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October 1, 2013 2:45 PM EDT
Celtic Park — Glasgow
Referee:‬ S. Lannoy‎
Attendance:‬ 57000‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Celtic 0-1 Barcelona

A Cesc Fabregas header gave the Spaniards all three points on a night in which they lacked their usual cutting edge and creativity, with Scott Brown seeing red for the home side.

  • Fraser Forster
    2
    0
    3.50

    Fraser Forster Top of the Match

    Nearly put his team in trouble with a dodgy clearance. Made an important save from a tricky Xavi free kick. No chance with the goal. Kept it at one with a fantastic double save late on, and then again when denying Neymar once more.

  • Adam Matthews
    0
    0
    2.50

    Adam Matthews

    Helped out at the back and used his pace to counter, though he lacked a final ball and lost possession too easily a few times.

  • E. Izaguirre
    0
    0
    2.50

    E. Izaguirre

    The Honduran international was solid at the back but, mostly fairly understandably, failed to get forward.

  • E. Ambrose
    0
    0
    3.00

    E. Ambrose

    Read Barcelona's attacks well and made a number of important interceptions. Perhaps could have done more with the ball.

  • Virgil van Dijk
    0
    0
    3.00

    Virgil van Dijk

    Made a good early tackle on Iniesta and won numerous headers and personal duels.

  • Charles Mulgrew
    0
    0
    2.50

    Charles Mulgrew

    Obviously found it tough against Barcelona but didn't keep the ball well enough. Should have scored with a good chance moments before his side conceded.

  • M. Lustig
    0
    0
    3.00

    M. Lustig

    Dealt with Neymar pretty well. Got forward well at times, though he wasted one good chance on the break with a poor pass. Withdrawn with 20 minutes left.

  • Scott Brown
    0
    0
    2.00

    Scott Brown Flop of the Match

    Worked hard and put himself about but found it hard to keep hold of the ball against Barcelona's midfield. Fired harmlessly wide with one decent opening. Sent off for stupidly kicking out at Neymar.

  • Kris Commons
    0
    0
    2.50

    Kris Commons

    Saw an early shot blocked, and whipped in one dangerous cross, but otherwise had little chance to attack. Brought off late on.

  • Georgios Samaras
    1
    0
    2.50

    Georgios Samaras

    A handful early on as he showed good movement to create a chance. His influence faded, though, as he became more and more isolated and he failed to hold the ball up well enough. Put a shift in defensively when they went down to 10 men.

  • Anthony Stokes
    0
    0
    2.50

    Anthony Stokes

    Nice early touch to create Samaras a chance but might have done better to help support the striker more quickly at times. Brought off with 20 minutes left.

Substitutions

  • Beram Kayal
    0
    0
    2.50

    Beram Kayal

    Came on for Stokes with 20 minutes left in the game to add some much-needed fresh legs.

  • James Forrest
    0
    0
    2.50

    James Forrest

    Thrown on for Lustig with 20 minutes left and forced Valdes into a good save moments later.

  • Teemu Pukki
    0
    0
    2.00

    Teemu Pukki

    Came on very late on for Commons.

  • Víctor Valdés
    3
    0
    3.00

    Víctor Valdés

    Saved well from Samaras early on, and then from Forrest later in the game. Flapped at a couple of balls into the box, including on one occasion where Mulgrew should have scored.

  • Piqué
    1
    1
    2.50

    Piqué

    Made a few wayward passes from the back and failed to get things going quick enough at times. Rarely worried defensively.

  • Bartra
    0
    0
    3.00

    Bartra

    Part of a defense that looked a bit shaky early on, but had little to do for the remainder of the match. Fired one decent effort at goal.

  • Adriano
    2
    0
    2.50

    Adriano

    Got himself into one great position down the left but didn't do it nearly enough. Saw a late effort saved brilliantly by Forster.

  • Daniel Alves
    2
    0
    3.00

    Daniel Alves

    Despite having little to do at the back didn't make enough of an impression going forward. Created one good Neymar chance, though.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    2
    0
    3.50

    Cesc Fàbregas

    Popped up in some good positions but didn't cause much of a threat to Celtic's defense. Found the corner with a brilliant header to open the scoring.

  • Xavi
    0
    0
    2.50

    Xavi

    Made a couple of uncharacteristic passing errors. Tested Forster with a decent free kick.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    2
    1
    3.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Pulled most of Barcelona's strings in midfield but certainly wasn't as creative as he can be. Brought off late on.

  • Busquets
    1
    1
    3.00

    Busquets

    Didn't move the ball as slickly or quickly as normal, but made a couple of tackles to break up Celtic's counterattacks.

  • Pedro
    2
    2
    2.50

    Pedro

    Was pretty ineffective as part of a Barcelona attack that lacked creativity.

  • Neymar
    3
    1
    2.50

    Neymar

    Nice ball to play in Adriano and went close himself with a neat flicked effort but, overall, not enough final product. Used his pace to get in behind Brown and force the foul that led to his red card. Twice denied by Forster late on.

Substitutions

  • Alex Song
    2
    0
    2.00

    Alex Song

    Late substitute for Iniesta.

  • Alexis Sánchez
    6
    0
    3.00

    Alexis Sánchez

    Came on for Pedro with 15 minutes remaining and set up Fabregas' opener moments later with a pinpoint cross.

  • Tello
    1
    0
    2.50

    Tello

    Replaced goalscorer Fabregas after his opener.

Results
Group A Matchday 1
Times In EDT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
14 1
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
10 1
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
8 2
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atl. Madrid
7 0
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
6 2