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Burnley 2 Celta Vigo 2

5 August 2014

Burnley earned a credible draw against strong La Liga outfit Celta Vigo as Turf Moor welcomed back their promotion heroes.

New signing Lukas Jutkiewicz introduced himself to the Claret faithful in the best possible way by scoring his fourth and fifth pre-season goals on his home debut.

But after twice falling behind, Álex López and Nolito netted respective second-half equalisers for the visitors.

Burnley were without Danny Ings for this clash; the striker suffering a slight calf strain to allow Ashley Barnes to partner Jutkiewicz up front.

Meanwhile, Tom Heaton made his first pre-season appearance after recovering from a calf problem.

Celta head coach Eduardo Berizzo named as many as nine club youth Academy graduates in his starting line-up.

The Clarets made a blistering start as Ross Wallace sent Jutkiewicz through on goal with less than two minutes on the clock.

And the striker coolly lifted the ball over Celta goalkeeper Rubén on his weaker right foot to give Burnley an early lead.

The game then looked to follow a perhaps expected pattern. The Spanish side began to dominate possession while Burnley attempted to win the ball back and break quickly.

On 13 minutes, Jordan headed a left-wing cross by Samuel comfortably into the gloves of Heaton.

However, it was soon the Clarets who created chance after chance.

Jutkiewicz chested the ball down before unleashing another right-foot shot from just outside the box – against the foot of the post!

On 18 minutes, Ben Mee headed an out-swinging Wallace corner just wide.

And shortly afterwards, Dean Marney sent Jutkiewicz one-on-one with Rubén only for the Celta goalkeeper to deny the striker his second from a tight angle – this time on his left foot!

The match then settled down as Celta struggled to break down the Burnley defensive framework.

Despite a pre-season feel to the game tempers became high when Santi Mina clashed with Marney following a seemingly innocuous incident in the centre of the pitch. The Celta wide man received a booking in the process.

On 37 minutes, the visitors finally created their best chance before the break. Joaquín Larrivey was slipped through on goal but Heaton made himself big and kept out the Argentine centre forward’s effort from a tight angle.

Celta made ten half-time changes, with star players Michael Krohn-Dehli, Nolito and Fabian Orellana all introduced into action.

And the visitors stepped up their game immediately as Orellana cut inside onto his left foot and curled a lovely strike against the crossbar seconds into the second half.

The Spanish side – who finished ninth in La Liga last season – completely dominated the opening exchanges after the restart, but were still unable to force an equaliser.

On 64 minutes, Orellana’s right-wing cross was headed over by Charles.

And moments later, Nolito forced a smart save from Heaton as Burnley held on to their lead.

Shortly afterwards, Matt Taylor was given his Turf Moor debut as he replaced Marney with Arfield moving into the centre midfield position.

On 68 minutes, though, came the equaliser.

Orellana cut inside again before setting up Álex López who controlled the ball inside the Clarets penalty area and beat Heaton with a shot into the roof of the net.

However, Burnley – as on numerous occasions last season – responded instantly.

Barnes held the ball up on the left side of the box and fired it across the face of goal to present Jutkiewicz with a simple tap-in.

Celta soon did the same, though. Orellana pulled the ball back to Nolito whose well-controlled strike from the edge of the penalty area left Heaton with no chance.

That setback did not stop the Clarets going as Scott Arfield’s far-post header went just off target on 80 minutes.

Meanwhile, Marvin Sordell and Steven Reid were also handed their Turf Moor bows.

In the end, neither team managed to find a late winner with the draw a perhaps fair reflection of the proceedings.

Burnley will now conclude their pre-season campaign when the Clarets face Italian Serie A side Hellas Verona at Turf Moor on Saturday afternoon.

Burnley: Heaton, Trippier (O’Neill 84), Duff, Shackell, Mee, Wallace, Marney (Taylor 67), Jones, Arfield, Barnes (Reid 79), Jutkiewicz (Sordell 79).
Subs: Cisak, Long, Anderson, Lafferty, O’Neill, Kightly, Hewitt, Gilchrist.

Celta: Rubén – Hugo Mallo (Jonny 46), Sergi Gómez (Cabral 46), Costas (Fontàs 46), Samuel (Planas 46) – Madinda (Krohn-Dehli 46), Goldar (Borja Fernández 46), Yelko (Álex López 46) - Santi Mina (Orellana 46), Larrivey (Charles 46), Jordan (Nolito 46).

Bookings: Santi Mina

Referee: Mike Jones

Attendance: 4,550

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