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13 Mar 2013
Totally different scenario from what was lived in the derbies of the past season; Deportivo and RC Celta have passed from been the leading forces at Segunda to be two teams in panic at Primera; all of this after just eleven months.

April 15, 2012. Deportivo and RC Celta were colliding at Balaídos as both teams were targeting the promotion to Primera División. The team coached by Oltra was arriving to this meeting after an impressive rally of victories that put them not only at the edge of reaching the goal, but also of breaking all the marks at Liga Adelante.

Celta, meanwhile, was ascending at that point of the season and was targeting to catch Real Valladolid for the highly disputed second place at the standings. Depor won that game in a dramatic way (2-3) and began to dream of the promotion. In the end both sides reached the goal and celebrated a big party in Galicia as, for the first time, both clubs clinched the promotion to the elite during the same season.

But only eleven months later the party is over. Both clubs are having a disastrous season and, for the second time in history, they are facing a new derby as the last two places at elite of Spanish football. The previous time was on the season 1943/44; on that opportunity Celta were visiting the Riazor three matchdays before the end of the tournament, but the club from Vigo was already relegated. Depor clinched an important 3-2 win and also clinched the salvation despite losing the last two games (4-2 at Real Oviedo and 0-4 Vs. CE Sabadell).

Far is the derby of the season 1999/2000 in which both sides faced the Galician derby occupying the first two places at the table (Dec 18, 1999). Irureta’s Deportivo never lost the first place after that game and were crowned as the Champions, while Victor Fernández’s Celta could only end 7th at the standings.

So the derby of celebration has turned into a derby of fear; the panic that a defeat in Friday’s game might be the beginning of the end for the short run of any of these two clubs at Primera. Deportivo arrive as the last place and also as the worst team in la liga since the season 1997/98, time when Sporting Gijón was the last place with only 7 points added after 27 games –Depor have 17-

Neither RC Celta can be proud of what they have done so far on this campaign; Los Olivicos have had a terrible performance on the road losing twelve of their fourteen away matches in the liga tournament. For Depor the worst part is the defense, so far they have allowed 58 goals; the last time they leaked 60 or more goals was in the Segunda tournament 1984/85 (60)

Riki scoring the first goal in the derby played last season at the Riazor (2-1)
This is the seventh time in which a Galician derby can decide the fate of any of these two clubs regarding a possible relegation to Segunda. The first one was the mentioned derby of the season 43/44, then at the penultimate matchday of the campaign 1948/49. The game was played at the Riazor and ended in an electric 3-3; the point saved Celta, and Depor had to wait until the final matchday in order to certify the permanence, this after a 4-1 win visiting Gimnástic Tarragona, which included a hat-trick from Chao.

For the season 1952/53 there was a playoff to avoid relegation, both clubs took part of it and the last matchday was a derby also played at the Riazor. Celta were already saved and fell 1-3 scoring two own goals. So, the two relegated clubs were CD Malaga and Real Zaragoza.

For the campaign 1969/70 there was a derby at the Riazor for matchday 28 (the tournament was composed by 30 games).  Celta were needing the victory in order to clinch the permanence and they did it through a 0-1 win, Depor ended relegated despite winning the last two games in the tournament (0-1 at Mallorca and 3-0 Vs. Granada).

A similar scenario occurred on the season 1972/73; both sides were fighting for the permanence and the derby took place at the Riazor five matchdays before the end. Celta won again 0-1 and clinched the salvation at the end just by a point; Depor ended relegated two points away from the club from Vigo this after losing visiting Atlético Madrid. This was a dramatic end of season, the Madrilenian outfit needed the win in order to certify the title and Depor to remain at Primera; in the end Atlético clinched the gold with a 3-1 win over the Galicians.

The last precedent occurred on the season 2003/04. Irureta’s Depor were just out of chances of winning the title after a defeat visiting RCD Espanyol (0-2), at the penultimate matchday they hosted a RC Celta that arrived needing the points in order to save themselves, but they lost 0-3 and then lost again at Balaídos against RCD Mallorca (1-2), so they ended at Segunda and Deportivo ended third at the standings.



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