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March 30, 2013
• Estadio de Balaídos, Vigo
Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
• Attendance: 29000
Celta de Vigo
Natxo Insa 38'
Borja Oubiña 88'
L. Messi 73'
Full time in Balaidos! Barcelona fought back from a goal behind through goals from Cristian Tello and Lionel Messi and looked poised see out the victory, but a dramatic equaliser from Borja Oubina has earned a brave point for Celta in the battle against relegation. The hosts deserve the point in the end! I'm Martin Macdonald, thank you for joining us on Goal.com! See you next time!
Barca have nobody but themselves to blame for this! They failed to see out the match and Celta have bravely fought back!
Assist Fabián Orellana
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL FOR CELTA VIGO!! The hosts equalise!!! Orellana picks up the ball on the edge of the area to the right-hand side and clips a superb cross to the back post for Oubina, who bullets a header across goal into the far corner!! The crowd go wild!!
Yellow Card Busquets
Yellow Card Augusto Fernández
The frustration is starting to show for the Celta players, too. Augusto Fernandez goes into the book and cynically hacking at the calf of Sergio Busquets.
And Barcelona are doing exactly that now. Song, Busquets, and Iniesta are just running down the clock with their tiki-taka football in central areas. The Celta fans are getting frustrated as their players just can't seem to get the ball at the moment.
Jordi Roura just looking to tighten things up now. Cesc Fabregas comes off for Busquets, who'll just patiently keep the ball for Barca in the middle of the park.
Lévy Clément Madinda
Barca may be dominating the ball, but 2-1 is still a precarious scoreline, so Celta should aim to go gung-ho in the last 10 minutes. They may as well lose 3-1 or 4-1 and have a go than sit back.
Celta make their final throw of the dice introduce their last sub. Goalscorer, Natxo Insa is replaced by Levy Madinda.
Well, we're going to have to start coming up with new records for Lionel Messi to break. Scoring in 19 consecutive games in the Spanish Primera Division truly is remarkable.
Celta no longer face the tough decision of whether to sit back or go forward to find another goal. Abel Resino's side will have to come out of their shell a little if they are going to find anything from this match.
Goal Lionel Messi
GOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!!! Messi breaks another record!! The Argentine slips the ball out wide to Tello and then runs inside to receive the ball back and comfortably convert into the corner! He's now scored in 19 consecutive La Liga games! Utterly sensational!
Barcelona have looked dangerous after the introduction of Villa and Iniesta. They've added a lot of intensity up top.
Superb defending from Lago!!! Tello leaves Jony for dead with his pace down the left-hand side and lashes a dangerous cross into the middle! Villa is all set to tap home but the Celta left-back comes in with a wonderful interception inside the six yard box!
Celta follow suit and make a substitution of their own. Danijel Pranjic is withdrawn for Quique de Lucas.
Jordi Roura makes his second change of the match for the Catalan side. This time it's David Villa who enters the fray in place of Alexis Sanchez. Not bad subs to bring on, is it?
Apologies to Lionel Messi! It appears the Argentine's attempt clipped off the leg of Demidov on it's way to goal. Barcelona get the corner kick.
MESSI!! That's a bad miss by his high standards!! Dani Alves slides a pass into the box for the Argentine who wildly lashes a right-footed strike yards over the bar!
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Not the sight Celta wanted to see. Andres Iniesta is introduced in place of Thiago Alcantara in the middle for Barca.
Yellow Card Alexis Sánchez
Well, what is the referee doing here? Alexis Sanchez takes the ball cleanly down on his chest and looks to run through on goal but the official gives a free kick to the hosts after judging that the Chilean controlled with his arm. Very poor decision.
Yellow Card Roberto Lago
First change of the match from Celta Vigo. Mario Bermejo is introduced in place of Park-Chu-Young. The South-Korean has struggled to make an impact up top for the hosts.
Barca manage to get the ball in the Celta net, but again the play is brought back for an offside. This time it's Tello who runs through on goal and terrifically chips the 'keeper, but unlucky for him the hosts get the free kick.
Poor from Pique. A corner kick is cleared by Celta and the ball eventually comes to Alves who clips a ball to the back post for the former Manchester United man. He takes the ball down expertly but attempts a near impossible pass inside to Cesc, which Varas comfortably claims.
PARK!!! Ohhh that was just wide!! Augusto Fernandez does well to get the better of Martin Montoya and dig out a cross to the front post from the byline. The on-loan Arsenal man latches on to the pass and screws a shot the wrong side of the post. Decent attempt but Pinto never really looked troubled.
Just a little glimpse of Andres Iniesta going through a rather vigorous warm-up on the side of the park. The World Cup winner will certainly inject some creativity in the final third.
Barca have just lacked a little creativity in the middle of the park so far. Iniesta, Xavi, and Busquets aren't playing though so it's only natural that some quality will be missing. Cesc, Song, and Thiago just simply haven't had the best of games so far, though.
Good defending from Roberto Lago. Alexis Sanchez, who has been quiet tonight, takes on the full back down the wing and looks to hit the byline but the Celta man remains solid to block the ball out for a corner kick.
Celta are still working really hard in the middle of the park. Barca don't usually like it when they are being pressed high up the park and that's exactly what he hosts are doing. However, more often than not it tires teams out.
