Celtic paid the price for Barcelona redemption of Alaves’ defeat
Barcelona got defeated on Saturday night by newly promoted Alaves at Camp Nou, and we thought Celtic have a chance to visit Camp Nou and earn a point in Catalans capital. But, very few have thought they will have to pay the price for Barcelona redemption of Alaves defeat. Blaugranas made a 7-0 comeback with thumping victory over the first European team to visit Camp Nou this season, Celtic FC. Messi and Suarez, both returned in the starting lineup and score hat-trick and double respectively for themselves, and Neymar who looked plain on Saturday against Alaves in 2-1 defeat came strong with the presence of his MSN partners, scored one himself besides four assists of the night.
It was a hammering night for the Scots who have came after a very good game against the arch rival Rangers in the Old Firm derby. They beat Rangers 5-0, and their star striker Moussa Dembele scored hat-trick on Saturday, and here in Camp Nou couldn’t convert a simple penalty. It was a disastrous performance by Brendon Rodgers Celtic team, with such a reputed club manager at their helm. It’s their heaviest defeat in an European match which made worse by the same team who registered previous best 6-1 in 2013 match at the same venue.
Lionel Messi who was sidelined on Saturday against Alaves gave a great start for the hosts, in the fourth minute Blaugranas have added on the scoresheet, and guess who- Messi himself was on the scoresheet. Celtic do have their chance in 25th minute to make the score level, but Dembele wasted the penalty. In quick two minutes Messi made them pay for it, Messi scored brilliantly from the five yards with a narrow angle on left, there was six defenders inside the box and Messi needed to defeat only the goal-keeper. It takes nineteen touches to score Messi’s second goal.
In half-time Barcelona leads 2-0, although story could have been different if Dembele would have converted the penalty. Barcelona started the game in 2nd half in same way, but this time Neymar who finds himself on the scoresheet within three minutes of the second-half. Messi tripped at the edge of the box, and he left it for Neymar to take the free kick and he converted it in goal with a brilliant curling effort which tipped off De Vries palm but goes into the net.
Andres Iniesta who replaced booked Ivan Rakitic in half-time finds himself on the scoresheet as well in 59th minute with a sensational strike. And, Messi scored his hat-trick of the night a minute later, giving Celtic no time to respond. It was Messi’s sixth hat-trick in a Champions League match, more than any player in champions league history.
Messi and Neymar, both have found themselves on the scoresheet, it was Suarez time to shine. In 76th minute, he scored from a brilliant volley with his left foot, which was an inch-perfect pass from Neymar. Messi may have added his fourth of the night as well but De Vries made a good save in 85th minute, but Suarez added another one in the demolition in 88th minute. The game is over, an emphatic 7-0 victory for Barcelona to get redemption of their Alaves defeat.
Let’s see how Celtic reacts at Celtic Park in the return fixture on 24th November. Celtic have a good time to recover and prepare for the next fixture, and Barcelona may take a sigh of relief from the reputational damage Alaves defeat costed. Messi’s sheer presence made all the difference and Barcelona played like a cohesive unit. MSN creative partnership made all the difference in the match which was missing on Saturday against Alaves.