Barcelona v Celtic as it happened

Celtic's disappointing Champions League group campaign ends with a crushing 6-1 defeat in Barcelona.

11 December 2013 Last updated at 18:57

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  1. 2200: 

    That will do from me. There's not much more to say, is there? Celtic were given an absolute battering by a wonderfully gifted Barcelona side, missing several key players, to bring the curtain down on a European campaign to forget.

  2. 2158: 
    More from Celtic boss Neil Lennon

    "There were only three players who really showed anything - Mikael Lustig, Virgil Van Dijk and Adam Matthews. I'd excuse the goalkeeper as well.

    "There were a lot of half-hearted performances out there and that was the most disappointing aspect.

    "I'm angry and disappointed but it's something we need to get over quickly. We are better than that."

  3. 2155: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    "Barcelona were fantastic as we expected them to be but we were very poor. There was no bravery on the ball and it looked like our heads went down at 2-0.

    "We were weak and that is something I have to address."

  4. 2150: 

    This group was always going to be difficult for Celtic and the emotions experienced by manager Neil Lennon tonight will be in stark contrast to the joy of reaching the last 16 last year.

  5. 2145: 
    Neymar was the Barcelona hero on a dark night for Celtic. Neymar was the Barcelona hero on a dark night for Celtic.

    The Brazilian forward was unstoppable as he rattled in a hat-trick. He may only weigh nine stones but defenders can't get near him to stop him. He's lightening quick, with wonderful close control.

    Alexis and Pedro weren't too bad either...

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    Russ McGill on Twitter: "I'd say Celtic brought a knife to the gunfight, but that would be doing a disservice to the knife! Men vs. Bhoys out there."

  7. 2140: 

    AC Milan go through to the last 16 as runners-up in Group H after holding on with 10 men for a 0-0 at home to Ajax.

  8. 2137: 

    Celtic lost five of their six group matches in this campaign. That consolation effort from Georgios Samaras was just the third goal scored by Neil Lennon's side, with 14 conceded.

  9. 2134: 
    FULL-TIME- Barcelona 6-1 Celtic

    The final whistle puts Celtic out of their misery. Barcelona were on a different level and Neymar was just sensational up front, hitting the net three times.

  10. 2133: 

    Barcelona have switched off early as Georgios Samaras gallops away in search of a second goal. The Celtic forward skips past advancing keeper Pinto and slots the ball on target but Gerard Pique gets back to make a goal-line headed clearance.

  11. 2131: 

    Hang on. Here's Kris Commons bustling through the middle to have a shot that Pinto saves awkwardly and the rebound slips agonisingly wide of the Celtic substitute.

  12. 2129: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 6-1 Celtic (Samaras)

    Celtic pull one back as Georgios Samaras gets a run on his marker to nod in a lovely free kick from Charlie Mulgrew. That goal means it is no longer the Glasgow club's biggest losing margin in Europe.

  13. 2127: 

    It's still 0-0 at the San Siro. Will 10-man AC Milan hold on to book a place in the last 16 or can Ajax find a late winner to pip them at the post?

  14. 2125: 

    Celtic make their last change as full-back Adam Matthews is replaced by striker Anthony Stokes. The Welsh defender was out of position on the left and is not likely to forget this chastening night in a hurry.

  15. 2124: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont in Camp Nou, Barcelona

    "It'll be interesting to hear Neil Lennon's take on this afterwards. Is it a case of Barcelona being unplayable tonight or have Celtic contributed to their own downfall?"

  16. 2122: 

    The Nou Camp rises as one to applaud hat-trick hero Neymar as he makes way for Jean Marie Dongou.

  17. 2120: 
    This is now a record European defeat for Celtic... This is now a record European defeat for Celtic...
  18. 2118: 

    The waves of Barcelona attacks just keep coming and Adam Matthews makes a good sliding block to keep out a fancy close-range flick from the irrepressible Neymar.

  19. 2116: 

    Lovely dancing feet from Neymar - it's like the ball is on a very short piece of string attached to his boot - takes him away from three defenders and Fraser Forster has to use his feet to keep out the striker's raking shot.

