Celta score convincing win over Espanyol

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Iago Aspas of RC Celta de Vigo and Adrià Pedrosa of RCD Espanyol in action during the LaLiga Santander match between RC Celta de Vigo and RCD Espanyol at Abanca-BalaÌdos on December 17, 2021 in Vigo, Spain.

Back after missing two matches, Iago Aspas scored and played a part in two more goals to lead Celta Vigo to a 3-1 win over Espanyol in the Spanish league.

The veteran striker, who missed one game because of suspension and another because of injury, set up attack partner Santi Mina to open the scoring three minutes after kickoff.

Aspas doubled the advantage two minutes after halftime when he curled a shot around two defenders and goalkeeper Diego Lopez before the ball went in off the post. It was Aspas' eighth goal of the season.

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Iago Aspas of RC Celta de Vigo in action during the LaLiga Santander match between RC Celta de Vigo and RCD Espanyol at Abanca-BalaÌdos on December 17, 2021 in Vigo, Spain.

Substitute Denis Suarez added a third in the 82nd after Aspas started a counterattack before playing the ball wide for Hugo Mallo to assist Suarez.

Loren Moron lobbed in Espanyol's only goal with an audacious strike from near the midfield line in stoppage time that caught goalkeeper Matias Dituro out of position.

The second home victory this season by Eduardo Coudet's side at Balaidos Stadium lifted them into 12th place.

Ninth-placed Espanyol, who have been strong at home this season, remain winless in all nine trips from Barcelona.

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