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Celta de Vigo 2-0 Atletico Madrid

By Luke ReddyBBC Sport
Celta Vigo celebrate
Celta Vigo had 75% possession in the first half against Atletico

Celta Vigo deservedly beat Atletico Madrid to leave the Spanish champions seven points adrift of La Liga leaders Real Madrid.

Atletico - who beat Real 4-0 last week - never looked comfortable and trailed to Nolito's controversial penalty after he was felled by Mario Suarez.

A Celta handball moments before the foul angered Atletico, who hit the post through Antoine Griezmann in response.

Fabian Orellana added to Atletico's misery, driving in low from 12 yards.

Atletico are yet to host second-placed Barcelona, who they trail by six points, but the deficit to Real now looks a daunting one as the local rivals do not meet again.

So impressive after defeat at the Nou Camp on 11 January, Diego Simeone's side met Celta off the back of four successive league wins, culminating in the most comprehensive derby triumph since 2003.

But Los Rojiblancos were underwhelming throughout and had just 25% of possession in the opening period at Balaidos against a Celta side with one win in 11 league games before kick-off.

Nolito celebrates
Nolito scored against Atletico in the reverse league fixture in September 2014 and completed nine dribbles on Sunday, more than any other game in his La Liga career

Simeone responded to the goalless first half by introducing midfielder Cani for Fernando Torres at the break, but seconds after Augusto Fernandez clearly handballed in midfield, Celta took full advantage when Nolito turned Suarez, forcing a foul.

The striker side-footed his eighth goal of the season coolly into the bottom right-hand corner from the spot and almost created a second for Joaquin Larrivey, who somehow failed to turn home from six yards.

Griezmann swivelled to shoot and force a smart save onto the post from Sergio Alvarez as Atletico faced defeat.

And when Orellana - impressive throughout - found space at the end of a neat Celta move, he took his time to drill across goal into the bottom corner, lifting his side to ninth in La Liga.

Elsewhere in La Liga on Sunday, Valencia moved fourth as Alvaro Negredo's penalty helped them beat Getafe 1-0 and Villarreal stayed sixth despite a 2-0 defeat at Rayo Vallecano.

Diego Godin in a protective face mask
Atletico's Diego Godin wore a protective face mask after fracturing his nose in last week's Madrid derby
Fabian Orellana
Fabian Orellana raced away to celebrate his side's second goal which arrived after a slick passing move
Atletico Madrid players look frustrated
Celta Vigo had not beaten Atletico Madrid since 2007 before Sunday's success


Celta Vigo

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Álvarez Conde
  • 20Gómez Sola
  • 22Cabral
  • 3Fontás
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 6Radoja
  • 24Fernández
  • 14OrellanaSubstituted forMina Lorenzoat 90+3'minutes
  • 23Krohn-DehliSubstituted forLópezat 90+1'minutes
  • 10Nolito
  • 11LarriveySubstituted forHernándezat 76'minutes


  • 5Hernández
  • 7Mina Lorenzo
  • 8López
  • 9Dias de Oliveira
  • 13Blanco
  • 18Bongonda
  • 21Planas

Atl Madrid

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Moyá Rumbo
  • 20Torres Belén
  • 23Miranda
  • 2GodínBooked at 57mins
  • 3Siqueira
  • 7Griezmann
  • 14Fernández ArenasSubstituted forJiménezat 73'minutes
  • 5Cardoso MendesSubstituted forSuárezat 34'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 17Saúl
  • 9Mandzukic
  • 19TorresSubstituted forGracia Calmacheat 45'minutesBooked at 63mins


  • 4Suárez
  • 11Jiménez
  • 13Oblak
  • 15Ansaldi
  • 18Gámez
  • 22Gracia Calmache
  • 24Giménez de Vargas
Juan Martínez Munuera

Match Stats

Home TeamCelta VigoAway TeamAtl Madrid
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celta de Vigo 2, Atlético de Madrid 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celta de Vigo 2, Atlético de Madrid 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Pablo Hernández (Celta de Vigo).

  4. Post update

    Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Santi Mina replaces Fabián Orellana.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Moyá.

  7. Post update

    Attempt saved. Fabián Orellana (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nolito.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Saúl Ñíguez with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Sergi Gómez (Celta de Vigo).

  10. Post update

    Guillherme Siqueira (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Álex López replaces Michael Krohn-Dehli.

  12. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  13. Post update

    Delay in match Sergio Álvarez (Celta de Vigo) because of an injury.

  14. Post update

    Offside, Atlético de Madrid. Juanfran tries a through ball, but Antoine Griezmann is caught offside.

  15. Post update

    Pablo Hernández (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Saúl Ñíguez (Atlético de Madrid).

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Mario Mandzukic (Atlético de Madrid) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juanfran with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo).

  19. Post update

    Diego Godín (Atlético de Madrid) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Pablo Hernández replaces Joaquín Larrivey.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 15th February 2015

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