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2018/2019 Spanish Primera División
  • Iago Aspas (50', 86' PEN)
  • Maxi Gómez (71')
  • Karl Toko Ekambi (11')
  • Alfonso Pedraza (15')

Aspas inspires Celta comeback in thriller against Villarreal

BARCELONA, March 30 (Reuters) - Iago Aspas struck twice on his return from injury to earn Celta Vigo a crucial 3-2 win over Villarreal on Saturday, leaving them one point and one position behind their 17th-placed opponents in the La Liga standings.

Early goals from Karl Toko Ekambi and Alfonso Pedraza put visitors Villarreal in control at Balaidos, before a stunning second-half turnaround earned Fran Escriba his first win as Celta coach.

Aspas, who last started a game in December before sustaining a calf injury, pulled one back early in the second half and Maxi Gomez headed in the equaliser.

Former Liverpool striker Aspas won Celta the game from the penalty spot after Brais Mendez was fouled with four minutes left and he shed tears of emotion at the final whistle. (Reporting by Rik Sharma, editing by Ed Osmond)

Spanish Primera División Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Barcelona 38 +54 87
2 Atletico Madrid 38 +26 76
3 Real Madrid 38 +17 68
4 Valencia 38 +16 61
5 Getafe 38 +13 59
6 Sevilla FC 38 +15 59
7 Espanyol 38 -2 53
8 Athletic Bilbao 38 -4 53
9 Real Sociedad 38 -1 50
10 Real Betis 38 -8 50
11 Alavés 38 -11 50
12 Eibar 38 -4 47
13 Leganes 38 -6 45
14 Villarreal 38 -3 44
15 Levante 38 -7 44
16 Real Valladolid 38 -19 41
17 Celta Vigo 38 -9 41
18 Girona 38 -16 37
19 Huesca 38 -22 33
20 Rayo Vallecano 38 -29 32