La Liga
2 December 2017
Game week
1 - 1
2 - 2
Camp Nou (Barcelona)


0 - 1
20' Iago Aspas (G)
L. Messi (G) 22' (assist by: Paulinho)
1 - 1
L. Suárez (G) 62' (assist by: Jordi Alba)
2 - 1
2 - 2
70' M. Gómez (G) (assist by: Iago Aspas)


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That is all for today's coverage, thanks again for joining us and goodbye!
Barcelona were at their best on occasions but the post, Blanco and some desperate defending denied them. As for Celta, they return home delighted and once again prove how good they can be on the counter attack.
It is time to get our breaths back after a thrilling game in La Liga. Barcelona unable to get the job done at home but they threw the kitchen sink at Celta today and they prevailed and hung on to a precious point.
FULL-TIME - Barcelona 2-2 Celta Vigo.
90'+6 Pique is shown a card after protesting to the referee.
Nothing comes of it as Messi's effort is deflected and the referee blows for full-time.
90'+5 A crunching tackle from Hugo Mallo is punished as he gets a yellow card and Barca have a free-kick on the edge of the box.
90'+3 Paco Alcacer may have just wasted Barcelona's last chance of the game after heading over the bar. A cross from the right lands perfectly onto his head but he gets underneath the ball and we have a goal kick.
90'+2 All hands on deck for Celta as they try to cling on, what a result this would be for them. Do not forget about Valencia and Real Madrid who will look to pounce later this weekend if Barca fail to win.
90' Five minutes added on...
89' Chaos in the stands as Luis Suarez thinks he has won a corner but the officials point for a goal-kick and the ground erupts with anger.
88' Sisto is the latest man into the book as Celta try anything to stop Barcelona scoring.
Just a couple of minutes to go at the Nou Camp and the game is there for either team to win. What a match!
87' Yellow card for Daniel Wass as he tries to stop a Barcelona attack.
86' Keeper Blanco is given a yellow card for time-wasting.
Celta steam forward at the other end and Sisto bursts into the box he looks off balance as he picks his spot and Ter Stegen stoops low to clear the danger.
85' CHANCE BARCA - Another sensational team move splits the Celta defence as Luis Suarez finds Denis Suarez but his shot is blocked. It looks destined for a corner but Messi jumps like a salmon to try head it home and he is inches away from finding his team's third goal.
84' Amazing atmopshere inside the Nou Camp as the home crowd beg for a third goal and Celta doing a superb job to hold on for now.
Boos from the Barca fans as Celta make some subs. Jozabed Sánchez is the latest man to come off for Pablo Hernández.
83' Yellow card for Thomas Vermaelen as he loses the flight of the ball and brings down Gomez.
81' As Denis Suarez brings it clear, Jozabed Sánchez chops him down and the referee has no choice but to show him a yellow card.
80' Superb scrambling defence from Barca saves the day as Aspas breaks in behind. The striker tries twice to cross it but Pique and Denis Suarez block the attempts.
79' Valverde is going for it now as he brings off midfielder Rakitic for striker Paco Alcacer.
Tensions are high at the moment as Cabral goes down in the box after challenging with his own keeper Blanco. Plenty of players pushing and shoving each other but it is just handbags.
77' Interesting to see Valverde let Paulinho play further forward today. The Brazilian has been in top form and he could be one to watch in the closing stages as Barca go in search of the victory.
75' After Suarez is brought down, Barca take the free-kick short and Pique is played in down the right but the centre-back cannot put enough curl on his shot and he hits the post.
74' Yellow card for Roncaglia after he upends Suarez 25 yards out from goal.
73' CHANCE Paulinho but he blazes it over. Rakitic swings the ball in from the right flank and Paulinho spins on a six pence to fire home but he is inches away from making it 3-2.
72' Umtiti limps off the field then and Thomas Vermaelen now gets his chance off the bench.
71' In the build up to that goal, Samuel Umtiti seems to have pulled his hamstring and he will need to go off.
70' WOW CELTA score again and it is now 2-2 at the Nou Camp. Maxi Gomez is the hero for the travelling fans but Aspas deserves so much credit for a powerful run. He runs at Alba and pulls it back for Gomez who takes a touch before finding the top corner.
Assist Iago Aspas Juncal
66' Messi and Suarez combine to create another opportunity but it is blocked by the Celta defence. That chance comes just seconds after Roberto brought down Aspas in the Barca box but the referee waved away any penalty appeals.
