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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 15 +23 34
2 Real Madrid 15 +21 34
3 Sevilla FC 16 +5 31
4 Real Sociedad 16 +8 27
5 Getafe 16 +8 27
6 Athletic Bilbao 16 +7 26
7 Atletico Madrid 16 +6 26
8 Valencia 16 +3 26
9 Granada 16 +3 24
10 Osasuna 16 +4 23
11 Real Betis 16 -5 22
12 Levante 16 -5 20
13 Villarreal 16 +4 19
14 Real Valladolid 16 -4 19
15 Alavés 16 -6 18
16 Eibar 16 -13 15
17 Mallorca 16 -12 14
18 Celta Vigo 16 -11 13
19 Leganes 16 -16 9
20 Espanyol 16 -20 9