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Celta Vigo 2-0 Barcelona: Spanish champions rest Messi, Suarez & Pique in shock defeat

Iago Aspas celebrates his goal with team-mates
Iago Aspas' goal was his fifth in his last four home league appearances against Barcelona

Newly-crowned La Liga champions Barcelona fell to a shock defeat by Celta Vigo after resting Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique.

Maxi Gomez opened the scoring for Celta after they had a goal ruled out by the video assistant referee (VAR).

VAR later awarded Celta a penalty and Iago Aspas converted from the spot.

Barca will play Liverpool on Tuesday in their Champions League semi-final second leg and hold a 3-0 advantage ahead of their trip to Anfield.

Ernesto Valverde's side - who were also without Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba - lost Ousmane Dembele to injury early on.

It took until the 28th minute for the game to witness its first shot on target, with Barca keeper Jasper Cillessen smothering Okay Yokuslu's effort from the edge of the box.

Celta thought they had scored five minutes into the second half when Nestor Araujo headed in from close range after Cillessen had parried Gustavo Cabral's header into his path, but VAR ruled Araujo offside.

They broke the deadlock in the 67th minute when Gomez cleverly finished Ryad Boudebouz's cross.

With two minutes remaining, Moussa Wague handled the ball in the box. VAR awarded the penalty, which Aspas fired past Cillessen for his seventh league goal of the season.

The result saw Celta go five points clear of the relegation zone.

Line-ups

Celta Vigo

  • 13Blanco
  • 2Mallo
  • 22Cabral
  • 4Araújo
  • 15Olaza
  • 24BoudebouzSubstituted forSánchezat 85'minutes
  • 5Yokuslu
  • 14Lobotka
  • 19BoufalBooked at 31minsSubstituted forMéndezat 71'minutes
  • 10Iago Aspas
  • 9GómezSubstituted forBeltránat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Álvarez
  • 3Costas
  • 8Beltrán
  • 11Sisto
  • 16Hjulsager
  • 21Sánchez
  • 23Méndez

Barcelona

  • 13Cillessen
  • 40Wagué
  • 6TodiboBooked at 55minsSubstituted forMurilloat 68'minutes
  • 23UmtitiBooked at 29mins
  • 24VermaelenBooked at 14mins
  • 28Puig
  • 8ArthurSubstituted forVidalat 62'minutesBooked at 79mins
  • 21Aleñá
  • 11DembéléSubstituted forColladoat 6'minutes
  • 19BoatengBooked at 72mins
  • 14Malcom

Substitutes

  • 2Nélson Semedo
  • 7Coutinho
  • 15Lenglet
  • 17Murillo
  • 22Vidal
  • 30Peña
  • 34Collado
Referee:
José María Sánchez Martínez
Attendance:
22,519

Match Stats

Home TeamCelta VigoAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Celta de Vigo 2, Barcelona 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celta de Vigo 2, Barcelona 0.

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Samuel Umtiti.

Attempt blocked. Iago Aspas (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Néstor Araújo.

Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Okay Yokuslu (Celta de Vigo).

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Fran Beltrán replaces Maxi Gómez because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Maxi Gómez (Celta de Vigo) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Celta de Vigo 2, Barcelona 0. Iago Aspas (Celta de Vigo) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match (Barcelona).

VAR: Penalty Kick. Referee decision on field cancelled.

Penalty conceded by Moussa Wagué (Barcelona) with a hand ball in the penalty area.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Jozabed Sánchez replaces Ryad Boudebouz.

Álex Collado (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Brais Méndez (Celta de Vigo).

Booking

Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

Okay Yokuslu (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Néstor Araújo (Celta de Vigo) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Hugo Mallo following a corner.

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Thomas Vermaelen.

Attempt missed. Brais Méndez (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Iago Aspas.

Attempt missed. Arturo Vidal (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Álex Collado.

Foul by Arturo Vidal (Barcelona).

Lucas Olaza (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Kevin-Prince Boateng (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Brais Méndez replaces Sofiane Boufal.

Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Iago Aspas (Celta de Vigo).

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Jeison Murillo replaces Jean-Clair Todibo because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Celta de Vigo 1, Barcelona 0. Maxi Gómez (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ryad Boudebouz with a cross.

Attempt saved. Maxi Gómez (Celta de Vigo) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryad Boudebouz with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Arturo Vidal replaces Arthur.

Attempt missed. Carles Aleñá (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Moussa Wagué.

Malcom (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo).

Kevin-Prince Boateng (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 4th May 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barcelona36258386345283
2Atl Madrid36228652262674
3Real Madrid352051059392065
4Getafe351413844311355
5Sevilla361671359461355
6Valencia35121674032852
7Ath Bilbao35121493841-350
8Real Sociedad361211134243-147
9Espanyol361211134450-647
10Alavés361211133646-1047
11Leganés361112133639-345
12Real Betis35128154050-1044
13Eibar351013124347-443
14Celta Vigo361010165057-740
15Villarreal35913134447-340
16Levante361010165563-840
17Girona35910163547-1237
18Real Valladolid35811162948-1935
19Rayo Vallecano3687213866-2831
20Huesca35612173856-1830
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