Espanyol: Pau López; Víctor Sánchez, David López, Mario Hermoso, Aarón Martín; Sergi Darder (Diop 82‘), Javi Fuego (Marc Roca 75’); Leo Baptistao, Jurado, Piatti (Sergio García 62’); Gerard Moreno. 4-2-3-1.
Celta: Sergio Alvarez; Hugo Mallo (Hjulsager 82’), Fontàs, Cabral, Jonny; Daniel Wass, Lobotka, Jozabed (Pablo Hernández 59‘); Iago Aspas, Maxi Gómez, Pione Sisto (Emre Mor 72’). 4-3-3.
1-0. 10. Moreno. Picked up Baptistao pass and cut across to shoot past keeper.
2-0. 24. Piatti. Collected return Jurado pass and beat Sergio with angled shot.
2-1. 69. Fontàs. Deflected ball in to net after Sisto shot came off Javi Fuego.
Yellow cards: Iago Aspas 48’, Hugo Mallo 55’, Javi Fuego 64’, Maxi Gómez 76’, Cabral 77’.
Espanyol move out of the relegation spots after a 2-1 victory over Celta on Monday evening. The Catalans went two up with less than half an hour gone, Gerard Moreno shooting just wide before beating Sergio Alvarez with a shot on the turn to open the scoring in the tenth minute. Iago Aspas failed to convert a couple of chances at the other end, but midway through the first half Piatti won the ball off Cabral and worked a quick passing move with Jurado before beating the keeper again with an angled shot. With twenty minutes to go though the visitors got one back, Pione Sisto’s shot taking slight deflections off Javi Fuego and Fontàs to fly past Pau López, and there were some nervous moments for the home fans before the final whistle.