12 May 2022 | 08:13 | Football
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice as Barcelona tightened their grip on second place in La Liga on Tuesday with a 3-1 home win over Celta Vigo. But Barca’s win was overshadowed by a nasty head injury from defender Ronald Araujo, who had to be taken away in an ambulance in the 64th minute of the game. Araujo was loaded into the ambulance on a stretcher, wearing a neck brace. Barcelona confirmed the 23-year-old “has suffered a concussion and has been taken to hospital for further examination”.
After the match, the coach of Barca Xavi Hernandez said: “The doctor told us that he is awake. He will spend the night in the hospital but is out of danger.”
“The doctor said we shouldn’t worry, that he will spend the night in the hospital as a precaution, nothing more.”
Araujo’s injury occurred after he and Gavi challenged the same ball. Araujo tripped for a few seconds before falling to the floor in fear Iago Aspas and Eric Garcia made an emergency call to the doctors.
The Uruguayan was put into a recovery position and after a few minutes he was loaded into an ambulance and taken to the pitch.
Aubameyang’s double on either side of the first half came later Memphis Depay opened the scoring at Camp Nou. Celta pulled back a goal through Aspas but all hopes of a comeback were dashed when Jeison Murillo was sent just an hour before.
“We played well but we didn’t play well,” said Xavi. “It was simpler against 10 men but we struggled against 11.”
Barca are seven points ahead of Sevilla and eight ahead of Atletico Madrid, when Sevilla and Atletico play each other at the Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday.
Real Madrid, the team that has been crowned champions, are 9 points ahead of the top team of Xavi Hernandez, with a match in hand.
Securing next season’s Champions League spot last weekend meant Xavi’s main goal was achieved but the club’s dire financial situation meant the team still couldn’t afford to give up.
Each La Liga lead is worth around seven million euros while qualifying for the four-team Spanish Super Cup by finishing in the top is worth another eight million euros for the Catalan side.
They should be runners-up after another victory courtesy of Aubameyang, the 32-year-old has scored his 12th and 13th goals since joining Barcelona from Arsenal in January.
Aubameyang’s early form has faltered a bit in recent weeks but it’s hard to think of a Barca player who has played a bigger role in their resurgence in the second half of the season.
Depay’s game time was affected by Aubameyang’s form but both started against Celta and it was Depay who put the hosts ahead in the 30th minute, scoring after a superb drop down the wing. right. Ousmane Dembele.
Depay then became the first service provider for Aubameyang when he closed Jordi AlbaA pass and cross to his teammate Gabonese to end the first leg four minutes before half-time.
Three minutes into the restart, it was three minutes when Dembele repeated his previous trick, driving down the right, rolling left, this time with Aubameyang sprinting to steer into the corner.
Aspas capitalized on a Barcelona mistake when Araujo was caught up after Marc-Andre ter Stegen passed him in the box. But eight minutes later, Murillo was sent off for preventing Depay from passing and Celta’s momentum was gone.
Betis have closed the gap with Atletico Madrid in fourth place to three points, when Atletico play a match away at Elche on Wednesday.
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