Barcelona beats 10 man CelticOctober 2, 2013
Last night’s win against Celtic means Barcelona are in a strong position to go through to the knockout stages of the Champions League, with the Catalans remaining top of the table after AC Milan drew against Ajax.
Travelling to Glasgow without the injured Leo Messi meant there was some concern, especially with memories of the same stage of the competition last year when Celtic beat Barça in both the group stage matches. However, there was no repeat of that last night, with Barcelona controlling possession as usual and crucially not allowing Celtic the opportunity to counterattack.
The first half ended with neither side having scored, but after the break the home side pushed more, the ball flowed less, and the fouls got worse. In one of the match’s most crucial points Brown brought down Neymar around 15 minutes into the second half. Although the foul looked minor, Brown received a red car; replays revealed that the Celtic captain had kicked Neymar’s back after he had already fallen to the ground.
With the home side down to 10 men and Barcelona pushing, Celtic came close to opening the scoring, saved by Victor Valdes. And then it happened; Neymar sprinted forward with the ball, passed to Alexis, who crossed to Cesc to score the only goal of the match.
In the closing minutes of the match Barcelona maintained pressure on the Celtic goal, but in the end the match finished with just the single goal.
0-1 Fábregas (min 73)