Alaves hold Celta Vigo to 0-0 draw in leg 1 of Copa del Rey semifinal

It was a 0-0 draw in the Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) first leg semifinal match between Celta Vigo and Alaves. FC Barcelona won 2-1 at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the other semifinal.

football Updated: Feb 03, 2017 09:10 IST
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Celta Vigo's Theo Bongonda (right) and Alaves' Kiko Femenia vie for the ball during their Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) semifinal leg 1 match on Thursday.(REUTERS)

Celta Vigo rattled the crossbar, but could not find a breakthrough as they were held to a goalless draw at home in the first leg of their King’s Cup semi-final against Alaves on Thursday.

Celta’s Iago Aspas was denied by the woodwork in the 67th minute with a bullet strike from the heart of the area on a rain-soaked pitch at the Balaidos stadium.

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Alaves, the 2001 UEFA Cup finalists, who are attempting to reach the King’s Cup final for the first time, will host the second leg on Feb. 8.

Three-times finalists Celta, who knocked out Real Madrid in the quarter-finals, dominated possession for most of the first half only for Alaves to create the first chance in the 40th minute.

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The visitors launched a counter-attack that ended with Manu Garcia getting on the end of Victor Camarasa’s cross and striking a left-footed effort towards the near post that drew a flying save from Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez.

Celta almost broke the deadlock on 58 minutes but Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco kept out Aspas’s shot from six metres.

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Alaves substitute Edgar Mendes had a one-on-one with Alvarez but shot straight at the keeper in the 78th minute.

Barcelona won 2-1 at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the other semi-final, ahead of next week’s return leg at the Nou Camp.

First Published: Feb 03, 2017 08:46 IST