Celta Vigo couldn’t manage more than a scoreless home draw against determined Alaves in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semifinal on Thursday.
The winner of next Wednesday’s return game will face two-time defending champion Barcelona or Atletico Madrid. Barcelona won 2-1 in Madrid on Wednesday.
It was a lacklustre game in Vigo, with few scoring chances created by either side under steady rain at Balaidos Stadium.
Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas had the best chances for the hosts in the second half, first with a dangerous strike saved by Alaves goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco in the 58th minute, and then with a powerful shot that struck the crossbar in the 67th.
Celta midfielder Pablo Hernandez also was denied by the woodwork in the 87th.
Alaves had its best opportunity before half-time, when a close-range flick by midfielder Manu Garcia was remarkably saved by Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez.
Both teams are seeking their first Copa del Rey title – Vigo are four-times runners-up, while Alaves have never been to the final.