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La Liga: Celta Vigo beaten again ahead of Manchester United trip

Celta Vigo’s lack of strength in depth showed against Malaga as goals from Javier Ontiveros, Recio and Sandro Ramirez condemned them to a sixth league defeat in seven games

football Updated: May 09, 2017 10:25 IST
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Celta de Vigo will next face Manchester United in the second leg of their UEFA Europa League clash at Old Trafford on Thursday.(AFP)

Celta Vigo’s collapse in form continued as a much-changed side was swept away 3-0 by an on-fire Malaga on Sunday.

Ahead of Celta’s trip to Manchester United in the second leg of their Europa League semi-final, coach Eduardo Berizzo made nine changes from the side that lost Thursday’s first leg 1-0.

And again the Galicians lack of strength in depth showed as goals from Javier Ontiveros, Recio and Sandro Ramirez condemned Celta to a sixth league defeat in seven games.

Malaga, by contrast, have now won six of their last seven to leapfrog Celta into 11th.

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Earlier, highly sought after left-back Theo Hernandez registered his first professional goal with a stunning strike to hand Alaves a 1-0 Basque derby win over Athletic Bilbao.

Hernandez is on loan till the end of the season from Atletico Madrid, but Real Madrid and Barcelona are among a host of suitors ready to pay his 24 million euro buyout clause.

Valencia thrashed already relegated Osasuna 4-1 with Argentine international defender Ezequiel Garay scoring twice.

Deportivo la Coruna failed to guarantee their survival in the top flight for next season as they were beaten 2-1 at home by Espanyol to remain five points above the drop zone.