Spanish La Liga
Barcelona3Celta Vigo0

Barcelona 3-0 Celta Vigo

Neymar scores twice as Barcelona win

Neymar scored twice as Barcelona recorded a comfortable victory over Celta Vigo to remain firmly in the hunt for the La Liga title.

The Brazilian opened the scoring early on with a close-range finish from Alexis Sanchez's cross.

Barcelona lost goalkeeper Victor Valdes to a serious looking injury before Lionel Messi slotted in a second.

Neymar wrapped up the win in the second half, collecting a long Sanchez ball and finishing with a low shot.

The win moved Barcelona top of the standings with 72 points, although that could change with and in action later on Wednesday. They play Sevilla and Granada respectively.

Barcelona brought themselves right back into the title race when they beat Real Madrid 4-3 in a thrilling Clasico on Sunday and were determined to build on that as they attacked Celta Vigo from the outset.

No sooner had the game kicked off and Messi had the ball in the net, but was flagged offside.

Barcelona's opener arrived minutes later, as Messi cut open the defence with a pass to send Sanchez clear and the forward in turn played a square ball for Neymar, who tapped in from close range.

The trio were causing all sorts of problems and at one stage all three ran clear but Messi uncharacteristically played a pass that left Neymar with too much to do and the Brazilian shot into the side netting.

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes
Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes was carried off on a stretcher early on with a suspected knee injury

Celta had won three of their previous four away games in La Liga and, to their credit, they did not set themselves up solely to nullify Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

They thought they had been awarded a penalty midway through the first half when Adriano handled the ball. The referee had appeared to point towards the penalty spot but then awarded a free kick, which Fabian Orellana curled towards goal but Valdes saved at the second attempt.

However, that save came at a price as the Spain goalkeeper and had to be substituted, with 38-year-old Jose Manuel Pinto taking his place.

Barcelona responded to that setback by swiftly adding a second as Andres Iniesta played a perfect defence-splitting pace that sent Messi clear to slot calmly into the corner of the net.

The home side were dominant in possession but on the few occasions Celta managed to break into the Barcelona final third, their attacking play was quick and incisive.

Only a superb double save from Pinto prevented them from pulling a goal back early in the second half when he denied Augusto Fernandez, before getting on his feet quickly to prevent Santiago Mina from scoring with the follow up.

Instead, it was Barcelona who put the game beyond the visitors with just over 20 minutes remaining as Sanchez played a cross-field pass for Neymar, who raced down on goal and, despite the attention of two defenders, squeezed a shot into the net.

Line-ups

Barcelona

  • 1ValdésSubstituted forPinto Coloradoat 24'minutes
  • 21AdrianoBooked at 20mins
  • 18AlbaBooked at 45mins
  • 17Song
  • 15Bartra
  • 14Mascherano
  • 4Fábregas
  • 8IniestaSubstituted forSergiat 45'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9Sánchez
  • 11NeymarSubstituted forPedroat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Piqué
  • 7Pedro
  • 13Pinto Colorado
  • 16Busquets
  • 20Tello
  • 22Dani Alves
  • 24Sergi

Celta Vigo

  • 13Rodríguez Oterino
  • 2Mallo NovegilBooked at 83mins
  • 15Aurtenetxe
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 3FontásSubstituted forOubiñaat 74'minutes
  • 22CabralSubstituted forLópezat 38'minutes
  • 24FernándezBooked at 75mins
  • 8López
  • 14OrellanaSubstituted forBermejoat 64'minutes
  • 29Mina Lorenzo
  • 17Madinda

Substitutes

  • 1Álvarez Conde
  • 4Oubiña
  • 9Bermejo
  • 10Nolito
  • 11Dias de Oliveira
  • 21López
  • 30Costas
Referee:
Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez
Attendance:
67,162

Match Stats

Home TeamBarcelonaAway TeamCelta Vigo
Possession
Home67%
Away33%
Shots
Home14
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Barcelona 3, Celta de Vigo 0.

Full Time

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mario Bermejo (Celta de Vigo) because of an injury.

Foul by Sergi Roberto (Barcelona).

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

Foul by Adriano (Barcelona).

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

Attempt saved. Sergi Roberto (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Mario Bermejo (Celta de Vigo) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Álex López with a cross.

Booking

Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo).

Attempt saved. Jonny (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Álex López.

Attempt missed. Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Yoel.

Attempt missed. Jordi Alba (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Francesc Fábregas.

Attempt missed. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Lionel Messi.

Foul by Javier Mascherano (Barcelona).

Mario Bermejo (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Pinto (Barcelona) because of an injury.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Augusto Fernández (Celta de Vigo).

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

Foul by Borja Oubiña (Celta de Vigo).

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Borja Oubiña replaces Andreu Fontás.

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Jonny.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Pedro replaces Neymar.

Foul by Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona).

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

Goal!

Goal! Barcelona 3, Celta de Vigo 0. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez following a fast break.

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Javier Mascherano.

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Mario Bermejo replaces Fabián Orellana.

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

Foul by Iñigo López (Celta de Vigo).

Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Adriano.

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