Celta Vigo vs. Alavés – Match Report – December 20, 2020

Celta Vigo vs.  Alavés - Match Report - December 20, 2020

(EFE) – Celta added, with two goals from Brais Méndez, their fourth consecutive victory in the Santander League, against Alavés (2-0), a streak that brings Argentine coach Eduardo ‘Chacho’ team closer to the European zone Coudet, who controlled the game comfortably, especially during the first half.

Alavés came out defiantly, with high pressure to drown his rival, something that allowed him to have two scoring chances in just six minutes. The first came after a serious error in the exit of the ball by the Mexican central Araujo, which left Joselu alone against Rubén, although his shot crashed into the body of Tapia. Shortly after, on a corner kick, Ely tested the Galician goalkeeper with a header.

Celta reacted after those two warnings and, almost midway through the first half, he scored a goal in his first dangerous approach: Tapia opened the ball to the left wing to Olaza, who crossed and Brais Méndez beat Pacheco with a header.

The goal stimulated Celta’s plan, which comfortably controlled the game through possession of the ball. He dominated and set the rhythm of the game, despite the fact that there were no great occasions in the last quarter of an hour before the break, beyond a dangerous cross by Brais Méndez that Pacheco cleared, a shot from Nolito that Duarte intercepted or a counterattack that Nolito did not crown before the goalkeeper.

The game opened during the first minutes of the second half. With spaces, Brais Méndez stood before Pacheco, although he closed the counterattack with a bad shot. Alavés took refuge in the balls hanging in the area, set pieces, such as a header from Joselu in a corner that Rubén covered, or in lateral centers, such as one that Battaglia finished off high.

The pace slowed. Celta delayed their lines several meters because they lost the ball, which Alavés now had. The Basque team pressed, pushed and approached the celestial area. But without hurting. Simply, after a good action down the left wing, Jota took a powerful shot that Araujo cleared opportunely.

Celta held out without major imbalances, waiting to take advantage at some point of the spaces that Alavés was leaving in its defensive structure. With the visiting defense ahead, Tapia sent a long send to Aspas, who dribbled over Lejeune but missed against Pacheco.

Minutes later, Coudet’s team had more punch to sentence, an action drawn with a compass that went through Tapia, Olaza, Aspas and Brais Méndez, who scored when he received only the pass from his partner, a goal that lengthens the great moment of Celta’s form, thrown towards the top of the table since the arrival of Eduardo Coudet.

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