FC Barcelona has gotten off to the best start in the history of La Liga after their 3-1 win over Celta de Vigo on Saturday.
Cesc Fabregas had the first shot to give Barca the lead, but his shot went high. Iago Aspas had a great run in the 20th minute as he had a one-on-one with Victor Valdes. It looked like a certain 1-0, but Valdes came out and made a terrific stop.
A minute after V.V.’s great stop, Barcelona opened the scoring. Adriano passed it to Pedro who put a short cross into the box and found the Brazilian, who put it in the back of the net for the give-and-go goal and the 1-0 lead.
Just two minutes later, Celta equalized via the counterattack. A great pass to Fernando Augusto led to Barcelona’s defense being exposed and Fernando alone against Victor Valdes. Augusto’s shot was blocked by V.V., but Mario Bermejo was there to slam in the rebound to make it 1-1.
Three minutes after Celta tied it up, Barcelona retook the lead thanks to David Villa. An absolute sick back-heel pass by Villa allowed Andres Iniesta to run into the box as the Celta defense chased after him. Andres slipped the ball back to el guaje who put it in for the 2-1 lead.
Lionel Messi nearly had a goal just before halftime as he stole the ball and had a one-on-one with Javi Varas, but the Celta keeper held his ground and didn’t give Messi the angle he was looking for.
In the second half, Celta almost scored within a minute as Iago Aspas nearly snuck the ball through Valdes, but just went left of the post. Valdes made a nice save in the 57th minute on a Celta free kick.
Barcelona doubled the lead in the 61st minute as Iniesta found an offside Jordi Alba on the left side of the pitch, but the flag stayed down and Jordi beat the keeper for the 3-1 lead.
Celta continued to press on, trying to counterattack. But the Galician team could not find the goal.
The big scare came late in the game as Messi took a cleat to the right knee. The Camp Nou stood in silence as Leo was lying on the pitch with the medical staff checking on him.
Finally, chants of “Messi, Messi” rang out as he was helped on and remained in the game. After the game, the squad confirmed that Messi did not suffer any injury and he’s OK.
FINAL: FC Barcelona 3 – 1 Celta de Vigo
With the win combined with Atletico Madrid's loss to Valencia, FC Barcelona sit alone atop La Liga with 28 points and are unbeaten this season.
Here are the three most important points from FC Barcelona’s 3-1 win over Celta Vigo on Saturday.