Liverpool flop Aspas continues sensational form to down Real Madrid

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The Spaniard was ridiculed at Anfield but has found a new lease of life since returning to his first club, scoring 13 goals in his last 13 matches

Some players and clubs just seem to be a match made in heaven, and that description certainly applies to Iago Aspas and Celta Vigo.

The Spaniard was left to rebuild his reputation after a torrid two years at Liverpool remembered by most for that corner in the loss to Chelsea that cost the Reds the Premier League title.

Real Madrid downed by Celta

On the back of an unsuccessful loan spell with Sevilla, Aspas returned to the club from which Liverpool had bought him - Celta - and has forced his critics to eat their words.

Iago Aspas Celta

He has now scored 13 goals in his last 13 games in all competitions and scored one and assisted another in his team's shock 2-1 defeat of Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night.

Aspas is only the second player this season to net one and create another in the same game against Madrid, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang managing the feat for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.

Even more remarkably, with his 15 goals and five assists for the campaign as a whole Aspas has now played a part in more goals than any other Spanish player in 2016-17.

Having netted 18 goals in all competitions last season, the 29-year-old is well on pace to surpass that total this term and could even be on the verge of leading Celta to a famous cup victory.

The Galicians will attempt to defend their one-goal lead over Madrid in the return leg at Balaidos on January 25.

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