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Half-Time Report: Nolito, Iago Aspas give Celta Vigo shock half-time lead against Barcelona

Former Barcelona man Nolito and Iago Aspas give Celta Vigo a 2-0 lead against Barcelona at half time.

Celta Vigo have gone into half time 2-0 up against Barcelona, as Nolito and Iago Aspas gave the home side a well-deserved lead.

Celta Vigo's forward Iago Aspas (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Celta Vigo vs FC Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on September 23, 2015© Getty Images

The hosts started the game brightly, as Aspas latched on to a defensive mistake by the current La Liga champions and burst through on goal before firing the ball across the face of the net, squandering the first clear chance of the game.

The visitors replied shortly after with a chance of their own, as Lionel Messi pounced onto a through-ball from Andres Iniesta, only to fire his shot straight at Sergio Alvarez in the Celta net.

However, after showcasing an energetic display from the get-go, it was the home side that took the lead as Nolito picked up an over-hit cross from Aspas, who then looped a curling effort into the far corner, high enough to put it out of Marc-Andre ter Stegen's reach.

Celta Vigo doubled their lead on the half-hour mark only minutes after breaking the deadlock, as Aspas broke through the Catalan defence to smartly chip the onrushing German keeper from outside the box to make it 2-0.

Luis Enrique's squad piled on the pressure as they looked to stage their comeback but found it difficult to break down the resilient Celta Vigo defence.

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Celta Vigo's forward Iago Aspas (R) celebrates after scoring a goal during the Spanish league football match Celta Vigo vs FC Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on September 23, 2015
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