Cesc Fabregas inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo to open up a four-point lead in La Liga.

Alexis Sanchez continued his fine scoring form when he tapped in the opener after nine minutes.

Barcelona went 2-0 up early in the second half when Fabregas's drive rebounded off goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez and into the net.

Fabregas completed the scoring with a clinical finish in the 54th minute.

Sanchez scored his sixth goal of the season to get the visitors up and running.

Fabregas was played through on goal by Pedro and, after his shot was beaten away by Yoel, Sanchez tapped in the rebound.

The visitors then went close on the break as Lionel Messi's shot flew across goal.

But Celta improved significantly as the half progressed and on-loan midfielder Rafinha Alcantara was inches away from equalising against his parent club in the 28th minute with a driven effort just wide.

Barca doubled their advantage in the 48th minute when Fabregas's effort from 25 yards hit the bar and rebounded into the net off Yoel in the Celta goal.

It was 3-0 six minutes later as Messi again fed Fabregas, who drilled the ball low past Yoel at his near post.

Elsewhere, Malaga ended their three-game losing streak with a 0-0 draw at Espanyol .

Malaga twice went close in a five-minute spell just before half-time when Roque Santa Cruz hit the crossbar and Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla pushed Eliseu Pereira's shot on to the post.

Espanyol striker Sergio Garcia missed a chance to snatch the win in the 86th minute as Malaga keeper Willy Caballero produced a reflex save to parry a close-range effort.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Celta de Vigo

  • 13 Rodríguez Oterino
  • 02 Mallo Novegil
  • 15 Aurtenetxe (Rodríguez Dovale - 55' )
  • 04 Oubiña
  • 22 Cabral Booked
  • 03 Fontás
  • 08 López Sánchez
  • 12 Alcántara do Nascimento Booked
  • 11 Dias de Oliveira
  • 24 Fernández Booked (Mina Lorenzo - 59' )
  • 10 Agudo Durán (Orellana - 69' )

Substitutes

  • 14 Orellana
  • 17 Madinda
  • 18 Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 20 Rodríguez Dovale
  • 21 Llorca Ripoll
  • 29 Mina Lorenzo
  • 30 Costas

Barcelona

  • 01 Valdés
  • 22 Dani Alves
  • 21 Adriano (Montoya - 31' )
  • 16 Busquets
  • 15 Bartra
  • 05 Puyol
  • 17 Song
  • 04 Fábregas Booked (Iniesta - 70' )
  • 10 Messi
  • 09 Sánchez (Tello - 83' )
  • 07 Pedro

Substitutes

  • 02 Montoya
  • 06 Xavi
  • 08 Iniesta
  • 11 Neymar
  • 13 Pinto Colorado
  • 14 Mascherano
  • 20 Tello
Ref: David Fernández Borbalán
Att: 26,636

Match Stats

Shots

12 20

On target

4 8

Corners

5 7

Fouls

17 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Celta de Vigo 0, Barcelona 3.

90:00 +2:05 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Celta de Vigo 0, Barcelona 3.

90:00 +2:02

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dani Alves.

90:00 +0:32

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Yoel.

90:00 +0:31

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexandre Song.

89:42

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

89:42

Foul by Borja Oubiña (Celta de Vigo).

87:01

Foul by Cristian Tello (Barcelona).

87:01

Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:31

Attempt missed. Cristian Tello (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

83:50

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Martín Montoya.

83:49

Attempt blocked. Santi Mina (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charles.

82:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Cristian Tello replaces Alexis Sánchez.

80:22

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Yoel.

80:21

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Bartra.

79:04

Attempt missed. Marc Bartra (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Martín Montoya with a cross.

78:31

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Yoel.

78:30

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.

76:05

Offside, Barcelona. Víctor Valdés tries a through ball, but Pedro is caught offside.

75:18

Foul by Marc Bartra (Barcelona).

75:18

Charles (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

75:04

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

75:04

Rafinha (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:24

Offside, Celta de Vigo. Toni tries a through ball, but Fabián Orellana is caught offside.

