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.
Ronald Araujo was taken to the hospital after this clash of heads with his teammate Pablo Gavi. Best case scenario here is mild concussion with no orbital fracture. The good news is it was reported he never lost consciousness. Head injuries need to be taken more seriously #Barca pic.twitter.com/O5QBRQZpH0
— The Injury Physio (@injurysio) May 10, 2022
Iago Aspas was one of the first players on the pitch to attend to Ronald Araujo's head injury.
Aspas also stayed close until the very end until Araujo's ambulance left the pitch.
Respect 🙏 pic.twitter.com/aPBxjOudCp
— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) May 10, 2022
I just hope that Araujo injury is not serious..
— Obi Christian Umeh (@Obichrisumeh) May 10, 2022
Ambulance on the pitch with Araujo being loaded into it, presumably straight to hospital. Had collided with Gavi pic.twitter.com/rFFL8QClhy
— Rik Sharma (@riksharma_) May 10, 2022
Very concerning head/brain injury for Barcelona’s Ronald #Araújo.
Friendly fire head to head collision, carried on & then collapsed several seconds later. Did not appear conscious when teammate moving him. Transported to hospital for for evaluation/CT scan(s)#FCBarcelona #LaLiga pic.twitter.com/nQWxlRlWFT
— InjuryMechanisms (@IMechanisms) May 10, 2022
Ever since Eriksen's case last summer I'm always scared when a ambulance car enters the football pitch...prayers up for Araujo, hope he's okay 🙏
— Milán Merkovics (@MerkoMilan05) May 10, 2022
Awful get well soon
— Derryliverpool (@upperclon) May 10, 2022
— nnis (@nnis_sports) May 10, 2022
Real Madrid clinch La Liga title
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.
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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