'Very concerning': Football world shocked by sickening moment

Football star Ronald Araujo (pictured right) being stretchered off after concern (pictured left) from players over a head clash.
There was concern over Ronald Araujo (pictured right) after a sickening clash of heads in the Barcelona football match. (Images: Twitter/Getty Images)

The football world has reacted with shock after Barcelona player Ronald Araujo was rushed to hospital after a sickening head clash.

Barcelona have moved a step closer to securing second place in the Spain's La Liga by defeating 10-man Celta Vigo 3-1.

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Memphis Depay put the hosts ahead on Tuesday at Camp Nou in the 30th minute and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang added to the lead in the 41st and 48th.

Celta striker and skipper Iago Aspas pulled the visitors closer on 50 minutes but had defender Jeison Murillo sent off in the 58th.

However, the game was marred following a sickening head clash between teammates Gavi and Araujo.

The pair collided when going for the same ball, which saw Gavi hit the ground.

However, it was Araujo that stayed on his feet that ended up going down and needing urgent attention.

Opposition player Aspas jumped to the Barcelona player's help and rolled him on his side.

Before ambulance staff rushed on the field after an eight minute delay.

Araujo was put on a stretcher and quickly taken to hospital where further examinations will take place.

"It's scary when something like this happens," Aubameyang said.

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The victory left Barcelona seven points in front of Sevilla ahead of the rival's home match against relegation-threatened Mallorca, and are eight points ahead of fourth-placed Atletico Madrid, who visit Elche also on Wednesday.

There will be two rounds left after the mid-week games are completed.

Real Madrid, who host Levante on Thursday, clinched the title two rounds ago.

Ansu Fati (pictured) reacts during the match against RC Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou.
Ansu Fati (pictured) reacts during the match against RC Celta de Vigo at Camp Nou. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images) (Quality Sport Images via Getty Images)

Real Betis defeated Valencia 3-0 to end a four-match winless streak and keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League.

In a rematch of the Copa del Rey final won by Betis in a penalty shootout last month, second-half goals by Willian Jose, Sergio Canales and Borja Iglesias took Betis within three points of Atletico.

Betis last played in the Champions League in 2005-06.

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