Barcelona vs. Celta Vigo: Score, Analysis and Grades
Lionel Messi and Barcelona made it look easy once again on Saturday, possessing the ball for more than two-thirds of the match and earning a 3-1 victory over Celta Vigo at Camp Nou.
Tito Vilanova's club kicked off the scoring with a 21st minute goal from Adriano, and after recovering from a 24th minute equalizer from Celta's Mario Bermejo, never looked back, cruising to a dominant 3-1 win in front of their home crowd behind clutch goals from David Villa and Jordi Alba.
Saturday's result signals Barca's third straight La Liga victory and marks the fifth away loss for Celta Vigo in five La Liga road matches this season.
Here are the grades of the players who stood out on Saturday.
Lionel Messi, Barcelona: B
Barca's Lionel Messi—arguably the best player on the planet—does plenty by just being on the pitch. Messi made his presence felt in the attacking third, firing shots on target and remaining active throughout.
No, he didn't score.
But he didn't need to, either, as Barcelona won easily at home.
His performance was deserving of a B as he is one of the most explosive talents in the game today.
Mario Bermejo, Celta Vigo: B
Bermejo's equalizer came just three minutes after Adriano's goal put Barcelona ahead 1-0. Unfortunately, Celta Vigo needed more than one goal to come away with at least a point in Saturday's shootout.
Bermejo could have done a little better for Paco Herrera's squad. Specifically, he could have found a way to fire more than two shots at Victor Valdes.
David Villa, Barcelona: A
David Villa halted any momentum Celta gained after Mario Bermejo's equalizer when he put a dagger past goalkeeper Javi Varas in the 26th minute.
But Villa's brilliance didn't end there. The Barca star also assisted teammate Jordi Alba on his clinching 61st minute score.
Villa, Alba and Andres Iniesta were the three best players on the pitch Saturday at Camp Nou.
Hugo Mallo, Celta Vigo: C
Celta defender Hugo Mallo wasn't horrendous on Saturday, but he and his fellow back-line members failed to contain Barca's explosive goal scorers.
Mallo's C-grade extends to the rest of Celta's defenders, who did a decent job to limit their opponent to just three goals at home. Still, a 1-1 draw would have been a much better result for the visiting side.
Unfortunately, Mallo and the back four didn't turn out the necessary A performance.
Andres Iniesta, Barcelona: A
Iniesta is the engine that drives Barcelona's near-flawless short passing game.
On Saturday, the Barca veteran was phenomenal, making runs and setting up teammates. Iniesta assisted on Villa's goal and made sure to keep the pace in Barca's favor at all times.
Iniesta was arguably the best player on the pitch.
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