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Girona’s Fairytale Soars, Celta Left Grounded

Girona’s Cinderella story took another magical turn, as Portu’s first-half header secured a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo and sent the Catalan minnows soaring to the top of La Liga. Their unbeaten league run stretches to 14 games, leaving behind even the mighty Real Madrid.

While Europe gushes over Girona’s audacious climb, Celta fight a different battle, desperately clawing their way out of the relegation mire. So, it was no surprise that Girona, buzzing with confidence, dominated the early exchanges. Artem Dovbyk’s thunderous header rattled Vicente Guaita’s crossbar, a warning Celta simply ignored.

Then, in the 20th minute, the fairytale took another delightful twist. Miguel Gutiérrez’s inch-perfect pass found Portu in the box, and the seasoned striker buried his header into the bottom corner with the coolness of a seasoned ice skater. Celta, stunned and deflated, headed into the tunnel trailing.

The second half saw a flicker of fight from the Sky Blues. Luca de la Torre’s fizzing shot forced a flying save from Paulo Gazzaniga, but it was about as close as Celta got. Their attacks lacked bite, their passes went astray, and Girona’s resolute defense stood firm.

Despite the narrow scoreline, the game felt like a comfortable stroll for Girona. Their passing was crisp, their movement fluid, and Celta simply couldn’t find a way through. Ultimately, the hosts suffered their seventh one-goal defeat of the season, a grim statistic that paints a picture of missed opportunities and frustratingly close calls.

Girona, meanwhile, bounced back from their midweek Copa del Rey upset with a performance that reminded everyone why they’re the talk of Spain. While Celta cling to survival, Girona can dream of La Liga glory. And who knows, with this kind of form, who’s to say those dreams won’t become reality?

Man of the Match: Portu (Girona)

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