64' Messi misses a header from close range but that is thanks to a desperate save from Blacno. Brilliant stop with one hand to keep Celta in the game.
63' Substitution for Celta as Méndez is replaced by Facundo Roncaglia.
62' GOAL BARCA and they now lead 2-1 - Sensational team move and Luis Suarez finishes from close range. Messi plays in Alba who stays onside to set up Suarez and the Uruguay international cannot miss from the six-yard box.
Left-back Alba takes the plaudits after grabbing the assist with a fine cross.
61' More complaints from the stands as Busquets and Roberto combine to bring down Sisto. The home supporters think the free-kick is soft and the game has become very stop-start all of a sudden.
58' Boos ring around the stadium as Denis Suarez is brought down in the middle of the park, Barca's fans clearly feel Celta are slowing the game down illegally.
55' Valverde has sent Denis Suarez on to get more out of the midfield but both Sergio Busquets and Rakitic have gone quiet at the start of this half. Long way to go though and Celta cannot let their guard down otherwise they will be 2-1 down.
53' Celta have started strongly in the second half and their team talk seems to have paid off. They may tire later on but they're pressing has been stepped up a notch at the Nou Camp.
Barca make their first sub of the game as Iniesta is replaced by Denis Suarez.
51' The tempo of the game has dropped massively at the moment and the likes of Luis Suarez and Messi may need to step up to give Barca the edge.
50' This time Andres Iniesta makes a run forward but his ball forward is stopped as the linesman waves his flag for offside.
48' A great run from Paulinho goes unrewarded as he glides into the area and rounds Blanco but he shoots into the side-netting.
46' The match is underway again as Celta kick off.
The referee calls time on the first 45 minutes and it was a cracking start to the La Liga weekend. Aspas goal silenced the home crowd but Messi came to the rescue once again and he has also hit the post from a tight angle. Both teams are doing well in attack and more goals can be expected in the next period.
HALF-TIME Barcelona 1-1 Celta Vigo.
45' CHANCE CELTA - But it is wasted at the far post by Daniel Wass. Once again Sisto is able to break forward but his teasing cross is blasted over by Wass. Big moment in the game.
42' Some good defending from Pique saves the day for Barcelona after a great move from Celta. Pione Sisto breaks and plays in Brais Mendez but his cross for Gomez is stopped by Pique and Barca come forward again.
40' After more pressure Celta have done well to settle down and they will be desperate for the game to be 1-1 at the break.
37' CHANCE BARCA - Rakitic drills a cross to the far post and Paulinho peels away from his marker but his bullet header is straight at Blanco and he punches the ball away.
35' Sublime from Messi once again as he charges at the Celta defence, lays the ball off to Jordi Alba before then picking it back up and swinging a cross in. Eventually Celta clear but what a run from the fan favourite.
33' The 4-4-2 formation from Barcelona is giving them plenty of support in midfield but it is clashing nicely with Celta's 3-5-2. Both teams are pressing and launching quick counter attacks and the first 30 minutes have flown by at the Nou Camp.
31' The home crowd are on their feet again as Barca continue to pepper the Celta goal, both Suarez and Messi go close but it is the latter that sees his shot hit the post and bounce clear for a goal kick.
29' Former Tottenham man Paulinho is causing plenty of problems with his movement and he wins his team a corner. After working the ball backwards, Rakitic picks his spot but he can only fire the ball into the stands.
26' Now Ivan Rakitic tries to get in on the act with a long run forward but a looping ball over his head does not fall to him and Celta keeper Blanco dives on the ball.
25' Barcelona find the back of the net after Messi plays in Suarez but the referee looks to his assistant who claims the forward was offside.
22' Paulinho grabs the assist after a great through ball but Suarez's dummy also played its part.
GOAL BARCA - Barcelona 1-1 Celta Vigo - The lead did not last long for Celta Vigo as Messi gives his side the equaliser. A superb team move eventually finds the Argentina international and he places the ball into the bottom corner.
20' GOAAALLLL CELTA - Barcelona 0-1 Celta - Iago Aspas silences the Nou Camp as he opens the scoring. The former Liverpool man starts the counter attack and plays in Maxi Gomez who sees his shot saved but Aspas taps in the rebound.
