Celta Vigo vs. Barcelona: La Liga Live Score, Highlights, Recap
Barcelona beat Celta Vigo 3-0 on Tuesday night to extend their unbeaten start to 11 games.
Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring in the first half, before a Yoel own goal and a smart finish from Cesc Fabregas killed the match off in the early stages of the second half.
Celta looked like they could trouble Barca during an exciting first half, but they didn't turn up after the break.
It's now 10 wins and one draw for the Catalans, who temporarily move four points clear of Atletico Madrid and nine ahead of Real Madrid.
La Liga: Balaidos, Vigo (10pm CET, 9pm GMT, 5pm ET)
Celta Vigo 0-3 Barcelona (2nd half)
Scorers: Alexis, Yoel [OG], Fabregas
Celta Vigo: Yoel; Hugo Mallo, Gustavo Cabral, Andreu Fontas, Jon Aurtenetxe (Toni); Borja Oubina, Alex Lopez, Rafinha Alcantara, Augusto Fernandez (Santi Mina), Nolito (Fabian Orellana); Charles
Barcelona: Victor Valdes; Dani Alves, Carles Puyol, Marc Bartra, Adriano (Martin Montoya); Sergio Busquets, Alex Song, Cesc Fabregas (Andres Iniesta); Alexis Sanchez (Cristian Tello), Lionel Messi, Pedro Rodriguez
That's all from Balaidos, where Barcelona eventually emerged comfortable 3-0 winners. Thanks for joining B/R's live coverage.
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Celta Vigo 0-3 Barcelona
90 -- Messi drives over!
Messi, looking to score still, drives forward, but is again foiled by the finger tips of Yoel. Looks like it will be two games without a goal for La Pulga.
89 -- Winding down
The Barcelona players are already thinking about those post game Instagram photos in the changing rooms by the looks of things. The game ended when Fabregas scored Barca's third.
86 -- Chance for Tello
Messi shifts the ball left to Tello, after failing to work a shooting chance of his own, but the youngster rifles the ball into the side netting.
85 -- Santi Mina should score!
Celta's 17-year-old striker, with a little but of luck, finds himself in a shooting position in the box, but, with the goal gaping, drives at Montoya and it deflects for a corner.
83 -- Barca final change
Goal scorer Alexis Sanchez is replaced by Cristian Tello.
81 -- Messi close to four again!
Messi - choosing to ignore an open Pedro - goes on his own, beating the full-back, cutting onto his left and asking the question of Yoel again. Celta's keeper responds well again though, forcing Messi's shot behind for a corner.
79 -- Ahem, about that fourth goal..
...Messi wriggles into some space in the box and whizzes a shot at Yoel. Celta's stopper makes a good save, keeping the score at three.
78 -- Late game blues
Celta have probably given up on any form of miraculous comeback, while Barca are happy to do what they do. If a fourth goal comes, then good, but they're in no rush to find it at the moment.
74 -- Pedro chance
Messi again allowed too much space in the middle, this time shifting the ball left to Pedro. The Spanish international rifles a left-footed effort off the top of the bar, much to Yoel's relief.
70 -- Barca change
Cesc Fabregas, who took the game beyond Celta's reach at the start of the second half, is taken off, unfortunately for Celta he's replaced by Andres Iniesta.
69 -- Celta make their final change
Nolito, who could have scored seconds earlier, is replaced by Fabian Orellana.
67 -- Foul by Alves, Celta free kick
Dani Alves conceded a needless free kick on the edge of his own box for a challenge on Nolito. Nolito picks himself up to strike the free kick and... IT RATTLES THE BAR. Fantastic hit, unlucky result.
65 -- Great sweeping from Yoel
A wonderful pass from Fabregas opens up the defence but, as Alexis looks to latch on to it, Yoel intercepts about 30 yards out from his goal. Good work.
64 -- Celta in possession
The home side are having more of the ball now, and are neat and tidy with it. But do they have the belief to get back into the game, let alone the penetration?
Here is that Yoel [OG]/Fabregas goal.
So looks like we're going to have to credit that first Fabregas as a Yoel own goal. Makes sense, but seems unfair. Who would want it the most out of the two of them!?
59 -- Another Celta change
17-year-old striker Santi Mina is replacing Augusto Fernandez.
58 -- Celta change
Toni comes on for Jon Aurtenexte.
57 -- Nearly four!
Great save from the feet of Yoel, following Messi's shot after some good, one-touch football from Barcelona. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
55 -- And then it was three
Following signs Celta could yet offer something, Messi breaks, passes to Fabregas and the former Arsenal midfielder finishes expertly at Yoel's near post. Great left-foot finish—game over?
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR BARCELONA
52 -- Valdes in action!
Charles gets a decent strike on target from 15 yards, but Valdes gets down low to claim it fairly easily. Brief sparks from Celta—they'll need a goal soon though.
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