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Iago Aspas fires Celta Vigo to third straight win as Real Betis fall

Celta move up to seventh in the table after extending their unbeaten run to five LaLiga matches.

Iago Aspas scored a brace as Celta Vigo secured their third successive victory with an enthralling 3-2 win over Real Betis.

The former Liverpool forward opened the scoring after 12 minutes when he seized on a mistake from Betis midfielder Javi Garcia on the edge of his own penalty box before confidently slotting in his 13th LaLiga goal of the season.

Maxi Gomez doubled the lead for the hosts in the second half when Jonny created space on the left wing to hook a cross to the middle of the six-yard box for the forward to powerfully head home.

Sergio Leon gave hope to the visitors with 19 minutes left when he slotted into an empty net after Celta goalkeeper Antonio Adan failed to deal with a Antonio Barragan’s cross, allowing Riza Durmisi to square the ball to the striker to score his ninth goal of the campaign.

Nemanja Radoja had a goal disallowed for the hosts before Aspas restored the two-goal cushion eight minutes later with a neat chipped effort over the onrushing Ruben Blanco after Brais Mendez found the striker free at the far post.

Andres Guardado reduced the deficit with a stoppage-time penalty for Betis but Juan Carlos Unzue’s side held on for their fourth win in five matches to move up to seventh in the LaLiga table.

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