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LaLiga Champions Barca defeated by Celta Vigo

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Bottom side Celta Vigo shocked newly crowned Barcelona 2-0 in the Spanish LaLiga on Saturday.

Having an eye on the Champions League second leg semifinal against Liverpool, the Catalans were without star players including 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 to seal a famous victory.

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.

Barca will travel to Anfield for the Champions League second leg with a 3-0 advantage set up be Messi’s excellence at Nou Camp on last Wednesday.

On the other end, the result saw Celta go five points clear of the relegation zone.

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