Two goals from Diego Tristán earned RC Deportivo La Coruña a 2-0 win at RC Celta de Vigo.
Two coolly-taken goals from Diego Tristán earned RC Deportivo La Coruña a 2-0 win at RC Celta de Vigo on Tuesday and took Javier Irureta's side level with their Galician rivals at the top of the Primera División.
Tristán's first goal on 32 minutes sparked angry protests from the Celta players, who felt they had strong claims for an offside flag. There was nothing controversial about the Spanish international's second, though, as he took a through-ball from Juan Valerón and rounded the goalkeeper 20 minutes into the second half. Celta failed to make any headway against Deportivo's defence and Brazilian midfield player Vagner showed his frustration as he was sent off for kicking Tristán near the corner flag with three minutes to go.
Three-way tie at the top
The result takes Deportivo up to third, behind Celta and Real Madrid CF on goal difference in a three-way tie at the top. Madrid will go clear if they win at Real Valladolid on Wednesday. Valencia CF and Deportivo Alavés, who both have 39 points, also have a chance to top the table if Vicente del Bosque's side slip up.
Sprang into life
A game that produced few chances early on sprang into life with Tristán 's opener just past the half-hour mark. The former RCD Mallorca forward was jogging back from a corner when he latched on to a loose ball in the area, turned and chipped the ball home. Tristán did not even bother to celebrate as all the players looked to the referee to award a free-kick to Celta. The alert official, however, had spotted that the ball back into the area had come off Celta midfield player Jesuli Nieto and the goal stood.
Catanha missed a good chance to equalise towards the end of the first half and the Brazilian-born striker might have reacted quicker when the ball broke to him 12 minutes after the break but otherwise Celta created little as the visitors won a league meeting in Vigo for the first time since 1994/95.