The LaLiga World programme continues to succeed in turning dreams into reality for supporters right across the planet. On this occasion, it was exiled fans of RC Celta and RC Deportivo who were given the opportunity to catch a glimpse of their teams at close quarters. Supporters of both clubs took their places inside the Gran Parque Central stadium to witness a landmark event, with the fixture marking the first-ever Galician derby to have been staged outside Spain. Those in attendance certainly weren't left disappointed, with the all-Galician clash proving to be a resounding success.
Putting the result - the Celestes ran out 2-0 winners courtesy of strikes from Iago Aspas and Nemanja Radoja - to one side, the meeting saw members of the local Galician community and their descendants flock to Club Nacional de Football's home ground to see their heroes in action. Fully kitted out with bagpipes, drums and tambourines, many of the chants more commonly heard on matchdays at Riazor or Balaidos rang out from the stands of the Gran Parque Central, with the Rianxeira (a popular Galician song) proving a particular favourite.
Besides the fans, the players also savoured this milestone derby in Montevideo. As noted after the match by goalscorer Aspas, "We're experiencing new things here and hopefully we will learn from them." Deportivo boss Gaizka Garitano, meanwhile, voiced his "pleasure at coming here and having the chance to experience something like this," although he was naturally disappointed by the defeat: "I don't like losing and neither do the players, but we have to move on."
Celta's second and final LaLiga World game will come against Club Nacional this Saturday at 16:00 local time (21:00 in Spain), once again at the Gran Parque Central. For their part, Deportivo will round off their Uruguayan tour on Sunday with a visit to the Estadio Campeón del Siglo to take on Club Atlético Peñarol, also at 16:00 local time.
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