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0 vs 3
Played
October 30, 2013 2:30 AM IST
Estadio de Balaídos — Vigo
Referee:‬ David Fernández‎
Attendance:‬ 26636‎
 
 
 
Yoel 48′ (OG)
 
Top of the Match
Cesc Fàbregas
Cesc Fàbregas
Barcelona
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
Barcelona
Flop of the Match
Gustavo Daniel Cabral
Gustavo Daniel Cabral
Celta
Lionel Messi
Lionel Messi
Barcelona

Celta 0-3 Barcelona: Alexis & Fabregas help Catalans ease to win

The Chilean gave the Blaugrana an early lead before two second-half strikes - an own goal and an effort from the former Arsenal skipper - sealed the victory

Alexis Sanchez Celta Vigo Barcelona Liga BBVA 29102013
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Barcelona eased to a 3-0 win over Celta on Tuesday, at least temporarily extending the gap between them and Real Madrid to nine points.

Leaders Barca opened up a four-point lead ahead of Atletico Madrid as Gerardo Martino's men followed up their 2-1 success against bitter rivals Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season last Saturday with a routine victory.

Celta are still searching for their first home win of the season as, despite a spirited performance, they were outgunned by a Barca side in rampant form at Estadio Municipal de Balaidos.

Alexis, on his 100th Barca appearance, opened the scoring inside the first 10 minutes, the Chile international scoring from close range after Gustavo Cabral had been dispossessed in midfield.

The hosts contributed much to an open encounter, but Martino's side took command early in the second half as goalkeeper Yoel unfortunately turned a Cesc Fabregas strike into his own net following neat work from Lionel Messi and Alex Song.

And it was former Arsenal man Fabregas who rounded things off with a well-placed drive to maintain Barca's unbeaten start to the campaign.

Captain Carles Puyol came into the side for Barca due to Gerard Pique's hamstring injury, while Clasico goalscorer Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Javier Mascherano were all left on the bench as part of five changes by Martino.

Celta, by contrast, made only one change from the side that beat Malaga 5-0, Brazilian midfielder Rafinha replacing Santiago Mina.

Barca needed just nine minutes to break the deadlock as Alexis tapped in the rebound after Fabregas' shot had been well saved by Yoel following poor work from Cabral.

Both sides began to create chances as the play became more stretched, Messi curling wide at the end of a free-flowing Barca move, before Rafinha fired just past the post for Celta.

Celta enjoyed a good spell of pressure midway through the first half, and they were denied a leveller after 31 minutes as on-loan Barca forward Nolito's strike was ruled out after striker Charles was adjudged to have impeded Victor Valdes.

The visitors made an enforced change seconds later, left-back Adriano limping off and replaced by Martin Montoya.

Celta had shown great ambition in the first half, but their task was made even harder three minutes into the second period as Fabregas' curling effort crashed off the bar before deflecting off Yoel and into the net.

And Barca all but ended the game as a contest six minutes later, as Fabregas converted emphatically after at the near post after being played in by Messi.

Former Barca star Luis Enrique's side continued to search for a way back into the contest and they were almost rewarded for their enterprise when Nolito's free kick cannoned off the crossbar.

Pedro then clipped the bar before Yoel prevented Messi from netting a fine individual goal in the closing stages, but Celta were left to rue their missed opportunities as Barca underlined their title credentials once more.



Celta

13
Yoel
Goalkeeper
48′
4.00
2
Hugo Mallo
Defender
2.50
3
2.50
15
Aurtenetxe
Defender
55′
2.50
22
2.00
4
Oubiña
Midfielder
3.00
8
Alex López
Midfielder
3.00
12
Rafinha
Midfielder
24′
3.00
24
Augusto Fernández
Midfielder
34′ 59′
2.50
10
Nolito
Striker
69′
3.00
11
Charles
Striker
3.00

Barcelona

3.50
1
3.50
5
3.50
15
Bartra
Defender
3.00
21
Adriano
Midfielder
31′
3.50
22
4.00
4
Cesc Fàbregas
Midfielder
31′ 54′ 70′
3.00
16
Busquets
Midfielder
3.50
17
Alex Song
Midfielder
3.50
7
Pedro
Striker
3.50
9
3.50
10

Substitutes

1
Sergio
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
Samuel
Defender
 - 
30
 - 
14
 - 
17
 - 
20
Toni
Midfielder
55′
2.50
21
 - 
29
3.00

Substitutes

 - 
13
3.00
2
Montoya
Defender
31′
 - 
6
Xavi
Midfielder
 - 
8
 - 
14
 - 
11
Neymar
Striker
 - 
20
Tello
Striker
83′

Coach/Manager

-
2.50

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
26 4
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0