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Celta inflict Spanish Cup woe on Valencia

AAP logoAAP 3/01/2017 Pete Jenson

Valencia's miserable season continued on Tuesday when they lost the first leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey match against Celta Vigo, 4-1.

The troubled Primera Division club ended the year in disarray when coach Cesare Prandelli quit, leaving them 17th in the table on 12 points after 15 games.

Club delegate Voro Gonzalez has stepped in as caretaker boss while the club look for their 10th coach since they sacked Unai Emery in June 2012.

Iago Aspas converted a penalty after three minutes when Pablo Hernandez went to ground to win a controversial spot-kick.

Theo Bongonda doubled the lead on 14 minutes. Daniel Wass scored the third five minutes later, leaving Valencia heading out of the Spanish Cup before the 20-minute mark.

The team was whistled off the pitch at half-time with supporters chanting their disapproval at both owner Peter Lim and sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch.

Valencia's president Lay Hoon Chan was in the directors' box at Mestalla to hear the jeers. She had returned to Spain from Singapore after Prandelli quit on December 30 because of what he called broken promises over new signings in the winter transfer window.

Supporters had demonstrated against the board before the match. Indeed, any hopes of some respite from the misery of Valencia's league campaign seems to have disappeared.

Dani Parejo scored a penalty for the home side on 58 minutes after Rodrigo Moreno had been brought down, but John Guidetti made it 4-1 on 75 minutes.

"The game was a disaster," said Valencia keeper Jaume Domenech. "I don't think we deserved to be 3-0 down in the first half, but all we can do is keep working and try to treat the second leg like a final."

There were further demonstrations after the game with angry supporters shouting abuse at players and officials as they drove away from the stadium.

Eibar beat Osasuna 3-0 in Tuesday's other early kick-off in the Cup. Later Atletico Madrid beat Las Palmas 2-0 in their first-leg meeting.

Deportivo drew 2-2 with Alaves.

Alaves were 2-0 against Deportivo at half time but Deportivo staged a comeback and Joselu equalizer on 93 minutes to level the score.

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