  20. 2115: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 6-0 Celtic (Tello)

    Barca replacement Cristian Tello looks almost embarrassed as his shot takes a big deflection off Virgil van Dijk and loops into the net. That one was set up by a surging run and excellent low cross frm Adriano.

  21. 2112: 

    Kris Commons, who has scored five goals in Celtic's last two outings, is on in place of Nir Bitton.

  22. 2111: 

    Celtic full-back Adam Matthews powers forward to get into the penalty box. He goes down after brushing against Busquets and collects a booking for his troubles.

  23. 2108: 

    Neymar is in the clear and sure to score his fourth goal of the night as he rounds goalkeeper Fraser Forster. But wait a minute, team-mate Pedro comes speeding out of nowhere to bump into the Brazilian just as he's about to pull the trigger. Pedro, now offside, has a stab at the loose ball and Virgil van Dijk diverts it over the bar.

  24. 2105: 

    Celtic substitute Charlie Mulgrew has a pop at goal from long range and the ball flies high over the target.

  25. 2104: 

    The hosts make a change, as Alexis is replaced by Tello.

  26. 2100: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 5-0 Celtic (Neymar)

    It's a hat-trick for the Brazilian ace as Neymar nutmegs Efe Ambrose on his route to goal from the left and bends a shot round Fraser Forster that Adam Matthews can only help into the net from the goal-line. Lionel who?

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    Robbie Devenney on Twitter: "As a Hibs fan I can't help but worry that Celtic may take out their frustrations on us after this."

    It's worth repeating that Celtic have won their last two domestic matches 7-0 and 5-0. This game makes painful viewing from a larger Scottish perspective.

  28. 2056: 

    Fraser Forster races out to make a good save at the feet of the speeding Neymar, with the Celtic defence again posted missing.

  29. 2054: 

    Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster pushes away a curling free kick from Xavi. The home crowd want more goals.

  30. 2053: 

    This is now Celtic's worst result in the group stages of the Champions League, surpassing four 3-0 reverses...

  31. 2050: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 4-0 Celtic (Neymar)

    Yet more wonderful movement from Barcelona as Neymar back-heels to Xavi and collects the first-time return ball with a sweet touch before slamming a shot beyond Fraser Forster from the edge of the penalty box.

  32. 2049: 

    Celtic show one change, with forward Teemu Pukki replaced by defensive midfielder Charlie Mulgrew.

  33. 2048: 

    Celtic get the second half up and running...

  34. 2047: 

    Celtic are on course for their lowest ever points tally since the European Cup was relaunched as the Champions League.

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    Aidan Pidgeon on Twitter: "That was some first half, no pride or passion tonight, the tactics seem badly wrong again, a very long second half to come."

  36. 2043: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont in Camp Nou, Barcelona

    "That was at times utterly sensation from the home team. Every football fan knows what they're capable of, but to witness them in full flow at the beginning and end of that first half was just mouth-watering. Celtic haven't been able to get near them, but few teams could when Barca are in this mood."

  37. 2040: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon That first half has been tough to watch for Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

    Will he make changes at the interval? Will it make any difference? Could he sneak on a couple of extra players?

  38. 2037: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont in Camp Nou, Barcelona

    "Neymar got a lot of stick for his theatrics at Celtic Park but he's shown a much more positive side to his play this evening, displaying some lovely touches, lightning pace and generally giving the Celtic backline a hard time."

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    Andrew Priestley on Twitter: "This is getting very ugly, very quickly for Celtic. Barcelona could run up a cricket score that would beat England's efforts!"

  40. 2035: 

    There were 26 passes involved in that goal for Neymar. Barcelona are playing at a bewildering speed that Celtic just cannot live with.

  41. 2032: 
    HALF-TIME- Barcelona 3-0 Celtic

    Some respite for Celtic as the half-time whistle sounds. It's been so one-sided, with Barcelona miles ahead in terms of technique, pace and precision.

