FULL-TIME! Barcelona wrap up an easy 5-0 victory over Celta Vigo, courtesy of goals from Messi, Neymar, Rakitic and Umtiti, which temporarily takes them back to the top of the LaLiga pile due to Real Madrid having played a game less. The visitors weren’t at the races at all, with the hosts looking to be in good shape heading into their Champions League second leg tie against PSG. That’s all that we have time for, we hope to see you again next time.
Wide from Suarez! The ex-Liverpool striker manages to skip into the clear and get into the penalty area. Sergio Alvarez narrows what is already a tight angle, which forces the Barcelona forward to drag a low shot just shy of the far post. Denis couldn’t get there quickly enough to tap it home from close-range.
Celta earn themselves a free-kick within shooting distance, and Aspas tries his luck. The Spain international takes aim with his left foot, but sends an absolutely awful effort miles over the crossbar. That pretty much sums up Berizzo’s men’s night.
Barcelona are camped in Celta’s half and continue to lay siege to their opponent’s box, with Pique treating this as a game of futsal at this point of proceedings. The away side try to play their way upfield with some one-touch passing, but a ball forward towards Sisto is cut out expertly by Umtiti. Calmness personified from the French defender yet again tonight.
We are back underway in the second half at Camp Nou! Barcelona hold a commanding lead over Celta, but Berizzo will presumably have had some truths to tell in the dressing room at the break. We could see a second-half resurgence, but the hosts have looked great so far.
The away side are sat quite deep, with Sergi Gomez required to climb above Suarez to win an easy header. Barcelona are seeing more of the ball and patiently work it from side to side, but neither goalkeeper has had anything to do quite yet. Neymar manages to win yet another corner on the left, and looks to be a real danger, but his set-piece delivery is cleared by Jonny.
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