FULL-TIME, Celta 0-3 Barcelona: Excellent second half performance with just 10 men, and a huge away win to make it six out of six points to start the season.
GOAL! Celta 0-3 Barcelona (Roberto 90’+5): IT’S THREE!!! Messi goes on a beautiful run but has his shot saved by Villar. Thankfully Sergi Roberto is there to score on the rebound and seal the victory!
59min: GOAL DISALLOWED! Lionel Messi scores but is called for offside. The call is confirmed after a VAR check.
GOAL! Celta 0-2 Barcelona (Olaza OG 51’): IT’S TWO FOR BARÇA! Lionel Messi runs through the Celta defense and tries a right-footed shot that is deflected home by Olaza!
SECOND HALF KICKOFF! Celta 0-1 Barcelona: Should be a tough second half, but let’s see this out, boys!
HALFTIME, Celta 0-1 Barcelona: Barça scored early and were in control for the rest of the half, doing a good job controlling Celta’s counter attacks. But the Lenglet sending off changes things, and Barça will have to survive a tough second half.
42min: Red card! Clément Lenglet is sent off after receiving a second yellow for swinging his elbow against Denis Suárez.
35min: Nervous moment for Barça as Gerard Piqué is shown a straight red card for a foul on Denis Suárez. Luckily for Piqué, Denis was offside and the foul doesn’t count.
GOAL! Celta 0-1 Barcelona (Ansu Fati 11’): BARÇA TAKE THE LEAD! Barça pass the ball around the box and finally Ansu Fati finds space inside the box and finds the near post with a beautiful finish!
KICKOFF! Celta 0-0 Barcelona: And we’re underway! It’s raining and Barça are playing in their beautiful, all-black away kits. They are just awesome.
Starting XI: Neto; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Coutinho, Ansu Fati; Messi (4-2-3-1)
Bench: Iñaki Peña (GK), Arnau (GK), Araujo, Mingo, Aleñá, Pjanic, Riqui Puig, Pedri, Dembélé, Trincão, Braithwaite, Konrad
Starting XI: Villar; Murillo, Aidoo, Fontán; Mallo, Tapia, Gabri Veiga, Olaza; Denis; Emre Mor, Aspas (3-4-1-2)
Bench: Domínguez (GK), Ruly (GK), Araújo, Carreira, Yokuslu, Beltrán, Méndez, Baeza, Vadillo, Nolito, Santi Mina, Rodríguez
WELCOME TO THE ESTADIO DE BALAÍDOS! The beautiful home of Celta Vigo is the site of a big La Liga match between the hosts and Barcelona, who come into this one looking to build on a strong win last weekend and also looking to improve their away form, which was terrible and cost them the title last season. This should be a fun game, and you’re welcome to join us to follow and comment all the action. LET’S LIVE BLOG!!!
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Competition/Round: 2020-21 La Liga, Matchday 4
Date/Time: Thursday, October 1, 2020, 9.30pm CET (Barcelona), 8.30pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 3.30pm ET, 12.30pm PT (USA), 1am IST (India, Friday)
Venue: Estadio de Balaídos, Vigo, Spain
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande
HOW TO WATCH, STREAM LA LIGA
How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), Startimes Sports (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), Not Available (India), others
Matchday Thread Rules
We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:
Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, no swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.
Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!