BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Overwhelmed with emotion after leading his boyhood club to a desperately needed victory, Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas couldn't hold back the tears.
MADRID (AP) — Francisco "Isco" Alarcon has been left out of the Spain squad, paying the price for not playing often enough for Real Madrid under coach Santiago Solari.
Athletic leaves Liga relegation zone after beating Celta
MADRID (AP) — Inaki Williams set up a goal in the first half and scored in the second to help Athletic Bilbao escape the Spanish league's relegation zone with a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo on Monday.
The away victory moved Athletic to 17th place, two points above the relegation zone after 18 matches. The Basque Country club had been among the bottom three since the 13th round.
Spain striker Iago Aspas injures leg muscle, out 1 month
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Spain striker Iago Aspas injured his leg during Celta Vigo's 2-0 loss at Barcelona on Saturday and is expected to be out for four weeks.
Celta says Aspas has a muscle injury in his right thigh. It says if medical tests confirm the initial diagnosis he will be sidelined a month.
The 31-year-old Aspas is Celta's top scorer and the fourth leading scorer in the Spanish league with 10.
Madrid wins 4-2 at Celta for 4th straight win under Solari
VIGO, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema scored a superb opening goal in Real Madrid's 4-2 win at Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Sunday, boosting interim coach Santiago Solari's chances of staying in charge of the European champions.
Benzema displayed exquisite control to get Madrid rolling in the 23rd minute. Spinning away from the goal, the French striker used his right foot to cushion a forward lob by Luka Modric. He then continued his turn and coolly slotted the ball in.
Girona halts Celta’s run in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Cristhian Stuani scored in each half as Girona ended Celta Vigo's unbeaten run in a 3-2 win in the Spanish league on Monday.
Celta was yet to lose in three league games and could have tied Real Madrid for second place in the standings had it won at Montilivi Stadium. It won two straight matches — including 2-0 at home against Atletico Madrid — after opening with a draw against Espanyol.
Alba, Aspas respond to Spain slight with goals in Liga wins
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Within 48 hours of being dropped by new Spain coach Luis Enrique, Jordi Alba and Iago Aspas responded on the field by scoring in standout wins for their teams in the Spanish league.
Alba scored once, provoked an own-goal and set up two more goals to fuel Barcelona's 8-2 demolition of Huesca on Sunday, a day after Aspas ensured Celta Vigo surprised Atletico Madrid by sealing a 2-0 victory.
Luis Enrique leaves out Koke, Alba and Aspas in 1st call-up
MADRID (AP) — Luis Enrique had some surprises in naming his first squad as Spain's coach on Friday, leaving out regulars such as Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion, Jordi Alba and Iago Aspas.
Enrique called up 24 players for the team's matches against England and Croatia in the Nations League.
"I'm not trying to revolutionize, only to improve," Enrique said. "We shouldn't make comparisons to the previous squad. We are not inferior to any other national team, but we still have things to improve."
MOSCOW (AP) — Fans in stadiums about 1,000 miles apart — and millions watching on multiple screens around the globe — were transfixed on a studio outside Moscow where World Cup fates turned on nearly simultaneous video replay decisions.
Iago Aspas had scored in the first minute of stoppage time Monday night, pulling Spain into a 2-2 tie with Morocco in Kaliningrad, but a referee's assistant ruled he was offside. If the goal did not count, Spain would be in second place behind Portugal.
KALININGRAD, Russia (AP) — It took a video review of an injury-time equalizer to give Spain first place in its World Cup group.
Spain substitute Iago Aspas scored the late goal Monday in a 2-2 draw with Morocco. His clever deflection off a cross from Dani Carvajal was initially disallowed for offside, but the video assistant referee overruled the call at Kaliningrad Stadium.
MADRID (AP) — Alvaro Morata was left out of Spain's 23-player squad for the World Cup on Monday.
Spain coach Julen Lopetegui decided to pick only three strikers for the tournament in Russia: Diego Costa, Iago Aspas and Rodrigo.
"It's always a difficult decision," Lopetegui said. "There wasn't anything negative about (Morata). But we thought there were other players in the position who could help us."
Aspas scores twice as Celta defeats Betis in Spanish league
MADRID (AP) — Celta Vigo stayed within range of the Champions League spots by defeating Real Betis 3-2 at home with two goals by forward Iago Aspas in the Spanish league on Monday.
Aspas scored in each half to lead Celta to seventh place after 21 matches. It is seven points behind fourth-place Real Madrid.
Betis could have moved up six spots — from 13th to seventh — if it had won at Balaidos Stadium in Vigo.
Levante player accuses Celta’s Aspas of racist insult
MADRID (AP) — Levante midfielder Jefferson Lerma has accused Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas of using a racist slur to insult him during a Spanish league match on Sunday.
Lerma tells GOL television that "these acts of racism can't happen."
Aspas, who is a Spain international, denies racially abusing Lerma.
Barcelona defender Umtiti out 2 months with hamstring injury
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona central defender Samuel Umtiti will be sidelined for about two months because of a right hamstring injury.
The France international was hurt midway through the second half of a 2-2 draw against Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Saturday.
Aspas penalty gives Celta 1-0 win over Leganes in Spain
VIGO, Spain (AP) — Iago Aspas scored a penalty to give Celta Vigo a 1-0 win over Leganes in the Spanish league on Friday.
Aspas fired his spot kick just inside the post in the 27th minute after Leganes' Erik Moran fouled Jonathan "Jonny" Castro from behind in the area.
Celta Vigo beats Las Palmas 5-2 with hat trick by Iago Aspas
MADRID (AP) — Iago Aspas got his first goals of the season in a hat trick in Celta Vigo's 5-2 win over struggling Las Palmas in the Spanish league on Monday.
After eight matches without a goal for club or country, the Spain international found the net once in the first half and twice in the second as Celta thrashed the home side despite playing a man down from the 52nd minute.
Emre Mor and Pablo Hernandez also scored for Celta at Gran Canaria Stadium.
Espanyol beats Celta Vigo 2-1 to snap winless La Liga streak
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Espanyol scored twice in the first half then held on to defeat Celta Vigo 2-1 for its first win in the Spanish league on Monday.
The Catalan club moved off the bottom of the standings after earning only one point from its first three games.
"We needed this victory to regain our confidence," Espanyol forward Gerard Moreno said. "The team deserved it, and it was good that it came at home, in front of our fans."
MADRID (AP) — Wissam Ben Yedder scored three minutes after entering the game to give Sevilla a late 2-1 win over 10-man Celta Vigo in the Spanish league on Thursday.
The victory moved Sevilla even on points with third-place Atletico Madrid with four matches left. Third place guarantees an automatic spot in the Champions League next season, while the fourth-placed team has to go through a playoff.
MADRID (AP) — Carlos Soler scored with a brilliant lob in the 86th minute for Valencia to beat Celta Vigo 3-2 in the Spanish league on Thursday.
Soler received a pass outside the area and quickly flicked the ball over goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez, securing Valencia its second consecutive win at home.
Soler's goal came only six minutes after Celta forward Iago Aspas equalized by converting a penalty kick.
Spain defends Group G lead with depleted squad
MADRID (AP) — Sergio Ramos' only contribution to Spain in a World Cup qualifier this weekend will be a pep talk to his teammates.
Ramos visited the team's training camp this week ahead of Saturday's match against Macedonia, but the captain won't be on the field in the southern city of Granada because of an injury — one of the many players missing as Spain tries to defend its Group G lead in European qualifying.