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FC Barcelona News: 12 December 2013; Barça Outclass Celtic in Champions League, Draw to Be Held on Monday

David Ramos

FC Barcelona v Celtic FC: Goals galore to top the group (6-1) | FC Barcelona
Barça only needed a point to clinch top place in their Champions League group, but did much more than against a Celtic side that was only playing for pride but was instead played off the park by an intense, ambitious display from the Catalans. After going into an early 1-0 lead and with the win already as good as settled by half-time, Barça were able to play for the crowd and regain some lost confidence, with hat-trick hero Neymar on stunning form.

Tata Martino: "This was our most complete performance" | FC Barcelona
Tata Martino told the gathered journalists in the Richard Maxenchs press room that his team played one of the best matches of the season this evening. "It was one of the most complete games we’ve played. There was good pressure, intensity and we played well." In addition, the manager said that he’s satisfied because the team played well "throughout the 90 minutes of play."

Pedro: "We're on the right track" | FC Barcelona
"We’re on the right track" [Pedro] said, and added that "The team is in good shape, physically fit, and ready to perform well in the games before Christmas". Pedro recognized that it was one of the best games of the season. "We kept the intensity high from start to finish" he said.

Neymar's first hat trick with FC Barcelona | FC Barcelona
Just as he did in Celtic Park, Neymar shined on the European stage. This evening, he capped off his performance with the goals that he didn’t manage to score in Glasgow. In 81 minutes of play, the young Brazilian scored three goals, his first at the end of the first half (min 45) and two more after the break (min 48 and 58). Without Messi or Cesc, the Brazilian featured in center forward position and he was the most incisive player going forward, he created 8 goal-scoring chances.

Neymar hat-trick fourth fastest in Champions League history -
The 21-year-old was left all alone to tap home his first following a wonderful team move and waltzed through the Scots' back line for his superb second. And he completed his hat-trick in brilliant fashion by nut-megging Efe Ambrose before slotting home to become the fourth-fastest scorer of a Champions League hat-trick (some five minutes slower than Lyon's Batefimbi Gomis against Dinamo Zagreb in December, 2011).

The seven possible rivals in the Champions League | FC Barcelona
Bayer Leverkusen, Galatasaray, Olympiakos, Manchester City, Schalke 04, Arsenal and Zenit St. Petersburg are the teams FC Barcelona could face in the next round

When is the Champions League draw for the knockout stages? -
With the Champions League group stage having come to an end on Wednesday, the focus of the football world will now turn towards Monday's draw for the knockout stages, with coaches desperate to find out whom they will face in the round of 16. The highly-anticipated event will take place in Nyon, Switzerland and is scheduled to start at 12:00 CET, with Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino in charge of proceedings.

Who are the last 16 in the Champions League? -
The last 16 teams left in the Champions League this season are now known ahead of Monday's knockout stage draw in Nyon. Interestingly, the last 16 this season contains 10 sides which also made the knockout stage in the 2012-13 campaign.

Sergi Roberto: "Any opponent will be tough" | FC Barcelona
Sergi said that "at no time were we worried about how we're playing and today we played very well, limiting Celtic to very few chances ". He added that "The other day in Cartagena we won a tough match, and today we were very confident from the start and we're pretty happy to end up topping our group".

Tello, thirteenth different goalscorer | FC Barcelona
Sergi Roberto was in the starting line-up for the second consecutive game against Celtic, having started against Cartagena last Friday in the Spanish Cup. It was also the second game where Pedro, Neymar, and Alexis were together in the starting eleven. The previous match was Barça v Granada (4-0).

Gerard Piqué scores FC Barcelona's 1,000th goal in international competitions | FC Barcelona
Gerard Piqué had the honour of scoring the 1,000th goal for Barça in international competitions. The player opened the scoring in the 6-1 victory over Celtic in the final match of the Champions League group stage. The goals that followed took Barça’s tally to 1,005 goals in international competitions.

Messi continues with his recovery in Argentina | FC Barcelona
Leo Messi continues to recover from the muscular injury that he picked up on November 10 away to Betis. This Wednesday, the Argentinian published a video on social media of him conducting ball drills. Messi is supervised by doctor Daniel Martínez and kinesiologist Luis García, members of Argentina’s medical team. It’s worth noting that the forward left for Argentina on November 29 to continue his recovery.

University will not sell land to Barcelona - ESPN FC
A Barca board meeting on Monday discussed possibilities for either remodelling and expanding the club’s Camp Nou stadium or building a new ground from scratch on a site belonging to the University of Barcelona adjacent to the city’s Avinguda Diagonal in L’Hospitalet. However, the university has released a statement insisting there have been no discussions with the club and that its land is not for sale.

'Third half' in UEFA Youth League | FC Barcelona
The Espai Roma at the Camp Nou was the venue for a very special gathering of the FC Barcelona and Celtic FC youth players for post-match food and drinks in a tradition that is usually more associated with rugby than football, known as the ‘third half’. It happened on Tuesday night after FCB had beaten the Scots 3-0 in the Miniestadi.

Ronaldo will attend FIFA gala | Football Espana
Real Madrid have reportedly informed FIFA that Cristiano Ronaldo will indeed be attending the FIFA Ballon d’Or gala in January. The Portuguese was reported to be intent on shunning the award, and refused to confirm otherwise, after FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s recent remarks that he ‘preferred’ Lionel Messi and that the Madrid man was ‘a commander’ on the pitch.

David Moyes' attendance at Atletico Madrid sparks Koke to Manchester United speculation - ESPN FC
Manchester United boss David Moyes is believed to have been scouting Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke after being spotted watching the Rojiblancos’ Champions League victory over Porto. Atletico won 2-0 to further cement their position as Group G winners, but it was Moyes’ attendance at the game that set tongues wagging, with speculation that he was there to see Koke in action.

Atletico Madrid beat Porto 2-0 in final Group G game | Sky Sports Football
The Portuguese champions had their moments, striking the woodwork three times and missing a first-half penalty, but bowed out of the tournament and into the Europa League, with Zenit St Petersburg finishing runners-up despite losing 4-1 to Austria Vienna. Diego Simeone's side rolled into the last 16 of Europe's premier club competition unbeaten in their six games and with 16 points - a record only equalled by their neighbours Real Madrid.

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