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Celta de Vigo v Barcelona Live Commentary, 06/11/21

FT
3 - 3
CEL
BAR
Iago Aspas (52)
Nolito (74)
Iago Aspas (90+6)
Ansu Fati (5)
Sergio Busquets (18)
M. Depay (34)
Abanca-Balaídos

Commentary

That's all for today, goodbye! 
Barcelona's wait for an away win in the league goes on after blowing their lead here and that draw means they stay ninth in the table. Their next game is against Espanyol in two weeks' time, when Xavi will take charge for the first time. Celta move up to 14th and they have Villarreal next time out.
Celta come from 3-0 down at half-time to draw 3-3 with Barcelona! The visitors were cruising at half-time, with goals from Fati, Busquets and Depay giving them a strong advantage, but the hosts didn't give up. They had an early second-half goal ruled out for offside before Aspas pulled one back. Nolito got the second with a diving header minutes after he'd had one chalked off for a handball. De Jong hit the crossbar for Barca, before Aspas scored his second of the game in the final seconds of stoppage time to complete the comeback with a brilliant finish.
90' + 8' FULL-TIME: CELTA VIGO 3-3 BARCELONA.
Iago Aspas
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
90' + 7' Aspas took his shirt off as he led the celebrations, so he's booked.
Javier Galán
Assist
Celta de Vigo
90' + 6' The initial cross in from Vazquez was over everybody, but Galan was up in support again and pulled it back for Aspas on the edge of the box.
Iago Aspas
Goal
Celta de Vigo
90' + 6' ASPAS EQUALISES! Celta have done it! The Barcelona players have their heads in their hands, and they can't believe it. It's a brilliantly taken goal from Aspas as he hits Galan's cross first time, whipping it around Ronald Araujo and into the far corner of the net. 3-3! 
F. de Jong
Yellow Card
Barcelona
90' + 5' The yellow card is out again, this time for De Jong who was time-wasting.
A. Ezzalzouli
Yellow Card
Barcelona
90' + 5' Ezzalzouli goes down a little too easily in the box for the referee's liking, and he's booked for diving. 
M. ter Stegen
Yellow Card
Barcelona
90' + 3' Ter Stegen is taking a long time over this goal-kick and is booked for time-wasting.
90' + 2' Still, Celta push for a late equaliser as the clock ticks closer to the end of the game. It's fizzed in by Vazquez on the right and Nolito swings and misses. Galan reaches it on the far side, but his wild effort flies high over the bar.
90' CHANCE! Nestor Araujo rides the challenge from Ezzalzouli as he cuts inside from the left and he tries to catch Ter Stegen out at his near post. He fires it into the side netting, but the goalkeeper would've had it covered anyway.
Sergio Busquets
Yellow Card
Barcelona
88' Busquets gave away a free-kick after catching Aspas late, but then gets booked for dissent for his frustrated reaction.
86' OFF THE BAR! Another quick counter from Barcelona catches out Celta with De Jong lifting a shot over Dituro from inside the D. The goalkeeper is nowhere near it and can only watch as it clips the top of his crossbar. 
84' Barcelona do well to keep the ball in midfield as Celta press them high again. Busquets opens up the space, picking out a good pass into Puig on the right. He takes a shot from the edge of the box, but it's tame and rolls straight into Dituro's gloves.
82' It's a poor ball out from the back by Ter Stegen and Galhardo chases it down to reach it before Alba. Barcelona quickly pack back into their box, but Celta are still trying to find a way through.
A. Ezzalzouli
Gavi
Barcelona
80' Another change for Barcelona now and it's Ezzalzouli that's coming on for Gavi.
78' Vazquez's cross is cut out by Ronald Araujo and he sets his side on the counter. Gavi picks out a good pass into Puig on the edge of the box, but his curling shot is straight into Dituro's gloves at the near post.
76' Barcelona look rattled as Celta push for an equaliser. The visitors can't keep hold of the ball when they do win it back, with Celta pressing them high up the field.
F. Cervi
Assist
Celta de Vigo
74' Cervi just steps away from Mingueza and lifts a brilliant cross into the middle of the box for Nolito to reach.