  42. 2031: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 3-0 Celtic (Neymar)

    It's another wonderful move from Barcelona and again Celtic are sliced open as a period of slick passing culminates with Alexis lofting a ball into the penalty area for Montoya to stretch and pull back for Neymar, who tucks it away from close range.

  43. 2030: 

    It's still 0-0 at the San Siro but AC Milan are a man down after Riccardo Montolivo's 22nd-minute red card. The Italians need a draw to guarantee second place in the group.

  44. 2026: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 2-0 Celtic (Pedro)

    Great skill from Neymar as he leaves Celtic defender Efe Ambrose for dead with a great change of pace in the penalty box before cutting the ball back for Pedro to side-foot home from seven yards.

    Gerard Pique celebrates his seventh-minute strike for Barcelona Gerard Pique celebrates his seventh-minute strike for Barcelona
  46. 2021: 

    Celtic win a corner as Georgios Samaras drives into the penalty box but seems reluctant to shoot before Gerard Pique prods in a tackle. The set-piece is worked out to Joe Ledley in a central position and his fierce strike is deflected off target by the head of Mascherano.

  47. 2019: 

    Neymar cuts in from the left and leaves two Celtic defenders in his wake with some lovely close control before he is crowded out.

  48. 2018: 

    Celtic make a rare foray into the Barcelona half as Joe Ledley races forward from left midfield but the Welshman over-hits his delivery, with only Georgios Samaras in the penalty box for the visitors.

  49. 2015: 

    Gerard Pique pops up at the back post as Celtic fail to clear a free-kick. A second close range goal for the Spain centre back looks certain until a grounded Efe Ambrose thrusts up a leg to make a great block.

  50. 2013: 

    The home fans are screaming for a penalty as Alexis takes a tumble under a sliding challenge from Adam Matthews. The Celtic defender didn't get anything on the ball - or the player.

  51. 2011: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont in Camp Nou, Barcelona

    "Comparing the start of this match to Celtic's last visit here, Neil Lennon's men are offering less of a threat to the Barcelona defence. They simply can't keep possession for more than a few seconds, while Barca look like they have a point to prove to some of their critics following recent defeats by Ajax and Athletic Bilbao."

  52. 2009: 

    Neymar and Busquets link well on the left flank to pin Celtic back again. The ball switches to the right and Alexis picks out Pedro who has a shot blocked by Efe Ambrose.

  53. 2005: 

    When you're seeing as little of the ball as Celtic are it's important to make good use of it. Cue Joe Ledley passing the ball straight out of play when trying to pick out Georgios Samaras who was no more than 10 yards away...

  54. 2001: 

    Celtic simply can't get a foot on the ball as Barcelona ping the ball around in neat triangles. It's all very patient until the final third when there is a sudden explosion of pace and purpose.

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    Andrew Priestley on Twitter: "You can't fault Celtic's fight and hunger in Europe this season, it's been their defending that has cost them dearly."

    Aidan Pidgeon on Twitter: "Tonight we (Celtic fc) may have nothing to play for but lets show Barca who we are, maybe this can be Pukki's night. Please God."

  56. 1957: 

    Celtic keeper Fraser Forster puffs his cheeks in relief as a deflected shot from Alexis leaves him wrong-footed only to bounce a couple of feet wide of the exposed target.

  57. 1956: 
    Former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod on BBC Radio Scotland

    "It was great football, but Celtic just didn't close down the players and that's what's causing the problems just now. Adam Matthews is looking a wee bit uncomfortable - everything's going down the right-hand-side."

  58. 1953: 
    GOAL- Barcelona 1-0 Celtic (Pique)

    The hosts cut through Celtic with some laser accurate passing to set up a shooting chance for Alexis Sanchez. Goalkeeper Fraser Forster keeps out the Chilean's effort with his legs but the ball falls for Gerard Pique to slam in from close range.

  59. 1953: 

    Another good penalty box block from Virgil van Dijk; this time thwarting Neymar who was haring after a neat pass from Pedro.

