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  • March 26, 2014
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Miguel Ángel Ayza Gámez
  • • Attendance: 67162
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  • I'm Alex Moretto, and I'd like to thank you all for joining me today at the Camp Nou. Good bye!
  • FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 3-0 CELTA DE VIGO. A brace from Neymar gives the hosts a valuable three points as they jump to the top of the La Liga table for the time being, with both Madrid clubs set to kick-off in about five minutes time. It's a valuable three points for the hosts, perhaps overshadowed by the injury to Victor Valdes.
  • 90' + 3'
    That's it! The referee blows the whistle, and it's three points for Barcelona.
  • 90' + 3'
    Song and Bermejo both helped off the field now after colliding knee on knee. With the amount of injuries that we've seen today, you get the sense it would be wise of the referee to bring this one to an end as soon as possible.
  • 90' + 2'
    Nothing really happening now as Barcelona look to wind down the clock. Celta continue to chase and pressure the ball but some confident passing allows the hosts to escape any danger.
  • 90'
    Three minutes of added time...
  • 87'
    GREAT SAVE YOEL! The Celta keeper dives across to make a fine save on Roberto who got on the end of a nice pass from Fabregas.
  • 85'
    Bermejo gets on the end of a cross now but he can't beat Pinto! Incredible reactions from the substitute keeper to prevent that one from going in.
  • 84'
    Yellow Card Hugo Mallo
  • 84'
    Barcelona passing it around just outside the box, and Jordi Alba lets fly, missing the near post by a foot or two. Celta back the other way and Alex Lopez dances into the box forcing a smart save by Pinto who just fists it away from danger.
  • 81'
    STAT ATTACK: The Celts have been shutout in four of their last seven matches. They have scored two goals only once during that span.
  • 79'
    Pinto looked at by the medical staff now after slamming his leg into the post. He looks alright, but it hasn't been a good day for the Barcelona goalkeepers.
  • 77'
    NEARLY DISASTROUS FROM PINTO! Sergi Roberto puts his keeper under a ton of pressure with his back pass, but he still has time to make a clearance. His sliding effort bounces off the substitute Bermejo and just rolls wide of the post!
  • 76'
    Yellow Card Augusto Fernández
  • 75'
    Barcelona are really coming on strong here. Fabregas with a lovely pass to pick out Roberto, forcing the defender into a foul. The free kick is played short as Barcelona continue to keep possession.
  • 74'
    Substitution Andreu Fontàs Prat Oubiña
  • 73'
    FANTASTIC DEFENDING! Alexis is sent in behind the defence, but Johnny races in from his left-back position and lunges in with a superb tackle to deflect the finish away from goal.
  • 71'
    Substitution Neymar Pedro
  • 71'
    Loud applause for Neymar as he is subbed off now, on a hat-trick. Fantastic performance put in by the Brazilian who has really come on strong for Barcelona in the last couple of matches.
  • 69'
    That goal will go a long way in helping Barcelona see this one out. Celta were starting to grow in confidence, but that will surely see this one out.
  • 67'
    Assist Alexis Sánchez
  • 67'
    Goal Neymar
  • 67'
    GOOOOAL! It's all over now! Neymar gets on the end of a sensational ball from Alexis Sanchez, but still has a lot of work to do. He splits Madinda and Fontas with a lovely bit of skill, and slots home into the far corner.
  • 65'
    Celta just finding their legs a bit here as they see more and more of the ball, although struggle to make the most of it.
  • 64'
    Substitution Fabián Orellana Bermejo
  • 63'
    Appeals for a penalty as Madinda goes down just outside the area, and is lucky not to be booked for simulation. The replay shows there was no contact made between him and Neymar.
  • 61'
    Successive corners here for Celta that they fail to create anything from as they put Barcelona under a bit of pressure here.
  • 59'
    Messi takes the free kick quickly, lobbing it in for Fabregas who beats Yoel with a superb finish. For a third time today, however, the goal is called back on an offside. It was the right call, but that doesn't take anything away from the quality of that finish from Fabregas.
  • 58'
    Hugo Mallo is an an absolute loss. He can't deal with the skill and pace of Neymar, and commits yet another foul, giving Barcelona a free kick from 25 yards out.
  • 56'
    Hearing word now that the initial diagnosis on Victor Valdes is a torn cruciate ligament. You have to feel for the Barcelona keeper, who would miss out on the rest of the season, as well as the World Cup, if the initial diagnoses is correct.
  • 54'
    TWO EXCEPTIONAL SAVES BY PINTO! The substitute keeper has the crowd on their feet and the Camp Nou! Celta break on a counter, and Orellana lofts a beautifully chipped pass in for Fernandez who can't beat Pinto with his touch. Santi Mina races in and smacks the rebound towards goal, but Pinto is able to recover and change direction to make an incredible diving stop!
  • 52'
    Neymar with an exceptional bit of skill as he beats Hugo Mallo clean. The right-back is forced to pull him back and concede a foul, but isn't shown a yellow card, much to the dismay of the Barcelona players.
