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November 3, 2012
• Camp Nou, Barcelona
Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
• Attendance: 82978
Adriano Correia 21'
David Villa 26'
Jordi Alba 61'
Celta de Vigo
Mario Bermejo 24'
FULL TIME IN CAMP NOU. Goals from Adriano, David Villa, and Jordi Alba see Barca extend their impressive unbeaten run in the league with a 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo. The hosts showed plenty of endeavour and should hold their heads up high after a brave performance. Alba's clearly offside goal was the vital moment in the match but in the end it was a deserved victory for Tito Vilanova's men! Thank you for joining us on Goal.com! I'm Martin Macdonald, see you next time!
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Superb save from Javi Varas!! Pedro looks to get on the scoresheet with a fantastic driven shot from 20 yards! It looked destined for the bottom corner but the Celta goalkeeper palms the ball away!
Celta won't have enough time to make an impact on the match even if they manage to grab a goal back. Barcelona have looked relatively comfortable for the last 20 minutes or so of the match.
The football world breathes a sigh of relief as Messi returns to the park from the sideline. It was probably just a knock to the knee that put him down. The game continues with Barca patiently passing.
Some real concern for Barcelona at the moment. In an attempt to latch on to a loose ball inside the area the Messi is currently down clutching his left knee. It is unclear whether it is contact injury or a muscle injury.
Tunez suffers a kick to the head after he lowered his head to clear away a ball inside the box. Pedro's foot was high too and Celta get the free kick. The defender was down for a few moments but thankfully he is now okay to continue.
Alberto Lago receives the ball in a great position in the inside left channel but with a few team-mates in the box he attempts a shot at goal. However, he was leaning back and the shot goes harmlessly over the bar. His mates in the box don't look too impressed with that.
Fantastic endeavour from Alexis to get back into a defensive position and show great strength and pace to win the ball back after De Lucas looked poised to drive ahead and get a ball into the box. The Chilean breaks out of his own half and now looks to attack.
Barca make their third and final change of the match as David Villa comes off to be replaced by Alexis Sanchez.
A terribly slack pass from Michael Krohn-Dehli allows Xavi to counterattack at pace. The ball comes into Messi who flicks the ball into the path of Villa who drives a half-volleyed cross into the box but Celta clear out for a corner kick.
De Lucas shows impressive trickery near the corner flag to get the better of Alba and bring the ball inside. He flashes a cross into the box but there are no takers for Celta! That was begging to be smashed into the back of the net!
Yellow Card Bartra
Yellow Card Oubiña
Celta play there way out of defence but the play is stopped after Bartra cynically brings down Aspas on the left-hand side after the striker looked to drive down the wing. The Barca substitute receives a deserved yellow card.
Brilliant defending from Alba at the back post. A ball had been whipped in from the left and the ball looked destined for substitute Enrique De Lucas but the Barca defender put the ball out for a corner with a superb clearance.
Aspas attempts to get in between Bartra and Mascherano at the back but a combination of the duo manage to successfully shield the ball back into the hands of Victor Valdes. The Celta striker has run himself into the ground so far. Fair play.
Xavi picks up the ball just outside the box and looks to pick out Dani Alves with a fantastic scooped pass over the top of the Celta defence. The ball reaches the Brazilian but he is correctly ruled as offside. No doubt some ironic cheers would have came from the Celta fans after that decision.
Barca have looked more defensively sounds after Marc Bartra's introduction. Credit has to go to Tito Vilanova for making the change in personnel as quickly as he did.
Well the officials have done Celta absolutely no favours there. It was a great run from Alba but he was at least two yards offside. The linesman should be getting them correct.
Yellow Card Iago Aspas
Assist David Villa
Goal Jordi Alba
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!!! Villa turns the ball round the Celta defence for Jordi Alba and the fullback coolly takes the ball towards goal and goes round Aspas before slotting home. He definitely looked offside there! It wasn't even close! 3-1 Barca.
The ball is played into the feet of Dani Alves and the Brazilian drives towards the Celta defence at pace before turning inside and attempting to pick out Messi on the edge of the box but the visitors outnumber him and steal possession.
Barca are comfortable without being too incisive at the moment. Messi, Iniesta, Pedro and Villa are all exchanging neat passes in the final third but there aren't too may defence-splitting passes or runs being made.
Celta Vigo have the opportunity to get the ball in the box with a free kick around 30 yards from goal. Aspas steps up and whips the ball around the wall in an attempt to catch out Victor Valdes. The Barca goalkeeper was wise to the plan and smothered the ball with a diving save. Good attempt from Aspas, he has been bright tonight.
Some trickery from Iniesta eventually sees Barca break out but he elects to check his run and retain possession inside his own half. Celta have now retreated back into their defensive positions and Barcelona continue their passing game.
Celta pressing very well at the moment. Lopez putting real pressure on Jordi Alba in the left-back position and the visitors have moved high up the park and packed the Barca half.
Messi with a free kick opportunity. It is around 35 yards from goal and the Argentine whistles a shot over the bar. I wonder if we will see a rendition of Bebeto's famous baby celebration at the 1994 World Cup if Messi scores today. His partner gave birth to a baby boy on Friday.
Iago Aspas goes close!! The young forward hustles and presses the ball before stealing possession. He finds himself at a very tight angle but digs out a terrific left-footed attempt that squeezes just by the post! Very unlucky!