  60. 1952: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont in Camp Nou, Barcelona

    "Joe Ledley and Adam Matthews have both committed the cardinal sin of giving cheap possession away to Barcelona in dangerous territory in the opening stages. Fortunately for the Welshmen, Barca pass up both chances but Neil Lennon will demand Celtic sharpen up at the back."

  61. 1950: 

    Adam Matthews plays a blind pass straight to Barcelona full-back Adriano, who strides forward through the middle to lay a pass to Xavi in the penalty box but Virgil van Dijk is over quickly to snuff out the danger.

  62. 1949: 

    One minute, 14 seconds pass before Celtic get a touch. Just one touch, mind, as Adam Matthews makes a tackle. The hosts then settle back into their passing rhythm.

  63. 1947: 

    Russian referee Sergei Karasev peeps his whistle and Barcelona get us started.

  64. 1944: 

    Celtic's European hopes were emphatically extinguished by AC Milan, with the Italians shrugging off indifferent domestic form to win 3-0 in Glasgow last month. Since then the Scottish champions have taken out their frustration on Hearts and Motherwell, knocking in 12 goals without reply.

    Barcelona had a minor wobble with back-to-back defeats against Ajax and Bilbao before a cup win at lowly Cartagena but they remain top of La Liga, locked on 40 points with Atletico Madrid, with old foes Real Madrid three points behind.

  65. 1942: 

    The players are out on the pitch now; both in their traditional colours. That anthem is blaring out for the last time for Celtic this season...

  66. 1940: 

    These teams have been thrust together more often than Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez in recent years! This will be Celtic's sixth competitive visit to the Nou Camp and two draws is the best they have managed. Last season, Barca needed an injury-time winner from Jordi Alba to prevail 2-1.

    Barcelona enjoyed 72% of possession in that victory and those stats leapt up to a staggering 82% when the Catalans won in Glasgow this year. Celtic will expect to do a lot of chasing tonight.

  67. 1938: 

    Having been fourth seeds and drawn in the same pool as Barcelona, Celtic made it through to the last 16 last term. But there was to be no repeat this time round. The only fourth seed in with a chance of progressing this season is Napoli, who may yet miss out even if they beat Arsenal tonight.

  68. 1936: 

    Now I don't want to chase you away but there is live commentary of the game on BBC Radio Scotland. We don't have online rights, I'm afraid.

  69. 1934: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont in Camp Nou, Barcelona

    "The Celtic supporters are gathered high up in the top tier of this cavernous stadium - a similar view to our view from the commentary box. It's a wonderful perspective - albeit a little distant - from which to watch the movement of the supremely talented Barca stars. Even the most ardent Celtic devotee will appreciate that, though they'll appreciate a couple of Celtic goals even more!"

    The 99,354-capacity stadium has a lot of empty seats tonight...

  70. 1931: 
    Barcelona coach Tata Martino

    "It is very important for us to finish first and I don't think any games are easy.

    "Every match has consequences and we need to be precise and quick on the ball going forward. I imagine most of the game will be squeezed into 30 or 40 metres of the pitch.

    "We need to be well organised as well so as not to be caught on the counter by Celtic who are capable of quick breaks."

  71. 1929: 
    Celtic manager Neil Lennon

    "We are going to need great discipline, concentration and athleticism and we have to be brave on the ball and even then it may not be enough.

    "But we want to come away with some satisfaction if not the result. This is a great occasion and we are very much looking forward to it."

  72. 1927: 
    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont in Camp Nou, Barcelona

    "For the second time in just over a year Celtic are in the Catalan capital to face Barcelona, only this time it's a dead rubber for the Scottish champions, who can no longer qualify for the latter stages of European competition. No Lionel Messi for Barca because of injury, but Xavi is back to full fitness and Neymar is expected to play through the middle for the home side. Celtic manager Neil Lennon just wants to bow out from the competition with a bit of pride and a good, competitive performance."

