Barcelona vs. Celtic: Score, Highlights and Grades

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 23, 2012

Tuesday's Champions League match between Barcelona and Celtic figured to be a fantastic affair.

And that it was, with Jordi Alba scoring the game-winning goal in extra time as Barca stunned Celtic 2-1.

This is what the great teams do—find a way to win when they start off in a bad spot. Despite Celtic scoring first, Barca prevailed.



Georgios Samaras scored the first goal of the match with a fantastic header off a swinging cross.

Barcelona tied it up at then end of the first half, and Alba put the finishing touch on a beautiful curling pass by Adriano to boost Barcelona to victory.


Grades for Key Barcelona Players

Andres Iniesta: A

Iniesta's goal in the 45th minute helped Barcelona avoid what could have been an embarrassing loss.

Jordi Alba: A

When it looked inevitable that Barca would have to settle with a tie, Alba shocked Celtic and gave his team a 2-1 victory in extra time. The unbelievable goal helped Barca gain distance in the group.


Grades for Key Celtic Players


Georgios Samaras: A

Samaras' goal in the 18th minute was huge for Celtic early on, but Alba's goal in extra time crushed the side in the end.


Fraser Forster: B+

You can't exactly blame Forster for Barca scoring two goals. He had 11 saves in the match, and if it wouldn't have been for him, it simply would have been a blowout.