A change to report at half time as Cesc Fabregas comes off for Marc Bartra. The substitute will join Javier Mascherano in defence and Busquets will come forward to his usual role in midfield.
WE ARE BACK UNDERWAY IN CAMP NOU!
HALF TIME IN CAMP NOU. A goal each from Adriano and David Villa see Barcelona narrowly in front at the break after Bermejo's equaliser. Plenty of possession as usual for the hosts but Celta are by no means out of this. 2-1. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half!
Messi puts intense pressure on Javi Varas at the back but the Celta goalkeeper shows incredibly poise to fake to clear and then shift the ball inside. His manager might not love that but it was certainly calm and collected at the back.
A nasty collision in the centre of midfield. Cesc raises his boot a little too highly and catches Bermejo on the chin with his studs. There was nothing malicious involved but it looked painful. Bermejo doesn't make too much of a fuss and play continues.
After the flurry of goals just after the 20-minute mark the game has quietened down slightly. Barca with plenty of possession but not as much of a cutting edge in the last ten minutes or so.
Adriano has picked up an injury. The right-back looks to have tweaked his groin and he'll be replaced by Dani Alves down the wing. Not a bad substitution.
What is Lionel Messi doing! He does well to begin with and latches on to a mistake at the back from Celta to drive through on goal and with only Varas to beat he takes touch after touch until eventually the chance is gone and Celta are back in position. Odd from the Argentine.
Adriano truly is Barcelona's utility man. In the Clasico he was employed as a centre back and today he is shifted out to left. However, with the way he is playing you would think he was a swashbuckling winger.
The ball comes out to Pedro at pace on the inside right channel. He attempts to cushion the ball into the path of Adriano who had made a marauding run through the middle but Bermejo is there to make a strong challenge and clear the ball.
David Villa is flagged as offside on the left-hand side despite being around four yards onside. Terrible decision. Perhaps the fact he is Barcelona's most offside player this season worked against him there.
It is quite odd to watch a match knowing that there will definitely be more goals. It is so incredibly open at the moment. This probably favours Barca but Celta have already shown that they have pace to burn on the counterattack.
Goal David Villa
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!! It is raining goals here!! David Villa superbly flicks the ball into the path of Iniesta down the left who drives into the box before returning the ball into his team-mate who expertly drives the ball home! 2-1!
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL FOR CELTA VIGO!!! Where were the Barca defenders!? A ball is played out to the right for Lopez who finds acres of space to drive towards goal and attempt a shot at goal. Valdes makes the save but Bermejo stabs in the rebound! 1-1!
GOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!!! A great team goal! A flurry of passes outside the box sees the ball eventually come out to Pedro on the right-hand side who flashes a cross along the six-yard-box for Adriano who slides home! 1-0!
Fantastic goalkeeping from Victor Valdes!!! Aspas beats the Barca offside trap and finds himself one-on-one with the Barcelona goalkeeper, who dashes out from goal and make himself big to make the save. Considering he has had nothing to do so far, it was a terrific save.
Decent save from Javi Varas. Lionel Messi majestically takes down the ball just inside the area and attempts to curl it into the far corner but the Celta goalkeeper beats the ball away with authority. Comfortable for Varas.
Iago Aspas has had a couple of fleeting moments of quality in the match. He has received a number of balls into his feet and has done well to hold the play up for his team-mates. If Celta are to get anything out of this match, you feel he is going to play a part.
The stats do not make good reading for Celta going in to tonight. The Galician side have lost all their five away fixtures to date this season, whereas Barcelona have won 10 of their last 11 matches in all competitions.
The ball comes out to Adriano at right-back and the Brazilian fires the ball into the feet of Pedro down the right who turns attempts to take on the Celta defence but again the visitors manage to smuggle the ball away. First real glimpse of Pedro in the match.
Messi cuts in from the right wing and powerfully runs towards goal before cleverly flicking the ball into the feet of Iniesta, who has a shot at goal from 20 yards but it goes just over the bar. Great play from the hosts. They look in the mood!
A fair amount of Barca's play so far has gone down the left-hand side through Jordi Alba and David Villa. The pair almost pulled of a magnificent one-two over the top of the Celta defence but the hosts just managed to clear the ball from danger.
Celta have made their intentions known early in the match. They have soaked up pressure so far from Barca but are prepared to counterattack at pace down the flanks.
A slight rush of blood to the head for Cesc Fabregas in the opening stages. The ball bounced up nicely for him around 25 yards from goal and hes tries his luck with a half-volley shot but it goes over the bar without troubling Javi Varas. We'll forgive him since its only early.
THE GAME IS UNDERWAY AT CAMP NOU!
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Another mismatch at the centre of defence for Barcelona tonight. The defensive pairing at the back is Busquets and Mascherano. They have played there together before so it should not be too alien to them, but Celta may look to exploit the area.
This is the starting XI of Celta: Varas; Mallo, Tunez, Cabral, Lago; Lopez, Oubina, Fernandez, Krohn-Dehli Aspas; Bermejo.
This is how Barcelona will be lining up tonight: Valdes; Adriano, Busquets, Mascherano, Alba; Xavi, Cesc, Iniesta; Pedro, Messi, Villa.
THE TEAMS ARE IN.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through the action tonight. Lets hope we see an entertaining game with plenty of action and goals! Whenever Barca are around, we usually get both, but Celta will certainly be no pushovers!
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