  • 50'
    Barcelona already showing signs of slowing down the pace. They will likely look for a third and then see this one out. Celta don't look ready to admit defeat just yet, however, as they get forward and win a corner.
  • 48'
    WHOA! Neymar has a shot from a few feet outside the box, and gets it all wrong, sending it into the second deck at the Camp Nou. He lets out a rye smile, having some fun at his own expense after that shot.
  • 46'
    Substitution Andrés Iniesta Luján Sergi Roberto
  • 46'
    Celta kick-off the second half, as we're back underway at the Camp Nou. Barcelona immediately win possession and Alexis gets forward in two chances to cross, but Johnny Castro does a great job to dispossess him and stop the attack.
  • The players make there way back out onto the pitch as the second half gets set to begin.
  • STAT ATTACK: Including today, Barcelona's last 16 goals against Celta have been scored by 14 different players (Messi has three).
  • HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 2-0 CELTA DE VIGO. The hosts have outclassed their opponents from start to finish, in a first-half perhaps overshadowed by a gruesome injury to Barcelona stopper Victor Valdes.
  • 45' + 4'
    Yellow Card Jordi Alba
  • 45' + 4'
    Referee Miguel Ayza blows his half-time whistle, as the players anxiously head to the locker room to check on their injured teammates.
  • 45' + 3'
    Unnecessary tackle from Jordi Alba who slides into the back of Alex Lopez. In a game where we've already seen two injuries, that's hardly a tackle that needs to be made.
  • 45' + 1'
    Into the first of four minutes of added time. Former Barcelona player Andreu Fontas with a great move to nutmeg Bartra and break into the box, but Song is there to cover and makes a nice tackle to stop his run.
  • 45'
    ALEXIS! The Chilean takes a pass from Adriano and runs at the defence. He glances up and sees an opening towards the near post, but sends his shot into the side netting from 25 yards out.
  • 43'
    Aurtenetxe has a few choice words for Alexis now after the defender did a good job shielding off the Chilean who was making a run forward. Alexis appeals for a foul, and Aurtenetxe wasn't too pleased with his complaining.
  • 41'
    Celta enjoying their first extended period of possession. This is more like the Celts, however, they are struggling to move the ball up the pitch, passing as far back as Yoel in order to keep it away from Barcelona.
  • 39'
    Cabral tried to give it a go after picking up that injury to his ankle, but was visibly laboring out there, forcing Luis Enrique into making a substitution.
  • 38'
    Substitution Gustavo Daniel Cabral Íñigo López
  • 38'
    Neymar making life very difficult for Mallo along the left. Barcelona doing a great job of exposing Celta on the flanks. The Brazilian pulls it back for Alexis at the top of the box, but his shot is blocked and sent behind for a corner kick.
  • 37'
    Good defending by Aurtenetxe. Adriano gets up again from the back and beats the defender, who recovers well to sniff out the attack at the vital moment.
  • 36'
    Celta's defenders don't look like they're up to the task today. Messi picks out Neymar with a nice ball, but the Brazilian just mistimes his diagonal run and is called on the offside, after sliding the ball past Yoel into the back of the net.
  • 34'
    STAT ATTACK: Lionel Messi has scored a hat-trick in two consecutive league matches for the first time since March 2010.
  • 32'
    Neymar causing more problems for Celta. This time Mallo stays with him well, however, and makes a nice intervention to send the ball out for a corner kick.
  • 30'
    Assist Andrés Iniesta Luján
  • 30'
    Goal Lionel Messi
    GOOOOOOAL! I was wondering how the delays would effect the pace of the game. Looks like it didn't have an effect whatsoever. Iniesta picks out Messi with another fantastic ball. The Argentine rounds Yoel and finishes into an empty net.
  • 29'
    Cabral is carried off the field, and once again we're back underway.
  • 27'
    Neymar is forced to kick the ball out of play now as we have another player down injured. This time it's center-back Gustavo Cabral who is in serious pain, clutching his ankle after a collision with Alexis. Stretcher out again as the training staff attends to the Argentine.
  • 25'
    Valdes with his hands over his face as he's carried off the field. Puyol and Xavi exchanging a few words in the stands, with a look of despair on their faces. The match has resumed now, and we'll see how the players respond after the injury to their friend and teammate.
  • 23'
    Substitution Víctor Valdés José Pinto Colorado
  • 23'
    There's a long delay now, as Victor Valdes is down injured. The replay shows the goalkeeper hyper-extended his knee, and it bent very awkwardly. Somber few minutes here at the Camp Nou as Valdes is carried off the field on a stretcher in obvious pain.
  • 21'
    Yellow Card Adriano
  • 21'
    LINESMAN SAYS NO! The referee gets some help from the linesman, who says the handball occurred just outside the box, so Celta will have to settle for a free kick. Orellana takes it, and Valdes makes a nice save.
