Rossi hat-trick masterminds Celta Vigo win

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Italian forward Giuseppe Rossi scored a hat-trick to lead Celta Vigo to a comfortable 3-1 win over Las Palmas in the Spanish league on Monday.

Rossi scored twice in the first half and once in the second to give Celta their first win in three home games at Balaidos Stadium. Las Palmas' goal was scored by Pedro Bigas near the end.

With the hat-trick, his first in the Spanish league, Rossi matched his total of goals for the rest of the season.

"More than anything, the three points were important to keep our dream alive of making it to the European competitions," Rossi said. "We played a very good match."

The result moved the hosts to 10th place with 41 points from 28 matches. Celta still have a game in hand against league leaders Real Madrid.

It was the second consecutive victory for Celta after a string of four straight league games without a win.

Las Palmas, who have not won an away game since the first round against Valencia, remained 12th in the 20-team standings with 35 points from 29 matches.

Las Palmas complained after a goal was disallowed for offside that would have tied the game at 1-1 in the first half. Celta scored their second goal a few moments later.

Celta visit Valencia in the next round while Las Palmas play at Eibar.

Madrid take on relegation-wary Leganes and second-place Barcelona host fourth-place Sevilla.

Third-place Atletico Madrid host fifth-place Real Sociedad.

Source: AAP