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Liverpool flop scores twice (including a gorgeous chip) to hand Barca first league defeat

The European champions were beaten 4-1 by Celta Vigo in La Liga tonight.

Spain La Liga Soccer The Celta Vigo players celebrate. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Updated at 21.15

BARCELONA WERE BEATEN for the first time in La Liga this season as Celta Vigo romped to a stunning 4-1 victory at Balaidos.

Nolito haunted his former club by scoring a sublime opener and setting up two goals for former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas in an astonishing contest which saw Barca’s defence repeatedly opened up by an impressive home side, with Gerard Pique enduring a match to forget.

Lionel Messi hit the post early in the second half and Sergio Alvarez made a string of good saves prior to a goal from Neymar, but Celta were worthy winners and they sealed the points through substitute John Guidetti’s late goal.

The huge victory puts them above their opponents and Atletico Madrid in the early-season table.

Celta have now taken 13 points from their first five matches of the season, while the defeat comes as a bitter blow for a Barca side that had started the campaign in impressive fashion with four wins from four.

Former Liverpool striker Iago Aspas doubled their advantage with an excellent run and lob over Marc-Andre ter Stegen’s head. And the Spaniard added a second ten minutes after half-time.

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