents: Match corresponding to matchday 31 of LaLiga Santander played at the Abanca Balaídos stadium in front of 11,649 spectators.


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