Celtic vs Barcelona

Current Score

  • Celtic 0
  • Barcelona 1

Match Profile


Celtic CEL


Barcelona FCB
Goal Scorers
Goal Scorers
  • Fàbregas
    • 76minutes
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0
Team Statistics
  • Goals at Half-time 0

Match Commentary

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90 YC Yellow card awarded to A. Sánchez of Barcelona
90 COMMENT A. Sánchez goes into the referee's book.
90 COMMENT 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. Howe
90 COMMENT Forster once more keeps out Barcelona - this time Neymar again - with a brilliant one-on-one save! Four minutes added on, meanwhile.
89 SI Substitute in A. Song of Barcelona
89 SO Substitute out Iniesta of Barcelona
89 COMMENT A. Song comes on for Iniesta.
88 COMMENT 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.
86 SI Substitute in T. Pukki of Celtic
86 SO Substitute out K. Commons of Celtic
86 COMMENT K. Commons is done for the day. T. Pukki is his replacement.
85 YC Yellow card awarded to E. Izaguirre of Celtic
85 COMMENT Samaras breaks on the right for Celtic but his cross is too heavy and Alves is able to clear the danger.
85 COMMENT E. Izaguirre goes into the referee's book.
82 COMMENT Neymar crosses from the right but Forster collects the ball with ease.
79 COMMENT And now Barcelona do what they do best - knock the ball around and keep possesion.
78 SI Substitute in Tello of Barcelona
78 SO Substitute out Fàbregas of Barcelona
78 COMMENT Fàbregas is done for the day. Tello is his replacement.
77 YC Yellow card awarded to G. Samaras of Celtic
77 COMMENT G. Samaras gets yellow.
76 AS Assist by A. Sánchez (Barcelona)
76 G GOAL (Barcelona): Scored by Fàbregas
76 COMMENT The assist came from A. Sánchez.
76 COMMENT 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.
75 YC Yellow card awarded to Busquets of Barcelona
75 COMMENT Busquets is cautioned by the referee.
74 SO Substitute out Pedro of Barcelona
74 SI Substitute in A. Sánchez of Barcelona
74 COMMENT A. Sánchez comes on for Pedro.
73 COMMENT 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!
71 COMMENT Xavi and Neymar play a brilliant one-two just inside the Celtic box but the Brazilian's effort slices wide of the post.
70 SI Substitute in B. Kayal of Celtic
70 SO Substitute out A. Stokes of Celtic
70 SI Substitute in J. Forrest of Celtic
70 SO Substitute out M. Lustig of Celtic
70 COMMENT A. Stokes is replaced with B. Kayal.
70 COMMENT J. Forrest comes on for M. Lustig.
68 COMMENT Space opens up for Pedro and then Fabregas in the Celtic box, however the latter's ball is blocked and then hacked clear.
66 COMMENT 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.
64 COMMENT 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.
60 COMMENT Xavi fires the resulting free-kick straight out of play, while booing rings around Celtic Park.
59 RC Red card awarded to S. Brown of Celtic
59 COMMENT 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.
58 COMMENT Commons whips in a cross from the left after good work from Samaras, but Stokes can't quite get on the end of it.
55 YC Yellow card awarded to Fàbregas of Barcelona
55 COMMENT Xavi fires an attempt at goal but Van Dijk is in the right place at the right time and makes the block.
55 COMMENT Fàbregas receives a yellow card.
52 COMMENT 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.
49 COMMENT Stokes wins a free-kick, and a moment of rest-bite, as he turns neatly away from Busquets.
47 COMMENT 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.
45 COMMENT Xavi fires it into the danger zone but Forster just about flaps it behind for a corner, which Celtic clear.
45 COMMENT And we're back underway at Celtic Park.
44 YC Yellow card awarded to M. Lustig of Celtic
44 COMMENT M. Lustig gets yellow.
44 COMMENT Neymar beats Lustig on the left flank before being brought down by the Celtic man. Barcelona have a free-kick in a good area ...
41 COMMENT Neymar flicks an effort just wide of the post after a great ball in from Alves. That was close!
38 COMMENT Adam Matthews breaks down the right, showing good pace, but his attempted cross is poor and goes straight behind.
36 COMMENT Neymar makes his way back onto the pitch as Gerard Pique fires a long ball straight out of play.
34 COMMENT 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.
32 COMMENT Neymar, popping up on the right-hand-side now, whips in a cross but Ambrose in once again positioned well and makes the clearance.
29 COMMENT Iniesta looks to play the ball into the Celtic penalty area but overhits it, his cross rolling harmlessly out for a goal-kick.
26 COMMENT Adriano gets into a great position after a good one-two with Neymar but his final effort only finds the side netting.
24 COMMENT A poor Fraser Forster clearance almost allows Barcelona in on goal but, once again, they can't quite work a shooting opportunity.
23 COMMENT Barcelona are struggling to find any way through this Celtic defence as of yet, as another cross-field ball is cut out by Ambrose.
20 COMMENT Iniesta fires over the bar from range after creating a yard for himself with a neat sidestep.
18 COMMENT Neymar then shoots wide with a tame shot from outside the penalty area.
17 COMMENT Alves finds Fabregas in too much space inside the Celtic box but his shot is straight at Ambrose who makes the block.
15 COMMENT Cesc Fabregas tries a neat flick to put Iniesta through, but Celtic's defence are well-positioned and Efe Ambrose clears the danger.
13 COMMENT 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.
12 COMMENT Barcelona are just knocking the ball around as they look to slow the tempo down for a moment.
9 COMMENT 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.
6 COMMENT 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.
5 COMMENT 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.
3 COMMENT 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.
1 COMMENT And we're underway.
0 COMMENT Celtic: Forster; Lustig, Van Dijk, Ambrose, Izaguirre; Matthews, Brown, Mulgrew, Samaras; Commons; StokesSubs: Zaluska, Biton, Balde, Rogic, Pukki, Kayal, Forrest
0 COMMENT 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 p
0 COMMENT 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
0 COMMENT Right, first of all, let's take a look at tonight's teams ...
0 COMMENT Barcelona: Valdes; Alves, Pique, Bartra, Adriano; Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta; Pedro, Fabregas, Neymar.Subs: Sanchez, Song, Dos Santos, Tello, Pinto Colorado, Sergi, Montoya
0 COMMENT Just under five minutes to go at Celtic Park - let's hope for a good'un!
0 COMMENT 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?

Match Statistics


Possession (%) 28
Goals 0
Yellow Cards 3
Red Cards 1
Fouls 18
Offsides 2
Corners 2
Shots on Target 3
Shots Blocked 1
Shots Wide 2
Free Kicks 14
Throw Ins 11
Goal Kicks 12