Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang he scored twice as Barcelona gained their grip in second place in La Liga on Tuesday with a 3-1 win at home against Celta Vigo. However, Barca’s victory was overshadowed by the nasty head injury of defender Ronaldo Arau, who had to be taken away by ambulance in the 64th minute. Araujo was lifted into an ambulance on a stretcher, wearing a neck strap. Barcelona confirmed that the 23-year-old “got a concussion and was transferred to the hospital for further testing”.
After the game, the Barca coach Xavi Hernandez said: “The doctor told us he was conscious. He will spend the night in hospital but is out of danger.
“The doctor said we didn’t have to worry, that he would spend the night in the hospital out of caution, nothing more.”
Araujo was injured after he and Gavi hit his head trying for the same ball. Araujo stumbled for a few seconds before falling to the floor as worried Iago Aspas and Eric Garcia called the doctors urgently.
The Uruguayan was put in a recovery position and after a few minutes he was taken to an ambulance which brought him to the field.
Aubameyang’s duo on both sides of the half followed Memphis Depay opened the score at Camp Nou. Celta withdrew one against Aspas, but all hopes of a return were dashed when Jeison Murillo was escorted shortly before the hour.
We were effective, but we didn’t play well, Xavi said. “It was easier against 10 people, but we fought against 11.”
Barca have seven points ahead of Seville and eight ahead of Atletico Madrid, and Sevilla and Atletico play each other at Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday.
Real Madrid, which has already won the title, is nine points ahead of Xavi Hernandez’s team at the top of the table, with a game less.
Securing qualifiers for next season’s Champions League means last weekend that Xavi’s primary goal has already been achieved, but the club’s tough financial situation means the team still can’t afford to give up.
Each place towards the top of La Liga is worth around seven million euros, while the placement in the Spanish Super Cup with four teams finishing in the top two is worth another eight million euros for the Catalans.
They should sew up the runner-up after another win that is largely thanks to Aubameyang, a 32-year-old who has scored 12th and 13th goals since coming to Barcelona from Arsenal in January.
Aubameyang’s electric early form has slowed down a bit in recent weeks, but it’s hard to imagine a Barca player making a bigger contribution to their resurgence in the second half of the season.
Depay’s playing time was disrupted by Aubameyang, but they both started against Celta, and Depay was the one to put the hosts in the lead in the 30th minute, scoring after a great pass from the right. Ousmane Dembele.
Depay then became the supplier for Aubameyang’s first when he clung to him Jordi Albahe threw the ball in and scored for his Gabon teammate to finish the turn four minutes before halftime.
Three minutes after the restart, it was three as Dembele repeated his earlier trick, driving on the right, rolling to the left, this time to turn sprint Aubameyang into a corner.
Aspas took advantage of Barcelona’s mistake as Araujo was caught on his heels after Marc-Andre ter Stegen passed him in the penalty area. But eight minutes later Murillo was ruled out as he prevented Depay from passing and Celta’s momentum disappeared.
Betis reduced the gap behind Atletico Madrid from fourth to three points, and Atletico played a game less on Wednesday away to Elche.
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