Barça on top form against Celta

March 5, 2017

Barcelona were really on form at Camp Nou on Saturday when they completely outplayed Celta Vigo for a 5-0 win. The result comes days before the return leg of their Champions League clash against PSG.

Despite showing True Barça class, it still took 24 minutes before they scored. There were a number of good chances from Messi, Suarez and Neymar but in the end it was Leo Messi who scored the opener. Running forward with the ball from the centre of the pitch, he beat the Celta defence and calmly finished the move. The second goal didn’t come until five minutes before the break. This time Messi helped set up Neymar to end the first half 2-0.

It took 12 minutes of the second half for Rakitic to score off a Rafinha assist and effectively seal the match for Barça. That was the first of three goals within a handful of minutes. First Messi helped Untiti make it 5-0. Finally Messi closed the scoring and with the match in the bag the pace slowed down to allow a bit of rest before Wednesday.

The match was Barcelona at their best and if they can take this kind of form into Wednesday’s match they stand a chance of turning around the disastrous result from Paris.

1-0 Messi (min 24)
2-0 Neymar (min 40)
3-0 Rakitic (min 57)
4-0 Umtiti (min 61)
5-0 Messi (min 64)

Barcelona remains at the top of the league, with Real Madrid trailing them by one point and with a game in hand.

Team P W D L F A Pts
1 Barcelona 26 18 6 2 76 21 60
2 Real Madrid 25 18 5 2 67 26 59
3 Sevilla 25 17 4 4 49 29 55
4 Atletico Madrid 26 14 7 5 48 22 49
5 Real Sociedad 26 15 3 8 42 36 48
6 Villarreal 26 12 9 5 38 19 45
7 Athletic Bilbao 26 12 5 9 32 30 41
8 Eibar 26 11 6 9 42 37 39
9 Espanyol 26 9 9 8 35 35 36
10 Celta Vigo 25 10 5 10 39 44 35
11 Alaves 25 8 9 8 25 31 33
12 Las Palmas 26 8 8 10 40 41 32
13 Valencia 26 8 5 13 35 46 29
14 Real Betis 25 7 6 12 27 41 27
15 Malaga 26 6 8 12 32 43 26
16 Leganes 26 6 6 14 21 40 24
17 Deportivo La Coruna 25 5 8 12 28 40 23
18 Granada 26 4 7 15 24 54 19
19 Sporting Gijon 26 4 5 17 27 55 17
20 Osasuna 26 1 7 18 27 64 10

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