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Crucial three points for Espanyol

Last Updated: 12/01/13 7:45pm

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Sergio Garcia: First-half goal secured Espanyol victory

Sergio Garcia: First-half goal secured Espanyol victory

Sergio Garcia's first-half goal was enough to hand Espanyol a crucial three points as they moved out of the Primera Division relegation zone with a 1-0 win over Celta Vigo.

The former Spanish international gave the hosts the perfect start as he tapped home Christian Stuani's cross from close range on 23 minutes, and despite having more of the ball after the break, Celta struggled to create clear-cut chances.

Vadim Demidov and Iago Aspas saw headers drift just off target but a fourth defeat in five games means that the Galicians are now only ahead of Espanyol on goal difference.

Celta boss Paco Herrera had rested a number of his key players for the second leg of his side's Copa del Rey tie with Real Madrid in midweek with this game in mind, and his plan was nearly vindicated after just 15 minutes as Iago Aspas forced Kiko Casilla into a smart saved with a looping header.

Thereafter though the hosts controlled the opening period and should have been in front five minutes later when Stuani broke clear down the right and picked out a perfect pass for Joan Verdu inside the area, but the midfielder rushed his effort and ballooned the ball high over Javi Varas' goal.

The goal did arrive just moments later as another perfect cross from Stuani to the back post found Garcia with the simplest of tasks to roll home his second goal of the season.

After the break Espanyol were much happier to sit back and protect their lead with the result that the only chances in the second period came from set-pieces.

Celta were first to go close as Demidov nearly marked his league debut with a goal as his header from Michael Krohn-Dehli's cross went jut wide, before Varas produced a brilliant save to turn Stuani's effort behind at the other end.

Herrera then threw on Park Chu-Young, Enrique De Lucas and Toni in search of a goal, but Aspas' header from

De Lucas' corner that flashed past the post was as close as they came to getting a goal as Espanyol extended their unbeaten home run since Javier Aguirre took charge to three games.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 38 90
2 Barcelona 38 87
3 Real Madrid 38 87
4 Athletic Bilbao 38 70
5 Sevilla 38 63
6 Villarreal 38 59
7 Real Sociedad 38 59
8 Valencia 38 49
9 Celta Vigo 38 49
10 Levante 38 48
11 Malaga 38 45
12 Rayo Vallecano 38 43
13 Getafe 38 42
14 Espanyol 38 42
15 Granada 38 41
16 Elche 38 40
17 Almeria 38 40
18 Osasuna 38 39
19 Real Valladolid 38 36
20 Real Betis 38 25