18' Valverde's men win another corner but their latest delivery is poor once again and the home side must rebuild from their own half.
17' Early days but there is plenty of promise for this La Liga clash, both sides are going for it and goals could be expected at the Nou Camp.
16' Messi takes the free-kick which is cleared but he has another go from the edge of the box with a volley but Celta scramble and clear the danger. They then launch a counter attack but Gerard Pique is on hand to thwart any threat.
15' Messi is beginning to drift around the park in order to create space and he helps his team win a free-kick on the right wing.
13' The back three for Celta are now starting to build from the back and the visitors eventually launch their first ball into the box but Marc-Andre ter Stegen deals with it well for Barcelona.
11' After a slow start, Celta are now starting to come forward but the pace of the game is not helping them at the moment as any errors are being punished by the Barca midfield.
8' Suarez now tries his luck with a near post run before he spins to put the ball on his right foot but his shot is poor and Celta goalkeeper Ruben Blanco saves easily.
7' Messi won a corner with his effort but Celta managed to clear at the first attempt but the visitors need to regroup after losing Gomez at the heart of defence.
6' Barca star Lionel Messi gets the home fans on their feet with a mazy run through the middle of the park but he cannot open the scoring with his effort.
4' Gomez is now replaced by Daniel Cabral.
3' The game is back underway and Suarez can feel hard done to there and he will need to watch himself for the rest of the game.
2' Early break in play here as Sergi Gomez goes down after a challenge from Luis Suarez. He is holding his shoulder and it does not look good.
1' In one of the most bizarre starts to the game, Luis Suarez is booked and it looks like Gomez has dislocated his shoulder and he is coming off.
The match is underway as Barcelona kick the game off.
Kick off fast approaching at the Nou Camp as we await both teams.
Celta coach Juan Carlos Unzue also makes plenty of alterations to his squad with eight changes made for today's encounter. Out go Alvarez, Cabral, Jonny Castro, Radoja, Hernandez, Mor, Guidetti and Hjulsager for Blanco, Gomez, Wass, Sisto, Lobotka, Sanchez, Aspas and Gomez.
Valverde makes plenty of changes from the win over Murcia as only Gerard Pique keeps his place in the first team. Cillessen, Nelson Semedo, Vermaelen, Digne, Denis Suarez, Oriol Busquets, Vidal, Alena, Deulofeu, Alcacer all drop out today. With three points needed in come Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Alba, Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Paulinho, Iniesta, Messi and Luis Suarez.
Celta Vigo SUBS: Hernandez, Roncaglia, Alvarez, Mor, Guidetti, Radoja, Cabral.
Celta Vigo Starting XI (3-5-2): Blanco, Fontas, Gomez, Mallo, Wass, Sisto, Lobotka, Sanchez, Mendez, Aspas, Gomez.
Barcelona SUBS: Cillessen, Vidal, Alcacer, Denis Suarez, Digne, Gomes, Vermaelen.
Barcelona Starting XI (4-4-2): Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Paulinho, Iniesta, Messi, Luis Suarez.
TEAM NEWS coming up shortly...
A win for Barcelona could put the pressure on Valencia who do not play until Sunday against Getafe, while Real Madrid will also need to keep up after a stuttering start to the campaign.
As for Celta, they have also impressed in recent weeks and they have won three of their last five matches and are currently ninth in the league table. Their cup win over Eibar continued their momentum but today's game promises to be much tougher of course.
Barcelona come into this game in fine form as they extended their unbeaten run in midweek with a win over Murcia in the Copa del Rey. Ernesto Valverde's troops have not showed any signs of slowing down and Celta will need to be at their best on the road today.
Hello and welcome along to today's live text commentary of Barcelona vs Celta Vigo in La Liga from the Nou Camp.


M. ter Stegen
Hugo Mallo
I. Rakitić
Sergio Busquets
M. Gómez
L. Suárez
L. Messi
Iago Aspas
P. Sisto
Rubén Blanco
S. Lobotka
D. Wass
Jordi Alba
Sergi Gómez
Sergi Roberto
S. Umtiti
Brais Méndez

Additional info

Mario Melero
Manuel Torre
Fourth official
Hugo López

Match Stats

Barcelona Celta de Vigo
47 Attacks (Dangerous) 21
4 Corners 1
11 Fouls 12
13 Free Kicks 14
4 Goal Kicks 11
3 Offsides 1
2 Shots (blocked) 1
9 Shots (off target) 3
5 Shots (on target) 2
1 Shots (woodwork) 0
22 Throw Ins 10

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