  73. 1925: 

    Just as they were in Glasgow, Barca are without superstar Lionel Messi through injury. Also missing for the Catalan giants are goalkeeper Victor Valdes, midfielder Cesc Fabregas and suspended Brazil full-back Dani Alves. Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba are only fit enough for the bench.

    However, before you go thinking Celtic could be in for an easy ride, it should be pointed out that the pint-sized maestro Xavi Hernandez is back after shaking off an injury problem and a front three of Pedro, Alexis and Neymar is not too shabby...

  74. 1923: 
    Celtic skipper Scott Brown Celtic skipper Scott Brown returns after a three-match European ban.

    The midfielder had a sly kick at Neymar in Glasgow on 1 October. He certainly let his team-mates down that night since the match was 0-0 at the time of his dismissal, with Cesc Fabregas heading in a 75th-minute winner.

    Could Celtic have fared any better in a tough section with their captain available?

  75. 1919: 

    Barcelona: Pinto, Montoya, Piqué, Mascherano, Adriano, Sergio, Xavi, Sergi Roberto, Pedro, Alexis, Neymar. Subs: Oier, Puyol, Tello, Song, Iniesta, Dongou, Jordi Alba.

    Celtic: Forster; Lustig, Ambrose, Van Dijk, Ledley; Matthews, Brown, Biton, Boerrigter; Samaras, Pukki. Subs: Zaluska, Stokes, Commons, Mulgrew, Balde, Atajic, Fisher.

  76. 1918: 

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon rests Kris Commons and Charlie Mulgrew on the bench, with summer recruits Nir Bitton and Teemu Pukki getting their first starts for the club in this competition. Full-back Adam Matthews returns after a seven-week absence.

  77. 1917: 

    It's not quite a dead rubber since Barcelona need a point to guarantee top spot. AC Milan and Ajax are battling it out for the other qualification place, with the Dutch side visiting the north east of Italy one point behind the Rossoneri.

  78. 1915: 

    Good evening and welcome to our coverage of Celtic's final Group H match in what has been a disappointing Champions League campaign.

    Neil Lennon's men are destined to finish in bottom spot, having lost four of their five preceding matches. And it doesn't get much harder than a visit to the Nou Camp to take on Barcelona.

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UEFA Champions League - Group A summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Man Utd 6 9 14
No movement 2 Bayer 04 Leverkusen 6 -1 10
No movement 3 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 1 8
No movement 4 Real Sociedad 6 -9 1
UEFA Champions League - Group B summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Real Madrid 6 15 16
Moving up 2 Galatasaray 6 -6 7
Moving down 3 Juventus 6 0 6
No movement 4 FC Copenhagen 6 -9 4
UEFA Champions League - Group C summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Paris St-Germain 6 11 13
No movement 2 Olympiakos 6 2 10
No movement 3 Benfica 6 0 10
No movement 4 RSC Anderlecht 6 -13 1
UEFA Champions League - Group D summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Bayern Munich 6 12 15
No movement 2 Man City 6 8 15
No movement 3 Viktoria Plzen 6 -11 3
No movement 4 CSKA Moscow 6 -9 3
UEFA Champions League - Group E summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Chelsea 6 9 12
Moving up 2 FC Schalke 04 6 0 10
Moving down 3 Basel 6 -1 8
No movement 4 Steaua Bucharest 6 -8 3
UEFA Champions League - Group F summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
Moving up 1 Borussia Dortmund 6 5 12
Moving down 2 Arsenal 6 3 12
No movement 3 Napoli 6 1 12
No movement 4 Marseille 6 -9 0
UEFA Champions League - Group G summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Atlético Madrid 6 12 16
No movement 2 Zenit St Petersburg 6 -4 6
No movement 3 FC Porto 6 -3 5
No movement 4 FK Austria Vienna 6 -5 5
UEFA Champions League - Group H summary table; it charts each team by position, team name, games played, total goal difference and points
Position Team Played Goal Difference Points
No movement 1 Barcelona 6 11 13
No movement 2 Milan 6 3 9
No movement 3 Ajax 6 -3 8
No movement 4 Celtic 6 -11 3