El Celta Permanece de Primera.

Posted on June 3, 2013


Celta fans flood the pitch after winning Saturday to secure two things: their own survival and Deportivo's doom. Machiavellian, really.

Celta fans flood the pitch in Estadio Balaídos after winning Saturday night to secure two things: their own survival in the Spanish First Division and Deportivo’s doomed descent to the Second Division. Positively Machiavellian.

Well, Saturday the season came down to a brutal, gut-wrenching finish with every Celtista wondering if the end would be one of tragedy or schadenfreude, as Celta’s hopes of remaining in the first division were pinned to two separate events conspiring for our glory: Celta de Vigo had to defeat Espanyol, and Gallego arch-rivals Deportivo La Coruña had to lose to Real Sociedad. If and only if  both these things happened would Celta survive and avoid the doom of relegation from whence they only just emerged.

Shakespearean, really.

And, somewhat strangely for los vigueses, lady luck did certainly shine upon them that glorious day. A brilliant piece of magic from hero of the season Iago Aspas set up the goal by Natxo Insa that not only saved Celta but in so doing, damned local villains Depor to relegation.

Lovely, lovely schadenfreude: how sweet she is. (Warning: the video below might just move a grown man to tears.)

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