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October 1, 2013
• Celtic Park, Glasgow
Referee: S. Lannoy
• Attendance: 57000
90' + 4'
There goes the full-time whistle! Barcelona get the three points! Celtic will feel slightly aggrieved after battling hard and limiting the Spanish giants to very few chances indeed, while if either of Forrest or Mulgrew's quick-fire chances had found the net things could have been so different. However, after Brown saw red for kicking out at Neymar, it was always going to be tough and with about 15 minutes remaining Fabregas broke Scottish hearts with a well-placed header. That's two wins out of two for the Catalans, and two losses from two for Lennon's side.
90' + 1'
Forster once more keeps out Barcelona - this time Neymar again - with a brilliant one-on-one save! Four minutes added on, meanwhile.
Yellow Card Alexis Sánchez
DOUBLE SAVE FORSTER! The Celtic keeper reacts fantastically to keep out the initial effort from Neymar, before getting down again extremely quickly to stop the second strike from Adriano too.
Yellow Card E. Izaguirre
Samaras breaks on the right for Celtic but his cross is too heavy and Alves is able to clear the danger.
Neymar crosses from the right but Forster collects the ball with ease.
And now Barcelona do what they do best - knock the ball around and keep possesion.
Yellow Card Georgios Samaras
Assist Alexis Sánchez
Goal Cesc Fàbregas
GOAL! Fabregas puts Barcelona 1-0 up! Sanchez picks out the midfielder with a decent ball into the box, with the former Arsenal man heading it back where it came and into the far corner, leaving Forster stranded and unable to keep it out.
Yellow Card Busquets
SO CLOSE FOR CELTIC! Forrest forces a decent dave from Valdes after connecting with a bouncing ball, before Mulgrew heads inches wide with the Barcelona keeper in no man's land! He should have done better there!
Xavi and Neymar play a brilliant one-two just inside the Celtic box but the Brazilian's effort slices wide of the post.
Space opens up for Pedro and then Fabregas in the Celtic box, however the latter's ball is blocked and then hacked clear.
Bartra fires a shot on goal from way out, it has plenty of power but is a comfortable height for Forster who saves it with ease.
Valdes flaps unconvincingly at a ball into the box - Celtic want a corner but the referee gives a goal-kick. Meanwhile things are starting to heat up a bit with a number of little fouls being conceded.
Xavi fires the resulting free-kick straight out of play, while booing rings around Celtic Park.
Red Card Scott Brown
RED CARD! Celtic captain Brown sees red! The midfielder pulls back Neymar as the Barcelona man breaks forward, before kicking out at the attacker whilst he's on the floor. It's a contentious one but probably just about the right decision.
Commons whips in a cross from the left after good work from Samaras, but Stokes can't quite get on the end of it.
Yellow Card Cesc Fàbregas
Xavi fires an attempt at goal but Van Dijk is in the right place at the right time and makes the block.
Lustig fires a free-kick towards Barcelona's box, which Samaras flicks on, but the ball just won't fall to a Celtic player. Eventually it comes out to Brown but he fires off-target.
Stokes wins a free-kick, and a moment of rest-bite, as he turns neatly away from Busquets.
The second half starts as the first ended; with Barcelona on the ball, trying - and failing - to break down Celtic's defence as Neymar fails to find Fabregas.
And we're back underway at Celtic Park.
And there goes the half-time whistle, with the score still at 0-0. Lennon can be very happy indeed with his side's performance so far, Celtic limiting Barcelona to barely any chances most of which have been longer-range efforts. Neymar, Iniesta & co have looked dangerous at times but, overall, they have missed Messi's definitive touch. Don't go anywhere!
Xavi fires it into the danger zone but Forster just about flaps it behind for a corner, which Celtic clear.
Yellow Card M. Lustig
Neymar beats Lustig on the left flank before being brought down by the Celtic man. Barcelona have a free-kick in a good area ...
Neymar flicks an effort just wide of the post after a great ball in from Alves. That was close!
Adam Matthews breaks down the right, showing good pace, but his attempted cross is poor and goes straight behind.
Neymar makes his way back onto the pitch as Gerard Pique fires a long ball straight out of play.
Neymar goes down clutching his face after an, accidental, clash of heads with Emilio Izaguirre. He is now receiving treatment on the sidelines as the game continues.
Neymar, popping up on the right-hand-side now, whips in a cross but Ambrose in once again positioned well and makes the clearance.
Iniesta looks to play the ball into the Celtic penalty area but overhits it, his cross rolling harmlessly out for a goal-kick.
Adriano gets into a great position after a good one-two with Neymar but his final effort only finds the side netting.
A poor Fraser Forster clearance almost allows Barcelona in on goal but, once again, they can't quite work a shooting opportunity.
Barcelona are struggling to find any way through this Celtic defence as of yet, as another cross-field ball is cut out by Ambrose.
Iniesta fires over the bar from range after creating a yard for himself with a neat sidestep.
Neymar then shoots wide with a tame shot from outside the penalty area.
Alves finds Fabregas in too much space inside the Celtic box but his shot is straight at Ambrose who makes the block.
Cesc Fabregas tries a neat flick to put Iniesta through, but Celtic's defence are well-positioned and Efe Ambrose clears the danger.
Samaras breaks down the left after Van Dijk clears Iniesta's ball into the penalty box, however the Celtic striker's touch is too heavy and Busquets wins it back.
Barcelona are just knocking the ball around as they look to slow the tempo down for a moment.
Sergio Busquets slides in to block a Kris Commons effort after good work from Stokes and Mikael Lustig on the right. Celtic are looking dangerous on the break, here.
Victor Valdes makes a good one-on-one stop to deny Georgios Samaras after a lovely ball through from Anthony Stokes. Celtic waste the resulting corner by conceding a free-kick.
Virgil Van Dijk makes an important tackle to deny Andres Iniesta a chance on goal - the hosts clear the resulting corner before Daniel Alves lashes the loose ball well over the bar.
Barcelona are dominating possesion, as you would expect, during the early exchanges, however the Celtic defence holds firm as Efe Ambrose heads away an attempted ball over the top.
And we're underway.
Just under five minutes to go at Celtic Park - let's hope for a good'un!
Now let's just look back to matchday one for a moment, where these two sides had contrasting fortunes. Celtic lost 2-0 to AC Milan at the San Siro, while Messi scored a hat-trick as Barcelona thumped Dutch side Ajax 4-0. Of course the visitors are without the Argentine tonight, but they still have plenty of danger men for Neil Lennon to look out for.
Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Bartra, Adriano; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro, Fabregas, Neymar.Subs: Sanchez, Song, Dos Santos, Tello, Pinto Colorado, Sergi, Montoya
Celtic: Forster; Lustig, Van Dijk, Ambrose, Izaguirre; Matthews, Brown, Mulgrew, Samaras; Commons; StokesSubs: Zaluska, Biton, Balde, Rogic, Pukki, Kayal, Forrest
Right, first of all, let's take a look at tonight's teams ...
Evening folks, and welcome to our play-by-play text commentary of Celtic's Champions League clash with Barcelona. The Scottish side welcome the Spanish giants to Celtic Park having beaten them 2-1 at home in last year's competition, and with Lionel Messi out of action could they do it again?
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