Barcelona and Celta Vigo met at the Nou Camp with little to play for as the 2021-22 La Liga season winds down. Still, the match provided plenty of entertainment as always with these two, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace led Barcelona to a 3-1 victory over 10-man Celta Vigo.
Ousmane Dembele, as he has many times through 2022, starred in the build-up. He tore the Celta Vigo left flank to shreds and helped the hosts find the back of the net their first three shots on target of the match.
Down 3-0 early in the second half, Celta Vigo picked up one back through a mistake by Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen which Iago Aspas finished off. That was all the visitors had, however, as halftime substitute Jeison Murillo was sent off in the 58th minute for a last-man foul.
After the decision, it was all Barcelona the rest of the way.
There was a scary moment on the hour mark as Ronald Araujo, having taken a blow to the head moments earlier, went down off the ball. He required immediate medical attention as players from both teams frantically waved for medical personnel, and he was eventually taken off the field in an ambulance and transported to the hospital.
Xavi will have a massive selection headache next week against Getafe: In addition to Araujo’s likely absence, the trio of Frenkie de Jong, Eric Garcia, and Jordi Alba all picked up yellow cards that trigger a suspension for the next match.