Barcelona handed Celtic the harshest of Champions League lessons by producing a near-perfect display to equal the visitors' heaviest European loss.

Gerard Pique opened the scoring and Barca added two more goals late in the first half through Pedro and Neymar.

Brazilian Neymar, a £49m summer signing from Santos, added two more before the hour mark to complete his hat-trick.

Cristian Tello completed Celtic's misery, with Georgios Samaras's late headed goal scant consolation.

Neymar finding his feet at Barca

Neymar

Neymar, signed from Santos for £49m in the summer, had scored only four goals in his first 18 appearances for the Catalans before tonight.

The result means Neil Lennon's side finish the Champions League group stage with their lowest-ever tally of three points.

And the margin of defeat at the Nou Camp matches the 5-0 loss to Artmedia Bratislava in what was former manager's Gordon Strachan's first match in charge in 2005.

Celtic came into the match having scored 12 and conceded none in their previous two domestic games, while Barcelona had been stung by recent losses to Ajax and Athletic Bilbao.

But this was Barca at their best, inflicting Celtic's 25th away defeat in 27 Champions League matches.

The early signs were worrying for Celtic as they twice gave up cheap possession deep in their own half - and though Barcelona failed to punish them, it was not long before the hosts did take advantage.

Alexis Sanchez drove in from the right and though his shot, which deflected off Efe Ambrose, was kept out by Fraser Forster, Pique was inside the Celtic six-yard box to poke the ball into the net.

Celtic - who had left Charlie Mulgrew and Kris Commons out of the starting line-up - regrouped and kept the Catalans at bay until just before the interval.

That was when the home team stepped up a couple of gears, with Neymar central to all that was good about Tata Martino's side.

Celtic claimed for a handball against Pique, but when that was not forthcoming, Neymar shuffled away from Ambrose before squaring the ball for Pedro, whose exquisite movement to the front post allowed him a straightforward tap-in past Forster.

Celtic despair after conceding a goal in the Nou Camp

Celtic despair after conceding a goal in the Nou Camp

Matters deteriorated further for Celtic moments later at the end of a move that involved innumerable passes. Alexis lifted the ball over the heads of the Celtic defence for Martin Montoya and his pass was swept into the net by the irresistible Neymar.

If that goal was sublime, the fourth was even more majestic. Again it was the Brazilian who finished it following a back-heeled one-two with Xavi, this time curling it past Forster from the edge of the box, and again it was the culmination of a prolonged period of possession.

Forster did manage to keep Xavi's free kick from bulging the net, but he was beaten for a fifth time as Neymar nutmegged Ambrose and claimed his hat-trick, with the beleaguered Adam Matthews unable to knock it off the line.

The brilliant Neymar could have scored another two either side of Tello's strike, which deflected off Virgil van Dijk to leave Forster wrong-footed.

Samaras, who only a year ago had put Celtic ahead in the same stadium, headed Commons' free kick past Pinto in the closing stages and had another effort cleared off the line by Pique, but the winning margin did not flatter Barcelona.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Barcelona

  • 13 Pinto Colorado
  • 02 Montoya
  • 21 Adriano
  • 16 Busquets (Song - 73' )
  • 03 Piqué
  • 14 Mascherano
  • 06 Xavi
  • 24 Sergi Booked
  • 11 Neymar (Dongou - 81' )
  • 09 Sánchez (Tello - 63' )
  • 07 Pedro

Substitutes

  • 05 Puyol
  • 08 Iniesta
  • 17 Song
  • 18 Alba
  • 20 Tello
  • 25 Olazábal Paredes
  • 29 Dongou

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 23 Lustig
  • 02 Matthews Booked (Stokes - 82' )
  • 06 Biton (Commons - 69' )
  • 04 Ambrose
  • 05 van Dijk
  • 11 Boerrigter
  • 16 Ledley
  • 20 Pukki (Mulgrew - 45' )
  • 08 Brown Booked
  • 09 Samaras

Substitutes

  • 10 Stokes
  • 15 Commons
  • 17 Baldé
  • 21 Mulgrew
  • 24 Zaluska
  • 37 Atajic
  • 41 Fisher
Ref: Sergey Karasev

Match Stats

Shots

20 6

On target

9 4

Corners

10 2

Fouls

11 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Barcelona 6, Celtic 1.

