Phew!! That was some finale to the weekend, eh?
Slapstick defending, comical goalkeeping, great goals - the game had everything. Barcelona were the antithesis of their usual selves - blunt up top, weak in the middle, and most dangerous when balls were being flung into the box. It really is incredible how poor they look without the effervescent threat of Leo Messi.
After Real Madrid slipped up against Eibar, Barca let the advantage slip right through their hands.
Celta were brilliant in attack, strong in attack, and did just about enough in defence. While there were many stand out performances from the men in sky blue, Iago Aspas was the man of the match for me - his tireless running, dogged determination and clinical finishing really made their mark on the game.
That's a great result for Eduardo Berizzo's men, Luis Enrique's lads, though, have quite a lot to ponder.
It was an absolute hoot covering this match with you guys!
This is Anirudh Menon signing out, thank you for reading!!
93' Hernandez gets the ball at the edge of the box, and attempts a snapshot. It's weak and dribbles into Ter Stegen's hands. At the other end a promising Barca attack (made promising by some comical defending by Mallo) ends when Suarez is penalised for a foul
93' Guidetti wins a freekick. Celta Vigo ARE NOT in a hurry to take this
92' OOOOOO PIQUE!!!! Barca's chief attacking threat outjumps Radoja, but glances his header wide!!
91' Celta are keeping all eleven behind the ball now, as they try to hold on!
FIVE MINUTES ADDED ON!!
89' Suarez is furious with the referee. Sergio Alvarez, the Celta keeper, has gone down holding his leg in pain; and the Uruguayan has little sympathy.
.... CHANCE FOR NEYMAR!!!! HE HEADS WIDE FROM SIX YARDS!!!
88' Neymar tries to float his way down the Barca left, but he's bullied off. The ball is then played between Turan and Suarez before Turan plays the ball in....
87' SUBSTITUTION - The utterly exceptional Aspas OFF, Guidetti ON
87' YELLOW for Suarez, for some vociferous dissent
That was something. Pique lays the ball off to Turan and runs into the box. He is right there at the far post to head home unopposed!
85' It's headed clear, but Sergi Roberto loses his footing, but Pique wins the ball back and...
85' Barca continue to probe, and now win a corner
84' As if stung by that criticism (why not!), Suarez drives headlong into the Celta box. But he runs into a cul de sac and Celta have the ball back
83' Suarez has had a horrible night, and he almost makes it even worse by giving the ball away to Diaz. Thankfully for the Uruguayan, Diaz's pass forward to Aspas is cut off
82' SUBSTITUTION - Wass OFF, Jonny ON. Fresh legs to exploit the spaces that Barca will inevitably leave, I assume
81' Jordi Alba OFF, Paco Alcacer ON. Now that the kitchen sink has been thrown in, Luis Enrique has decided to throw in the whole damn house at Celta. There are just three defensive minded Barca players on the pitch now
They've shown the goal again, and you've got to feel for Ter Stegen. He didn't even see Hernandez closing him down!!
79' OOOOO CHANCE FOR ASPAS!!!! The forward runs clear of goal, and hurdles Mathieu's half-hearted slide tackle. Ter Stegen does really well to make himself big, and block Aspas' attempted dink!
78' That's knocked the wind out of the Barca sails. The Galician crowd has found its voice again!
THAT WAS HORRENDOUS FROM TER STEGEN. The German receives the ball from Alba, and as he attempts to return the pass, the ball smashes into Hernandez's face and rolls into the empty net. THAT WAS SO VERY POOR FROM TER STEGEN!!!
75' SUBSTITUTION - Sergio Busquets OFF, Denis Suarez ON. The kitchen sink has well and truly been thrown.
73' Hernandez attempts to lay the ball off to Aspas, but the little Spaniard is still feeling the effects of that Pique challenge, and he's late to react. Cue another spell of Barca possession
72' Sisto and Roncaglia crowd Sergio Roberto off the ball, and then Pique comes careening into Aspas. YELLOW for the Catalan for that
71' Iniesta toys with the Celta defence before raking a crossfield ball to Sergi Roberto. The right back's pass to Turan isn't the best, and the Turk concedes a free-kick to end that move
70' Iniesta, Gomes and Pique are the chief attacking weapons now for Barca - make of that what you will.
69' Great covering from Sisto prevents Turan from breaking free, and finally win a goal kick.
68' Diaz twists this way and that, and he works Celta out of trouble by winning a throw in within Barca's half. Barca get the ball back when Hernandez sends one into the Atlantic
67' OOOOO BARCA HAVE WELL AND TRULY AMPED IT UP! Neymar slips at the crucial moment and a chance goes begging
66' Celta on the attack here, Diaz plays in Sisto... but SIsto's shot is straight at Ter Stegen
65' Celta are punting it long now in an attempt to relieve the incessant Barcelona pressure. Pique brings it right back in, but Turan concedes a goal kick and the Galicians gain a breather
The momentum is well and truly on Barca's side here!
A little stutter, a pause, and Neymar sends Sergio the wrong way. GAME ON!!!
Hugo Mallo is yellow-carded as he is adjudged to have tripped Andre Gomes in the box. That was clumsy from the Celta captain
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