Iago Aspas shines as Celta Vigo stun Barca 4-1 in La Liga clash

The Spaniard struck clinical finishes in either half before Manuel Nolito opened the scoring for Celta in the 26th minute against a substandard Barcelona side. Meanwhile, Real Madrid edged past Athletic Bilbao 2-1 to go on top of the table, thanks to Karim Benzema's brace.

Celta Vigo's Iago Aspas (left) celebrates his goal with his team mate Nolito Agudo. Aspas scored a brace in their 4-1 victory over Barca.   -  REUTERS

Neymar scored the lone goal for Barcelona in their 1-4 defeat to Celta Vigo.   -  AP

Karim Benzema scored a brace for Real Madrid in their 2-1 victory against Athletic Bilbao.   -  REUTERS

Lionel Messi, who scored a brace in his previous game, couldn't save his team.   -  AP

Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas scored a brace to help his side thump defending champions Barcelona 4-1 in the La Liga clash.

The Spaniard struck clinical finishes in either half before Manuel Nolito opened the scoring for Celta in the 26th minute against a substandard Barcelona side.

Although Neymar pulled one back for Barca after 80 minutes, the Celta substitute John Guidetti extended the score line three minutes later.

Coach Luis Enrique hopes his team will learn the lessons from their shock defeat. “I'm not happy to lose 1-4. I'll evaluate and analyse it but it's a test to show how difficult it can be. All that remains is to congratulate Celta. They played a very complete game, in terms of effectiveness and their football,” Enrique was quoted as saying by goal.com after the match.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid edged past Athletic Bilbao 2-1 to go on top of the table, thanks to Karim Benzema's brace.

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