Nolito
Goal
Celta de Vigo
74' NOLITO SCORES! The hosts have another one back! They've been pushing since having a second goal disallowed and it's a great cross from Cervi on the left. Nolito gets in front of Lenglet and throws himself forward to get his head on it. Ter Stegen sticks out a hand, but it's just out of his reach. 3-2!
72' Aspas has scored seven goals (all in LaLiga) against Ter Stegen, more than any other player in the competition (two more than Maxi Gomez on five) and also in all competitions (one more than Aritz Aduriz on six).
N. Araujo
J. Murillo
Celta de Vigo
70' Another change for Celta now as Murillo is taken off and replaced by Nestor Araujo.
69' HANDBALL! Celta have the ball in the back of the net, but another one's been ruled out! Nolito brings it down on the left of the box and hits it on the volley over Ter Stegen and into the far side. It bounced up onto his arm, even if he didn't know much about it, so it's chalked off. 
67' Ter Stegen comes a long way out of his box to collect the long pass from Murillo and he's closed down by Beltran on the right wing. He keeps his cool to knock the ball around the substitute before clearing his lines.
F. Cervi
R. Tapia
Celta de Vigo
65' Third change for Celta now. Tapia, who is on a yellow card, is taken off and replaced by Cervi.
Yellow Card
64' Coudet's protests about the penalty not being given have drawn the attention of the referee from the sidelines. He's adamant that his side should've had the spot-kick and he's booked for dissent.
63' Big penalty shouts from the home fans and players here after Minguez bundles Galhardo to ground. The forward was about to latch onto the throughball when he was taken down, but the referee shakes his head and Barca come away with it.
61' Celta are struggling to find a way through Barcelona again now and Busquets steps in to break up another attack. He goes long, looking for Balde, but it rolls straight through to Dituro.
Riqui Puig
Nico González
Barcelona
59' It looks like Gonzalez picked up a knock during that last run as he gestures to the bench that he needs to go off. Puig is on in his place. 
57' Galan dawdles on the ball and Gonzalez is quickly in to nick it off him. He drives forward down the right, holding off Galan as he cuts inside the right. Nobody is up in support, but he can't keep hold of it and eventually runs into Tapia.
R. Tapia
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
55' Tapia slides in late on Balde to give away a free-kick and earn a yellow card which will see him miss the next match.
54' Lenglet cuts out another Celta attack before setting De Jong off on the counter. He spots Depay pulling off the back of Aidoo through the middle, but the defender reads it well and intercepts the throughball.
Iago Aspas
Goal
Celta de Vigo
52' ASPAS SCORES! Celta finally get the reward for their pressure as they pull a goal back! Galan squares it in from the left and Ter Stegen spills it at the near post. Araujo tries to clear it, but only gets it as far as Aspas who fires his shot straight down the middle. 3-1! 
50' OFFSIDE! It's a well taken goal from Galhardo when he's slid in by Suarez as he spins before getting the shot away. He slots it just out of Ter Stegen's reach into the bottom-right corner, but he set off too early and the flag denies him.
48' BLOCK! It's a much better start to this second half from Celta, as they knock it into the box with a series of one-touch passes. Galhardo lets it run for Tapia, who hits it first time, but Araujo throws himself in front of it.
46' Celta get us back underway for the second half!
R. Araújo
Eric García
Barcelona
46' And Garcia is also taken off, with Araujo on for him.
Álex Baldé
Ansu Fati
Barcelona
46' Fati went straight off with his own hamstring injury at the end of the first half, so Balde is on in his place.
Kevin Vázquez
Hugo Mallo
Celta de Vigo
46' And Vazquez comes on for Mallo, who went down with what looked like a hamstring injury on the stroke of half-time.
Fran Beltrán
A. Solari
Celta de Vigo
46' There's a double change for both sides, starting with Celta. Beltran comes on to replace Solari.
It looks like the visitors are on course for their first away win in the league this season and would move them up to seventh in the table if they see it out. Celta haven't got going at all though and if they don't change something soon, they could be facing a very heavy defeat.
