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Celta Vigo 4-3 Barcelona

Iago Aspas
Iago Aspas celebrates scoring Celta Vigo's second goal in victory over Barcelona

Barcelona blew the chance to go top of La Liga as they were stunned by a sparkling Celta Vigo at the Balaidos.

Iago Aspas inspired the hosts into a 3-0 lead at the break, setting up Pione Sisto's opener, scoring a fine second and forcing Jeremy Mathieu's own goal.

Barcelona fought back through Gerard Pique's header and Neymar's penalty, only for Marc-Andre ter Stegen's awful error to hand Celta their fourth goal.

Pique scored a second header late on but Celta held on for a thrilling win.

Without the injured Lionel Messi, Barcelona looked bereft of ideas at times as they failed to take the chance to go top following Real Madrid's earlier draw with Eibar, instead remaining in fourth.

Scintillating Celta

The hosts appeared to start in survival mode as Barcelona dominated the opening ten minutes only for Celta to end the half threatening to utterly humiliate their opponents.

Former Liverpool striker Aspas was the catalyst, sliding in Sisto with a brilliant first-time ball after Celta pounced on Ter Stegen's poor attempted pass to Sergio Busquets, with the Danish forward providing an impressive low finish after his first touch took him wide.

Shortly after drawing a fine save from Ter Stegen, Aspas had Celta's second - controlling a long ball forward before powering away from the back-tracking Pique to calmly slot past the hapless Barcelona keeper on the angle.

Moments later Celta scored their third, Aspas causing panic by running in behind the Barcelona defence and forcing Mathieu to divert Daniel Wass' perfectly-weighted cross into his own net before Aspas could get there.

After the interval, the hosts were guilty of complacency, remaining static as Pique stole in to score before Pablo Hernandez conceded a penalty with a clumsy foul on Andre Gomes.

But Hernandez made amends in the 77th minute, charging down an indecisive Ter Stegen, whose attempt to loft the ball back to Jordi Alba hit Hernandez in the face and rebounded in for Celta's bizarre fourth.

No Messi, more problems

Despite having won both previous games this season where Messi was absent, Barcelona clearly missed their talisman as they failed to unpick Celta's defence for long periods.

Neymar took it on himself to play Messi's roaming role but often found himself running into traffic, while neither Arda Turan nor Rafinha could provide the attacking thrust lost by Neymar dropping deeper.

Instead it was Pique who offered his side's most consistent attacking threat, surging forward to head in a cross from substitute Andres Iniesta, making his 600th Barcelona appearance, before also turning in Denis Suarez's ball from the right.

And while Pique was guilty of backing off Aspas for Celta's second, Barcelona's miserable night was summed up by Ter Stegen - at fault for two goals, with his late error ultimately putting the draw beyond his team in a frantic finale.

Line-ups

Celta Vigo

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Álvarez
  • 2MalloBooked at 63mins
  • 20Gómez
  • 22Cabral
  • 24Roncaglia
  • 6Radoja
  • 18WassSubstituted forCastro Ottoat 83'minutes
  • 11Sisto
  • 8Hernández
  • 7Bongonda Mbul'Ofeko BatomboSubstituted forDíazat 63'minutes
  • 10Iago AspasSubstituted forGuidettiat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Díaz
  • 9Guidetti
  • 13Blanco
  • 19Castro Otto
  • 23Señé Escudero
  • 25Rossi
  • 28Diop Gueye

Barcelona

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 20Roberto Carnicer
  • 3PiquéBooked at 74mins
  • 24Mathieu
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forAlcácerat 81'minutes
  • 21André Gomes
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 45minsSubstituted forD Suárezat 76'minutes
  • 7Turan
  • 12RafinhaSubstituted forIniestaat 45'minutes
  • 9SuárezBooked at 88mins
  • 11Neymar

Substitutes

  • 4Rakitic
  • 6D Suárez
  • 8Iniesta
  • 13Cillessen
  • 14Mascherano
  • 17Alcácer
  • 19Digne
Referee:
Iñaki Vicandi Garrido
Attendance:
20,034

Match Stats

Home TeamCelta VigoAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home35%
Away65%
Shots
Home14
Away13
Shots on Target
Home9
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away6
Fouls
Home16
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celta de Vigo 4, Barcelona 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celta de Vigo 4, Barcelona 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Arda Turan (Barcelona).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by John Guidetti.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona).

  7. Post update

    John Guidetti (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Denis Suárez with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  10. Post update

    Delay in match Sergio Álvarez (Celta de Vigo) because of an injury.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Arda Turan with a cross.

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Celta de Vigo. John Guidetti replaces Iago Aspas.

  13. Booking

    Luis Suárez (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Celta de Vigo 4, Barcelona 3. Gerard Piqué (Barcelona) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Denis Suárez with a cross.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Sergi Gómez.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Jonny replaces Daniel Wass.

  17. Post update

    Foul by André Gomes (Barcelona).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Barcelona. Paco Alcácer replaces Jordi Alba.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Denis Suárez.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 2nd October 2016

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Atl Madrid74301421215
2Real Madrid7430167915
3Sevilla74211310314
4Barcelona741222101213
5Villarreal734094513
6Ath Bilbao7403108212
7Las Palmas73221613311
8Eibar732297211
9Real Sociedad731399010
10Celta Vigo7313911-210
11Leganés7313710-310
12Alavés72328719
13Dep La Coruña722356-18
14Malaga722379-28
15Real Betis7223812-48
16Sporting Gijón7214616-107
17Espanyol7133914-56
18Valencia7205914-56
19Osasuna7034715-83
20Granada7025716-92
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