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Estadi Cornella-El Prat (ATT 13,710) 18th January 2014 - Kick off 21:00 Ref: Eduardo Prieto Iglesias

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Late show from Garcia for Espanyol

Last Updated: 18/01/14 11:13pm

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Sergio Garcia netted the winner for Espanyol

Sergio Garcia netted the winner for Espanyol

Espanyol captain Sergio Garcia struck a superb winner two minutes from time to earn his team a 1-0 Primera Division victory over Celta Vigo on Saturday night.

Javier Aguirre's side headed into the contest on the back of two straight defeats in La Liga, but returned to winning ways thanks to Garcia's brilliant late strike in an otherwise pretty dour encounter at Estadi Cornella-El Prat.

The result lifted Espanyol to eighth in the standings and left Celta 16th, although Luis Enrique's men will count themselves unfortunate to have headed away from Barcelona empty-handed having more than held their own against largely negative opposition.

Neither team created any real openings in a cagey first half.

The hosts struggled to produce a dangerous final ball when in promising positions, while the closest the visitors came was an early header from Santi Mina which drifted wide.

Augusto Fernandez burst forward for Celta early in the second half only to see his shot diverted away for a corner.

Garcia seemed to be carrying the biggest threat for the hosts, drilling a right-footed effort just wide and seeing another attempt blocked by Jonny, while Luis Pizzi's shot was kept out by Celta goalkeeper Yoel.

Celta rarely looked uncomfortable but were not overly troubling Francisco Casilla, the Espanyol goalkeeper only really called upon to keep out an Alex Lopez drive nine minutes from time.

The game looked to be petering out into a draw, but then Garcia's eighth goal in La Liga this term changed all that.

He plucked a high ball out of the air, evaded the challenge of Gustavo Cabral and despatched an emphatic left-footed finish into the bottom-left corner.

There was barely enough time for Celta to regroup after the restart, meaning Espanyol picked up three valuable points.

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Atletico Madrid 33 82
2 Real Madrid 33 79
3 Barcelona 33 78
4 Athletic Bilbao 33 62
5 Sevilla 33 56
6 Villarreal 33 52
7 Real Sociedad 33 51
8 Valencia 33 44
9 Espanyol 33 41
10 Levante 33 40
11 Malaga 33 38
12 Celta Vigo 33 37
13 Granada 33 37
14 Rayo Vallecano 33 37
15 Elche 33 35
16 Osasuna 33 34
17 Real Valladolid 33 32
18 Getafe 33 31
19 Almeria 33 30
20 Real Betis 33 22