Having lost over the weekend agains Alaves, Barcelona were in clinical form as they hosted Celtic in the first champions league league game of the season. Lionel Messi started the game and scored inside first 5 minutes to put Barcelona 1-0 up while Moussa Dembele missed a penalty for Celtic before Messi added another from close range to make it 2-0 for Barcelona. After the break it Messi and Iniesta were on target as Barcelona raced to 5 goals lead by 60 minutes on the clock. Luis Suarez added another two towards the end to complete humiliation of Celtic.
FC Barcelona 7-0 Celtic Highlights
[ UEFA Champions league Group Stage 2016-17 ]
03′ 1 – 0 Lionel Messi scored inside first 5 minute to put Barcelona their way to comfortable evening.
24′ [Penalty Miss] Moussa Dembele missed penalty in 24th minute after Ter Stegen brought him down inside the box.
27′ 2 – 0 Lionel Messi scored from close range after Neymar squared a neat ball for him.
50′ 3 – 0 Neymar
59′ 4 – 0 Andres Iniesta
60′ 5 – 0 Lionel Messi
75′ 6 – 0 Luis Suarez
88′ 7 – 0 Luis Suarez
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will welcome back captain Scott Brown in the starting lineup but Leigh Griffiths will miss the match. Celtic of course will be confident after their impressive win over arch rivals Rangers but they do have a daunting task of stopping 5 time european champions. Barcelona on the other hand rested several key players over the weekend which kind of back fired but we can expect a full strength team against Celtic.
Team News & Lineups: Luis Enrique will start with Messi, Suarez and Neymar upfront after both Messi and Suarez started on the bench last weekend. Iniesta and Rakitic will also slot right back in the starting lineup while Pique and Marc Ter Stgen set to start in their respective position. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on tuesday night.
Celtic has faced Barcelona several times in last decade mostly without much of a success. They lost six of the eight meetings between the two sides while a 1-1 draw and 2-1 win in 2012 were their only success. Not much is expected from this Celtic side but they might setup to frustrate Barcelona.
With Neymar, Messi and Suarez back in the starting lineup, I can only see one result in this one and thats a Barcelona win. If you missed the live match you can always tune in here for full match highlights and goals video available after the game is over.