Messi stars as Barca thrash Celtic
14 September 2016, 08:06
Barcelona - Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and Neymar excelled as
a playmaker to lead Barcelona to a record-setting 7-0 win over Celtic in their
Champions League opener on Tuesday.
missed a penalty in a miserable night for the Scottish visitors.
set up Messi to score twice in the first half hour at Camp Nou before the
Brazil striker struck from a free kick just after halftime.
kept pouring it on, crossing for substitute Andres Iniesta to fire in a vicious
took his career tally to 86 goals in Europe's top-tier competition before Luis
Suarez rounded off the rout with a pair of goals.
victory surpassed Barcelona's biggest win in the Champions League to date, a
7-1 defeat of Bayer Leverkusen in 2012.
gone was the firepower Brendan Rodger's team displayed in Celtic's 5-1 rout of
fierce Scottish rival Rangers on Saturday.
Barcelona improved on the 6-1 win over Celtic from their last meeting in 2013.
the first joint-start this season for Messi and Neymar, after Neymar missed
Barcelona's first four matches helping his country win the Olympic gold medal.
stars, who played in the last half hour of Saturday's stunning 2-1 loss to
Alaves in la Liga, needed just three minutes to link up and put Barcelona in
used a clever, no-look pass to play Messi clear on the left side of the area.
Messi did the rest by sizing up Dorus de Vries before blasting a left-footed
shot past the Celtic 'keeper.
even better from there.
second goal was a brilliant piece of shared playmaking that undid Celtic
completely, as the ball flowed from Messi to Neymar and back again for him to
nudge over the line in the 27th.
minutes earlier, Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen made up for his
foul in the area on Moussa Dembele by blocking his resulting penalty kick to
deny Celtic its only scoring chance.
3 came in the 50th when Neymar curled a free kick over the barrier. De Vries
got a hand on the ball but not enough to keep it out.
blasted his volley home in the 59th, seconds before Messi slid to tap in Luis
added a bit of his own flourish to the demolition when he took Neymar's lob on
the chest, before swivelling and beating De Vries with a left-footed blast in
his second from a low cross from Messi.
champion Barcelona extended its winning streak at home in European competition
to 12 straight matches.