3 April 2019 Huesca 3 Celta Vigo 3 La Liga

Sofiane Boufal (Morocco) - played wide left for Celta, limited action in a moderate first half, recovered from a poor back-pass to play a more influential part in the second period. Had a hand in two of the goals, often showing deceptive pace down the left. Subbed late on.

Ryad Boudebouz (Algeria) - came on after 20 minutes to play wide right, left foot free-kicks, cracked a shot against the bar late in the first half, scored third from an Aspas pass, very useful left foot.


A relegation battle that turned into a very entertaining six-goal thriller.

Celta went ahead after a fine Lobotka & Aspas combination cut through the home defence and allowed Mendez an easy finish.

Later on, a Boudebouz left footer cracked the bar.

Although Huesca did eventually get more play they went in a goal down.

And they would go further behind when the impressive Iago Aspas shot across goalie Santamaria after 57 minutes.

It began to look bleak for the bottom side until in an inspired fightback they managed three goals, all from inside the area.

Twice the ball broke kindly for close-in finishes and the other goal was from Chimy Avila making space to deliver right footed.

Much to crowds delight it seemed like a famous victory.

But Celta always provided threats and Boufal (again with help from Aspas) dampened the enjoyment when his shot eluded the home goalie.

Even then Huesca could have won as Enric Gallego came agonisingly close in the final minute.

However, that would have been hard on the visitors who also badly needed at least a point.

For the neutral, it was excellent entertainment though nerve-racking for the fans of both clubs.


report & analysis - John Bethell


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