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Celta Vigo lost to Barcelona 3-1 in LaLiga

Barcelona tightens its grip on second place in LaLiga, moving seven points clear of Sevilla in third after beating Celta Vigo 3-1 at Camp Nou.

Memphis Depay opened the scoring for the hosts before a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace put them in control.

Iago Aspas grabbed what proved a consolation for Celta, who finished with 10 men after Jeison Murillo was sent off.

The injury somewhat marred the Barca victory to Ronald Araujo, who was taken to hospital with a concussion following an accidental clash of heads with Gavi.

Starting lineup:

BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Dani Alves, Ronald Araujo, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba; Gavi, Frenkie de Jong, Memphis Depay; Ousmane Dembele, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres.

SUBS: Neto, Arnau Tenas, Martin Braithwaite, Samuel Umtiti, Ansu Fati, Oscar Mingueza, Clement Lenglet, Alvaro Sanz, Luuk de Jong, Jandro Orellana, Adama Traore, Riqui Puig.

CELTA VIGO (4-1-3-2): Matias Dituro; Kevin Vazquez, Joseph Aidoo, Nestor Araujo, Javi Galan; Fran Beltran; Brais Mendez, Denis Suarez, Franco Cervi; Thiago Galhardo, Iago Aspas.

SUBS: Ruben Blanco, Gabriel Veiga, Augusto Solari, Jose Manuel Fontan, Jeison Murillo, Jorge Carrillo Balea, Renato Tapia, Orbelin Pineda.

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Goals:

DEPAY!!! 1-0 BARCELONA! The Netherlands international open the scoring, but he owes a lot of credit to Dembele. The former Borussia Dortmund winger bursts into life with an electrifying change of pace down the right flank. He then has the presence of mind to square the ball for Depay, who sweeps a first-time shot past Dituro.

AUBAMEYANG!!! 2-0 BARCA! Breathing space for the hosts! Depay turns provider on this occasion as his cross is not cleared correctly by Araujo, and Aubameyang reacts quickly to fire into the far corner.

AUBAMEYANG!!! 3-0 BARCA! What a start to the second half by the hosts. Barca may well have just sealed the points less than two minutes after the restart. Dembele darts into the area and picks out Aubameyang, who sweeps home number three.

ASPAS!!! 3-1! Hope for Celta! What a mix-up in the Barca defence. Ter Stegen misplaces his attempted pass to Araujo, and Galhardo quickly finds Aspas, who slots into the bottom corner.

So, what’s next?

Barca will secure second place with victory over Getafe on Sunday – the same day Celta looks to get back to winning ways against Elche.

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