We are back under way at Balaidos!
Half time at Balaidos. Celta took the lead through Natxo Insa eight minutes before the break but Cristian Tello equalised for the hosts just five minutes later. The hosts have acquitted themselves well and both sides will certainly feel that they are in with a shout! 1-1. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half, you don't want to miss it!
Assist Lionel Messi
GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAL FOR BARCELONA!! They reply almost immediately!! Cristian Tello breaks the Celta offside trap and takes time to open up to body and wonderfully curl the ball into the far corner! What a fantastic finish that was! Thierry Henry-esque!
Yellow Card Oubiña
Javi Varas makes the save!! The Celta 'keeper makes his way to the other end of the goal to palm away Messi's curled free kick! Barca get the corner.
Borja Oubina receives a booking for a very cynical challenge on Messi just on the edge of the area. Free kick to Barca in a great position.
Assist Fabián Orellana
Goal Natxo Insa
GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL FOR CELTA!!! The hosts take the lead!! Orellana receives the ball to the right of the box and feigns to shoot twice before eventually weakly striking at goal, but Natxo Insa is there to stab home from a few yards out! 1-0!
Messi gets the ball in the back of the net but once again we see a correctly disallowed goal. Alexis looked to be crowded out but stabbed a ball through to the Argentine who wonderfully finished with a cheeky chip, but he is flagged as offside.
Celta miss by a foot!! Oubina rises high and heads at goal from a corner kick, but his attempt flashes by the left-hand post! Pinto was rooted to the spot there! The hosts have been a bit of a danger from set-pieces.
Yellow Card Gustavo Daniel Cabral
Poor finish from Tello. The 21-year-old latches on to a through pass from Messi down the inside left channel and has Alexis inside the box for support, but he lashes a left-footed strike wayward over the bar.
Penalty shout for Barcelona!! Messi twists and turns inside the area and looks poised to have a strike at goal but his legs become tangles with Demidov's and he goes down! The referee waves play on! That one is up for debate!
Double save from Pinto!! Pique makes a horrendous error which wickedly deflects the ball towards goal! The 'keeper makes a instinctive save before quickly getting up to deny a Fernandez strike towards the front post! Top goalkeeping!
Fantastic interception from Demidov!! Messi curls in a teasing free kick to the back post and Alexis Sanchez looks destined to smash home, but a last minute flick of the foot from the Celta man deflects the ball out for a corner. Vital, vital, block.
Yellow Card Cesc Fàbregas
First yellow card of the match goes to Cesc Fabregas. The former Arsenal man picks up a booking for mouthing off to the referee, which is always a silly reason to go into the book.
Penalty shout for Celta!! Park gets the wrong side of Bartra and looks to drive towards goal but is unceremoniously bundled over by the Barca man! The home crowd are not happy as the referee fails to point to the penalty spot!
Barca once again look to find an opening down the right-hand side. Most of their play has went down that flank so far and they look to try and find Dani Alves as the Brazilian makes an overlapping run. He's flagged as offside, though.
A blow for Celta is certainly the absence of top goalscorer, Iago Aspas. The 25-year-old is suspended after being sent off in the Galician derby against Deportivo last week. Park Chu-Young is his replacement up top.
Barca are just lacking a little cutting edge in the opening stages here. They are naturally saw plenty of the ball but Javi Varas has barely been troubled in the Celta goal.
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GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL FOR CELTA!!! WAIT! NO! OFFSIDE!! A corner kick is floated in to the back post and cleared by Barca, but the ball is headed back into the danger area and Augusto Fernandez finished with a terrific volley with his back to goal. The linesman correctly puts up his flag, though.
Celta have just begun to find their feet after a strong start from Barca. One thing is for sure, the hosts aren't lacking any support tonight. Balaidos is bouncing!
Orellana whips in the corner kick but Jose Pinto commandingly comes off his line to clear the ball out of the box with a strong punch.
Some dodgy defending at the back from Barca eventually sees Celta claim the first corner kick of the match. The untested duo of Marc Bartra and Pique just showed signs of miscommunication there.
Dani Alves goes on a signature marauding run down the right-hand side and quickly shifts the ball inside, but his threaded pass through the middle to Messi is intercepted by Cabral.
Gerard Pique clips a superb pass over the top of the Celta defence and Tello quickly collects before driving to the byline. His cross inside comes to Fabregas but Celta eventually manage to clear the danger.
Predictably, Barcelona start the match by dictating possession in the middle of the park. Celta working hard in their pressing high up the park, though.
We are under way!
Lionel Messi has scored 28 goals in his last 18 Liga outings and is bidding to become the first player in history to score against 19 league opponents in consecutive matches.
However, they can take some confidence from the fact that Barcelona have won just one of their last five away games across all competitions.
The Galician outfit have won just one of their last 11 matches in all competitions and are on a three-match losing run in La Liga.
The stats don't make particularly good reading for Celta fans!
Celta (4-5-1): Varas; Jony, Cabral, Demidov, Roberto Lago; Pranjic, Oubina, Insa, Augusto, Orellana; Park.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Pinto; Dani Alves, Pique, Bartra, Montoya; Song, Fabregas, Thiago; Alexis, Messi, Tello.
I'm Martin Macdonald, and I'll be taking you through this Saturday afternoon La Liga action!
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