Barcelona are cruising with a 3-0 half-time lead over Celta. The visitors have looked good, taking an early lead through Fati's curling effort before Busquets doubled the lead from the edge of the box. Depay then glanced on Alba's cross to give them a three-goal cushion. Celta have had a couple of half-chances down the other end, with Aspas and Galan both dragging shot wide. 
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: CELTA VIGO 0-3 BARCELONA.
Jordi Alba
Yellow Card
Barcelona
45' Alba is booked for dissent.
45' Fati was chasing Alba's throughball down the middle and pulled up as his hamstring went. The medical team are on, but it looks like that's the end of his game. 
43' CHANCE! Celta go straight down the other end and Aspas finds himself in a pocket of space on the edge of the box again. He picks out Galan, who tries to curl it into the near post, but picks out the side netting instead. 
42' It's messy on the edge of Celta's box as the visitors try to bundle it into the area. Fati and Depay both have passes blocked by Celta defenders before Murillo clears it ahead of Gavi.
40' Fati is just off the pitch getting strapped up after it looks like his hand was accidentally stepped on after that last shot. He looks to be in quite a bit of pain, but he's coming back on after finishing his treatment.
39' Barcelona are getting so much joy down their left side as De Jong pulls a good cross back from the byline this time. Fati reaches it on the stretch and pokes it across goal, but it's always heading wide.
A. Solari
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
37' Solari tries to catch out Fati with a high press, but catches him with a late tackle instead to have his name taken by the referee.
36' It's better from Celta now as they knock the ball around in midfield and patiently try to open up the hosts. It's worked through to Nolito, but again, he takes too long to make a pass and Mingueza wins it back.
Jordi Alba
Assist
Barcelona
34' Alba had all sorts of space down the left again and Celta didn't get anywhere near him to prevent the cross from going into the middle.
M. Depay
Goal
Barcelona
34' DEPAY SCORES! Celta are just cut open as Barcelona move it upfield with a good passage of play. It's worked out to Alba on the left and his cross is curled onto Depay's head. He glances it on, past Dituro and into the far bottom corner. 3-0 Barca! 
33' GREAT CHANCE! The corner is whipped in by Aspas and Aidoo flicks it on from the penalty spot. Galhardo is unmarked at the far post but slices at his effort, sending it high and wide.
31' CLOSE! Aspas steps up to take the free-kick that he won through the middle. He goes for power, drilling his shot around the inside of the wall towards the near post. He can't get his angles right though and sends it just wide. 
Eric García
Yellow Card
Barcelona
29' Garcia clips the back of Aspas after stretching to try and intercept the pass. He's late and he's shown the first yellow card of the game.
28' There's a half-hearted penalty shout from Galhardo as him and Lenglet fall to the ground just inside the box as Galan loops in a cross. The referee doesn't see it that way, awarding a free-kick to the visitors.
26' Celta break quickly on the counter, with Suarez playing a great ball through to Nolito. He carries it a long way and has Aspas sprinting up in support. He takes too long to get it out of his feet though and Lenglet wins it back.
24' Barcelona are still dominating possession here and Celta just can't get out of their own half. There's a few needless fouls from the hosts as well, with De Jong the latest player to be brought down on the left.
22' Tapia has hold of Gonzalez as he drags him back to stop his run, but is caught in the face by his elbow. He stays down so the referee goes over to check on him, but he gets back to his feet without needing treatment.
20' NO GOAL! Again, Celta catch Barca out by going for the more direct route to goal. It's threaded through for Aspas and he turns Busquets to get into the box. He slots the ball into the net, but the whistle had already gone as he's judged to have fouled the midfielder.  
Nico González
Assist
Barcelona
18' Gonzalez managed to stay on his feet after being caught by Mallo and does well to pull a cross back from the byline. It's behind everyone in the box, but is into the right place for Busquets.
Sergio Busquets
Goal
Barcelona
18' BUSQUETS SCORES! It's a good cross by Gonzalez and Busquets is allowed to run onto it at the edge of the box with no challenge. Murillo is slow to get out to him so he has time to take a touch and curl a low shot into the bottom-right corner. 2-0 Barca! 