90:00 +1:15 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Barcelona 6, Celtic 1.

90:00 +0:15

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

90:00 +0:13

Attempt blocked. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kris Commons with a through ball.

89:34

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

88:11

Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

87:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barcelona 6, Celtic 1. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew with a cross following a set piece situation.

86:46

Foul by Adriano (Barcelona).

86:46

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84:29

Offside, Celtic. Kris Commons tries a through ball, but Anthony Stokes is caught offside.

83:43

Foul by Adriano (Barcelona).

83:43

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:43

Foul by Adriano (Barcelona).

81:43

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

81:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Anthony Stokes replaces Adam Matthews.

81:00

Foul by Jean Marie Dongou (Barcelona).

81:00

Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:29

Hand ball by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

80:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Jean Marie Dongou replaces Neymar.

79:27

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

79:27

Foul by Derk Boerrigter (Celtic).

78:27

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

78:25

Attempt blocked. Cristian Tello (Barcelona) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro with a through ball.

77:59

Attempt saved. Derk Boerrigter (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joe Ledley.

77:01

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

76:28

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Adam Matthews.

75:14

Attempt blocked. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from very close range is blocked. Assisted by Pedro.

73:45

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sergi Roberto.

72:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Alexandre Song replaces Sergio Busquets.

71:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barcelona 6, Celtic 0. Cristian Tello (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Adriano.

69:12

Offside, Barcelona. Pedro tries a through ball, but Cristian Tello is caught offside.

68:50 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Kris Commons replaces Nir Biton.

68:22 Booking

Booking Adam Matthews (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

68:17

Adam Matthews (Celtic) has gone down, but that's a dive.

67:10

Attempt blocked. Pedro (Barcelona) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Xavi.

66:54

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Adam Matthews.

65:32

Foul by Martín Montoya (Barcelona).

65:32

Derk Boerrigter (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:08

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

63:28

Attempt missed. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Derk Boerrigter.

62:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Cristian Tello replaces Alexis Sánchez.

60:22

Foul by Martín Montoya (Barcelona).

60:22

Joe Ledley (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:36 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barcelona 5, Celtic 0. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adriano.

56:19

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

56:19

Derk Boerrigter (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:03

Attempt blocked. Adriano (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

50:44

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

50:42

Attempt saved. Xavi (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

50:03

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

50:03

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

47:30 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barcelona 4, Celtic 0. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Xavi.

45:00

Second Half begins Barcelona 3, Celtic 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Charlie Mulgrew replaces Teemu Pukki.

45:00 +0:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Barcelona 3, Celtic 0.

43:54 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barcelona 3, Celtic 0. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Martín Montoya.

40:36 Booking

Booking Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

40:11

Foul by Sergi Roberto (Barcelona).

40:11

Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:30 Booking

Booking Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

39:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barcelona 2, Celtic 0. Pedro (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Neymar.

38:29

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Pedro.

36:24

Foul by Adriano (Barcelona).

36:24

Derk Boerrigter (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:19

Attempt blocked. Nir Biton (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Matthews.

33:37

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Gerard Piqué.

32:37

Attempt blocked. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Xavi.

30:41

Hand ball by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

29:40

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

29:40

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

27:43

Offside, Celtic. Virgil van Dijk tries a through ball, but Teemu Pukki is caught offside.

26:46

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

26:30

Attempt blocked. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Xavi with a cross.

25:45

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the right wing.

25:45

Foul by Joe Ledley (Celtic).

24:48

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

24:48

Foul by Joe Ledley (Celtic).

24:04

Foul by Martín Montoya (Barcelona).

24:04

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:36

Attempt blocked. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross.

21:55

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

14:50

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

14:50

Foul by Nir Biton (Celtic).

11:24

Offside, Barcelona. Adriano tries a through ball, but Gerard Piqué is caught offside.

10:41

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Adam Matthews.

9:47

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

9:44

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

6:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barcelona 1, Celtic 0. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) right footed shot from very close range to the high centre of the goal.

6:12

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Pedro with a through ball.

5:17

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

5:16

Attempt blocked. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Pedro with a through ball.

3:49

Offside, Celtic. Virgil van Dijk tries a through ball, but Derk Boerrigter is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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