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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 Real Madrid 35 +43 80
2 Barcelona 36 +44 79
3 Atletico Madrid 36 +22 66
4 Sevilla FC 35 +17 63
5 Villarreal 35 +12 57
6 Getafe 35 +9 53
7 Athletic Bilbao 36 +9 51
8 Real Sociedad 35 +7 51
9 Valencia 36 -7 50
10 Granada 35 +3 50
11 Osasuna 36 -9 48
12 Levante 36 -8 43
13 Real Betis 36 -9 41
14 Real Valladolid 36 -11 39
15 Eibar 36 -15 39
16 Celta Vigo 36 -11 36
17 Alavés 35 -21 35
18 Leganes 36 -23 32
19 Mallorca 35 -22 32
20 Espanyol 36 -30 24