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Barcelona vs. Celtic: Live Player Ratings for Barca

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 26:  Neymar of Barcelona in action during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Ajax Amsterdam and FC Barcelona at Amsterdam Arena on November 26, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2016

Barcelona ran riot at Camp Nou on Wednesday night as a Neymar hat-trick helped them to a 6-0 win over Scottish champions Celtic.

Pedro Rodriguez, Gerard Pique and Cristian Tello added the other goals, before Georgios Samaras added a late consolation.

The Catalans flew out of the traps, and could have been in the lead even before Pique prodded home inside the opening 10 minutes.

Celtic weathered that early storm from there, before Barca came back even stronger.

First of all Neymar set up Pedro to make it 2-0 on 40 minutes, before the Brazilian scored his first Champions League goal on the stroke of half time.

Things didn't get easier after the break for Neil Lennon's men, as Neymar completed his treble with two well taken goals.

Tello then added a sixth, before Samaras headed home in the 89th minute for the Scottish side.

Here are the live Barcelona player ratings:

Barcelona player ratings
PlayerHalf timeFull time
Jose Pinto66
Martin Montoya66
Gerard Pique77
Javier Mascherano66
Adriano66
Sergio Busquets77
Xavi Hernandez77
Sergi Roberto67
Alexis Sanchez66
Neymar810
Pedro Rodriguez78
B/R

First-half analysis

Jose Pinto: No saves to make, very little involvement.

Martin Montoya: Gave the ball away a couple of times and didn't offer enough quality when he got in forward positions for Barcelona's attack, although he did assist Neymar's goal.

Gerard Pique: Scored the goal and was involved a few more times in the final third. Also defended well on the few occasions he was called upon. 

Javier Mascherano: More disciplined than Pique, but had little to do in a 45 minutes in which Celtic struggled to break into Barca's defensive third.

Adriano: A solid 45 minutes from Adriano on the left, although he didn't venture forward as much as he would have liked

Sergio Busquets: Brilliant on the ball at times, one exchange with Neymar was particularly impressive.

Xavi Hernandez: Controlled the game, as you'd expect, from midfield, but did give the ball away sloppily once.

Sergi Roberto: Quiet in the middle, but didn't do a great deal wrong.

Alexis Sanchez: Lively as ever, but yet to be involved in the game's pivotal moments.

Neymar: As in Scotland, caused Celtic all sorts of problems. Picked up an assist and a goal to crown his first half performance.

Pedro Rodriguez: Impressive moving from left to right across Celtic's backline and has a goal to his name too.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 11:  Neymar of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's 5th goal during the UEFA Champions League, Group H match between FC Barcelona and Celtic FC at the Camp Nou Stadium on December 11, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Pho
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Second-half analysis

Jose Pinto: Little to do until the last five minutes when he conceded a goal, saved from Commons and was rounded by Samaras but saved by Pique.

Martin Montoya: Less involved in the second 45 as the Barcelona attacks seemed to shift more to the left and through the middle.

Gerard Pique: Less of an impact in the final third and will be disappointed to have missed out on a clean sheet—good goal line clearance at the end though.

Javier Mascherano: A fairly quiet night until the last five minutes when an understandably switched off backline could have conceded more than the one they did.

Adriano: Linked play on the left, but an unremarkable night for the Brazilian.

Sergio Busquets: Typically classy performance, although wasn't particularly troubled in a defensive light. Will have tougher nights.

Xavi Hernandez: Orchestrated play and was vital in a couple of the Catalan's goals—notably the fourth.

Sergi Roberto: Played with more freedom after the break and was involved in the excellent build up which led to Neymar's second goal.

Alexis Sanchez: Great footwork and passing before he was substituted, but rarely got in to the most dangerous of areas.

Neymar: A glittering performance from the Brazilian who had never managed a

Pedro Rodriguez: Enjoyed himself tonight, linking up with Neymar and generally causing a poor Celtic side problems.

 

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