  • 20'
    PENALTY! Celta, on their first attack of the game, work the ball nicely along the area. Orellana tries to send in Mina but it's blocked by the hand of Bartra, and without hesitation the referee awards a penalty!
  • 18'
    Celta finally get a look at a counter, as Fontas tries to start a break. Mascherano comes flying in and makes a wonderful tackle to halt the attack. Fine tackle from the Argentine.
  • 17'
    INCREDIBLE SAVE BY YOEL! Alexis plays Messi through on goal after beating his marker. He tries a low left footed shot but Yoel keeps his right hand firm just to get enough of it. Great save to keep this at 1-0.
  • 15'
    NEYMAR! Barcelona break down Celta far too easily at the back. Messi tries to pick out Neymar, but his pass is a bit far ahead and the Brazilian can only put his shot into the side netting.
  • 14'
    Barcelona looking like it's only a matter of time before they nab a second. Adriano up in attack again, crosses in for Neymar but it's just inches away from his countryman who can't head home.
  • 13'
    Adriano has a go! The right-back gets well up the field and cuts by a defender before trying to curl his shot into the far corner, but Yoel makes a difficult catch.
  • 11'
    NEYMAR! Scrumptious football from the Brazilian. He takes a pass from Alexis and takes the opportunity to run at the defender. He beats Hugo Mallo with his pace, then cuts back, causing the defender to slip and fall. He tries to return the favor, crossing in for Alexis, but Aurtenetxe is there to just clear it away.
  • 9'
    That early goal has really sprung the crowd to life! Barcelona playing with a spring in their step. With the top of the table as tight as it is, they know there's no room for messing around.
  • 8'
    STAT ATTACK: In their previous nine head-to-head matches, Barcelona had scored just once inside of 20 minutes.
  • 6'
    Assist Alexis Sánchez
  • 6'
    Goal Neymar
    GOOOOOOOOAAL! Well it has really been coming for Barcelona. Absolutely wonderful build-up. Messi plays in Alexis, who squares it for Neymar who has an easy tap-in into an empty net.
  • 4'
    MESSI! Iniesta shows his class sending in the Argentine with a superb ball. Messi beats the keeper with a chip at the near post but the play is blown for an offside! It was a good call by the linesman, as Messi just mistimed his run.
  • 3'
    Celta, who insisted on attacking the Barcelona back line, have everyone behind the ball to start here. That's not stopping Martino's men from keeping possession well in the attacking third.
  • 1'
    Barcelona kick off and we're underway at the Camp Nou! Just one point separating the top three teams in La Liga, we'll see if the Blaugrana can jump in front in their match-up today.
  • The players make their way out onto the pitch, shake hands and get set for kick-off! The crowd is a bit more surpressed as usual, perhaps still recovering from Sunday's massive victory in the Clasico.
  • STAT ATTACK: Celta de Vigo have managed an impressive five draws in their last nine league trips to the Camp Nou.
  • TEAM NEWS: Celta welcome back central defenders Gustavo Cabral and Jon Aurtenetxe from suspension, and it couldn't have come at a more necessary time.
  • CELTA SUBS: Alvarez, Oubina, Bermejo, Nolito, Charles, Inigo Lopez, Costas.
  • CELTA XI (4-3-3): Yoel; Hugo Mallo, Cabral, Aurtenetxe, Johnny; Fontas, Madinda, Lopez; Fernandez, Santi Mina, Orellana.
  • CELTA XI (4-3-3): Yoel; Hugo Mallo, Cabral, Aurtenetxe, Johnny; Fontas, Madinda, Lopez; Fernandez, Santi Mina, Orellana.
  • TEAM NEWS: Captain Carles Puyol (knee) remains out, as do Jonathan dos Santos (knee) and Isaac Cuenca (hamstring).
  • BARCELONA SUBS: Pique, Pedro, Pinto, Busquets, Tello, Alves, Roberto.
  • BARCELONA XI (4-3-3): Valdes; Adriano, Bartra, Mascherano, Alba; Song, Iniesta, Fabregas; Alexis, Messi, Neymar.
  • The teams have been announced, so let us have ourselves a look at today's starting line-ups:
  • Celta de Vigo, led by former Barcelona player Luis Enrique, sit in 12th place entering the match, but are an uncomfortable six point cushion separating them from the relegation zone. Despite their proximity to the drop, there are six clubs who would have to pass the Celts to put them in any real danger.
  • Barcelona dragged themselves back into the title race with a 4-3 win at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, completing the double over Real Madrid in the league this season. Gerardo Martino's men trail Atletico and Real by a single point with nine games remaining in the season, and look to make up ground on the two Madrid clubs who both play later tonight.
  • Good afternoon La Liga fans around the world, and welcome to tonight's clash between Barcelona and Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou, with a big three points on the line as the title race rounds its final turn. I'm Alex Moretto and I'll be your in-game host, guiding you through the match LIVE as it happens!