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17 Dec 2005
Deportivo won the first Galician derby of the new era, and did so with a categoric score. Caparros' men dominated the match and closed the score sheet in the first half after three goals. With this important victory, Deportivo climb to the third spot and can only be surpassed by Real Madrid, which means that they have finally reached the Champions League positions.

Everything hinted at a balanced and fierce battle, with Celta being under more pressure in front of their home crowd. Depor had humiliated them two seasons ago with a comprehensive 5-0 defeat, that would seal Celta's relegation. The new Celta wanted revenge and it would have been a good opportunity to achieve in front their fans. Depor on the other hand was finally in reach of the Champions League places and was also facing a direct rival, which meant any points taken from the Balaidos would be worth gold.

Celta Vigo started the match as usual when playing at home, by trying to take control of the ball and set the pace of the encounter. Depor were more calm, they were playing cautious, waiting for an opportunity. So it was Celta creating more danger in the first few minutes, but nothing Depor's defense couldn't handle. The 23rd minute finally brought the first dangerous play from Deportivo, as Tristan collected a ball near the box and gave an excellent pass to the onrushing Munitis. Pinto had no chance in stopping the fast winger and commited a clear foul, which prompted the referee to giva a penalty and a red card to the Celta goalkeeper. Vasquez was forced to do a substitution, sacrificing Silva for his second goalkeeper, Esteban, but he couldn't stop Tristan's shot.

With a numerical advantage on the pitch and the score sheet, Depor took control of the midfield and few minutes before the break it was Valeron who scored the second goal after a beautiful individual play. The forward had entered the box with the ball at his feet and created some space between the Celta defenders before placing the ball at the long post. The match was starting to resemble the last two Galician derbies and Celta's players were clearly affected. Even more so when Capdevila scored the third goal from a free kick, just moments before half time.

Celta didn't give up the match even with this score, but Depor were also ready to inflict more damage on their rivals. Finally Vasquez reacted during the second half and made another change, enforcing the defense with Mendez instead of N???±ez. He also demanded a more direct approach to the goal, but Depor's defense stood firm, Colo and Andrade made no concessions. Contrary to the public demands, Vasquez didn't change much with his third substitution, leaving Gustavo Lopez on the bench and sending Larena on the pitch.

Shortly after the hour, Tristan had the chance to raise the score again from the penalty spot, after Munitis was savagely brought down by Lequi in the box, but the Sevillan striker shot wide. Minutes later Ivan Carril got his chance to play when he replaced Munitis and Scaloni also entered for Duscher. But nothing happened on the pitch in the last minutes of the match, and Celta's fans started to leave the stadium even before the whistle.

Depor finally achieved three wins in a row this season, and the result is a Champions League position. The steady progress of the last period is becoming obvious and the next encounter against Espanyol is a good opportunity to consolidate this position. Celta on the other hand fall down to seventh place and are out of Europe for the time being.

Deportivo: Molina; Manuel Pablo, Andrade, Juanma (Coloccini,m.33), Capdevila; Duscher (Scaloni, m.71), Sergio; Munitis (Iv??n Carril, m.66), Valer??n, Romero; Trist??n.
Celta: Pinto; Angel, Sergio, Lequi, Placente; Iriney (Jorge Larena,m.62), Oubi?±a; N???±ez (M?©ndez, m. 58), Canobbio, Silva (Esteban, m.26); Baiano.
Goals: 0-1: m. 24, Trist??n from a penalty. 0-2: m.42, Valer??n. 0-3: m. 47, Capdevila.
Referee: Undiano Mallenco (Navarra). Showed a direct red card to Pinto; yellow cards to Iriney, M?©ndez and Angel from Celta and to Juanma, Trist??n and Andrade from Deportivo.
Venue: Bala?­dos (18.000 attendees).

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