17' After being penned back in their own half again, Tapia decides to go long again with an outball for Aspas to chase. He brings it down ahead of Garcia, but the touch is a heavy one and he can't keep it in at the byline.
15' Barcelona are on the attack again here as Depay drives forward down the left. He has three to aim for in the middle, but Aidoo is tight to him and eventually blocks the cross into the box.
13' It's another good bit of play from Fati down the left until his cross to Depay is cut out. He tries to make amends by following it in, but fouls Murillo in the process to give away a free-kick.
11' Solari whips a brilliant, dangerous cross in from the right and Galhardo can't reach it on the stretch. Nolito is in acres of space at the far post, but Gonzalez tracks back to head it out for a corner as he sets himself for the volley.
9' Gonzalez loses out to Aidoo, whose first thought is to go long towards Aspas. He's bundled over by Lenglet as the ball bounces in front of them, but no free-kick is given to the home fans' frustration.
7' That goal has breathed some life into Barcelona who are now pushing forward with much more intent. It's switched out to Fati on the left again, but this time he sets off too early and the flag goes up.
Jordi Alba
Assist
Barcelona
5' It was a perfectly weighted throughball from Alba into Fati down the left to get the winger in behind Celta. 
Ansu Fati
Goal
Barcelona
5' FATI SCORES! It's a perfectly timed run from him down the left, and it looks like Mallo has him covered, but the winger cuts inside from the byline. He curls his shot around the defender and into the far bottom corner for his second goal in as many games. 1-0 Barca! 
4' Barcelona are struggling to deal with Celta's high press at the moment and Mingueza plays himself into trouble. He tries to dribble past Galan when he's dispossessed and gets lucky as he wins a free-kick.
2' CLOSE! Celta go for the direct approach as Nolito cushions the ball into Aspas' path. Barca are asking for offside, but he times his run perfectly and takes a shot just inside the box. He goes for the near post, but it curls just wide.
1' Depay gets the game underway for Barcelona! 
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away! 
Barcelona have failed to win their last three LaLiga games (D1 L2), and they've lost their last two away from home without scoring - they last lost three consecutive away league games in December 2002 (three).
Barcelona have a lot of injury trouble at the moment so Barjuan names an unchanged side to the one that beat Dynamo on Tuesday in the Champions League, with Fati leading the line after scoring the winner in that match.
Eduardo Coudet makes five changes from the draw with Rayo Vallecano last time out, bringing in Mallo, Aidoo, Solari, Nolito and Aspas. Vazquez, Araujo and Beltran drop to the bench, Santi Mina is injured and Brais Mendes misses out through suspension.
BARCELONA SUBS: Luuk de Jong, Philippe Coutinho, Lazar Carevic, Samuel Umtiti, Yusuf Demir, Inaki Pena, Abdessamad Ezzalzouli, Riqui Puig, Ronaldo Araujo, Alejandro Balde.
BARCELONA STARTING XI (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Oscar Mingueza, Eric Garcia, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Nicolas Gonzalez, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong; Pablo Gaviria, Ansu Fati, Memphis Depay.
CELTA VIGO SUBS: Franco Cervi, Miguel Baeza, Okay Yokuslu, Jugo Alvarez, Kevin Vazquez, Jose Manuel Fontan, Fran Beltran, Gaizka Campos, Nestor Araujo, Ruben Blanco.
CELTA VIGO STARTING XI (4-1-3-2): Matias Dituro; Hugo Mallo, Joseph Aidoo, Jeison Murillo, Javi Galan; Renato Tapia; Augusto Solari, Denis Suarez, Nolito; Thiago Galhardo, Iago Aspas.
This morning, Barcelona confirmed that ex-player Xavi will be taking over as first-team coach after Ronald Koeman's sacking just over a week ago. Caretaker manager Sergi Barjuan is at the helm for one last time today though and has won one and drawn one of the games since taking over, with that win their first away from home this season (1-0 v Dynamo Kiev). As for Celta, they've struggled this season; they've won just three of their 12 games (D2 L7), with only one of those coming at home.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the LaLiga meeting between Celta Vigo and Barcelona at the Balaidos!