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Galicia dominates as Celta join Depor in the top flight: Liga Adelante Round-Up and Highlights
- Updated: 4 June, 2012
Celta Vigo will join Galician neighbours Deportivo la Coruña in the top flight of Spanish football next season after securing the point needed against Cordoba to guarantee promotion.
There was little doubt as to the outcome of the encounter as the hosts knew a draw would clinch second spot while a point would also give Cordoba a place in the end of season play offs – the Andaluz side looking to end a four decade absence from Spain’s top division.
The game was played out to a carnival atmosphere, despite the lack of a single effort on goal throughout the 90 minutes, and there were jubilant scenes at the final whistle as Celta returned to the Primera Division five years after their final day relegation in 2007.
Córdoba meanwhile, will go into the play-offs where they face Valladolid who fell to a shock 3-1 defeat to Guadalajara at the José Zorrilla. Valladolid knew their promotion hopes were all-but gone after the disappointing draw at Alcorcón last week, and despite taking an early lead it was a disjointed performance from Miroslav Dukic’s side.
The visitors levelled through Javi Soria on the half-hour mark and the home side were forced to settle for a play-off place when Guadalajara scored twice in nine minutes to pick up their third win in four games.
League champions Deportivo were applauded onto the pitch by their hosts Villarreal B ahead of their 1-0 victory against Julio Velázquez’s men at el Madrigal. It was a low key encounter as both sides said goodbye to the segunda, albeit as their exited in opposite directions, and Saul Bodipo struck the game’s only goal 15 minutes from time.
In the fight for the remaining play-off positions, Almería were left disappointed – despite their 1-0 victory over Alcoyano at the Juegos Mediterráneos. Leo Ulloa gave Esteban Vigo’s side hope mid-way through the first half but the hosts were relying on results elsewhere to move them into the top six. These results failed to materialise however as Hercules won 2-1 at Huesca and Alcorcón beat Numancia 1-0. Córdoba’s draw at the Balaidos also put them out of reach of the Andaluz side.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Barcelona B thumped Xerez 6-0 in Exremadura while Elche beat bottom side Nástic 1-0 at the Manuel Martinez Valero.
In Saturday’s encounters Girona finished the season unbeaten in 10 games after a late victory at Murcia, Cartagena beat Recreativo 2-1 and Las Palmas won a five goal thriller 3-2 at home to Sabadell.
The first leg of the play-offs will now take place on Wednesday 6 June as Hércules take on Alcorcón in Alicante and Córdoba host Valladolid.
CELTA 0-0 CORDOBA
VALLADOLID 1-3 GUADALAJARA
VILLARREAL B 0-1 DEPORTIVO
ALMERIA 1-0 ALCOYANO
HUESCA 1-2 HERCULES
NUMANCIA 0-1 ALCORCON
ELCHE 1-0 NASTIC
XEREZ 0-6 BARCELONA B
RECREATIVO 1-2 CARTAGENA
MURCIA 1-2 GIRONA
LAS PALMAS 3-2 SABADELL
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