73:27

Pedro (Barcelona) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

71:52

Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:52

Foul by Toni (Celta de Vigo).

71:31

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Martín Montoya.

70:36

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

70:36

Rafinha (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta replaces Francesc Fábregas.

68:50

Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:50

Foul by Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo).

68:16

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

68:16

Foul by Charles (Celta de Vigo).

68:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Fabián Orellana replaces Nolito.

67:26

Hand ball by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

66:51

Attempt blocked. Rafinha (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

66:48

Nolito (Celta de Vigo) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

66:03

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

66:03

Nolito (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

65:26

Alexandre Song (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:26

Foul by Toni (Celta de Vigo).

63:41

Attempt missed. Charles (Celta de Vigo) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Hugo Mallo with a cross.

58:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Santi Mina replaces Augusto Fernández.

56:20

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Yoel.

56:19

Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Francesc Fábregas.

55:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Toni replaces Jon Aurtenetxe.

55:16

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Sergio Busquets.

53:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celta de Vigo 0, Barcelona 3. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a fast break.

52:42

Offside, Barcelona. Francesc Fábregas tries a through ball, but Pedro is caught offside.

51:49

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:49

Foul by Nolito (Celta de Vigo).

51:17

Attempt saved. Charles (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Augusto Fernández with a cross.

47:14 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Yoel, Celta de Vigo. Celta de Vigo 0, Barcelona 2.

47:12

Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

45:45

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:45

Foul by Charles (Celta de Vigo).

45:00

Second Half begins Celta de Vigo 0, Barcelona 1.

45:00 +1:20 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Celta de Vigo 0, Barcelona 1.

45:00 +1:03

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

45:00 +0:15

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Dani Alves with a cross.

44:40

Attempt saved. Álex López (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nolito.

44:05

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

44:05

Nolito (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick on the left wing.

38:51

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona).

38:51

Jon Aurtenetxe (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:35 Booking

Booking Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

37:26

Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

37:26

Foul by Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo).

35:21

Hand ball by Álex López (Celta de Vigo).

33:43 Booking

Booking Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33:36

Martín Montoya (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:36

Foul by Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo).

31:31

Attempt blocked. Alexandre Song (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

31:28

Attempt blocked. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro.

30:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Martín Montoya replaces Adriano because of an injury.

30:28 Booking

Booking Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

30:00

Víctor Valdés (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:00

Foul by Charles (Celta de Vigo).

28:50

Attempt saved. Rafinha (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

27:47

Attempt missed. Rafinha (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

27:08

Attempt missed. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Alexandre Song with a headed pass.

26:19

Attempt saved. Charles (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Borja Oubiña with a through ball.

24:56

Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:56

Foul by Nolito (Celta de Vigo).

24:05

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Rafinha.

24:03

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:10 Booking

Booking Rafinha (Celta de Vigo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

23:04

Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:04

Foul by Rafinha (Celta de Vigo).

22:24

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Dani Alves.

21:18

Attempt missed. Dani Alves (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

20:57

Attempt blocked. Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charles.

19:45

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Jon Aurtenetxe.

19:43

Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.

18:34

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Rafinha.

16:14

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Marc Bartra.

16:12

Attempt blocked. Álex López (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

13:03

Adriano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:03

Foul by Álex López (Celta de Vigo).

10:53

Offside, Barcelona. Francesc Fábregas tries a through ball, but Lionel Messi is caught offside.

9:39

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:39

Foul by Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo).

8:28 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celta de Vigo 0, Barcelona 1. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

8:26

Attempt saved. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Pedro.

6:18

Alexandre Song (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:18

Foul by Rafinha (Celta de Vigo).

5:51

Foul by Alexandre Song (Barcelona).

5:51

Charles (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:32

Offside, Celta de Vigo. Álex López tries a through ball, but Charles is caught offside.

3:49

Attempt missed. Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Álex López.

3:04

Foul by Alexandre Song (Barcelona).

3:04

Rafinha (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

2:22

Foul by Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona).

2:22

Borja Oubiña (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:54

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

0:54

Nolito (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:41

Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:41

Foul by Borja Oubiña (Celta de Vigo).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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