Tuesday October 23, 2012 Group Stage: Group G Finished Camp Nou

FC Barcelona 2 - 1 Celtic

  • Iniesta 45’
  • Alba 90’
  • Samaras 18’

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    Time:90'
    • FC Barcelona
    • Celtic
    • 90+4' The full-time whistle goes at the Camp Nou, and Barcelona have grabbed a last-gasp 2-1 victory over a valiant Celtic, who have been cruelly denied in the final minute! Lennon's men have given absolutely everything, but they come away with nothing despite their incredible efforts. Thanks for joining us. What is your reaction to that extraordinary match? Get in touch on Twitter @Dan_Eurosport
    • 90+4' GOAL! Barcelona grab a stoppage-time goal which will surely be the winner as Alba ghosts in to meet Sanchez's delivery at the back post, and he stabs the ball past Forster! What a cruel late blow for Celtic.
    • 90+3' Song and Iniesta fail to find Messi with attempted through balls, and surely the final whistle will sound as Celtic look to hold on.
    • 90+2' Tello misplaces a poor through ball as Celtic have a goal kick, and the final whistle is just a minute away now as the travelling supporters implore the referee to blow his whistle!
    • 90+1' Barcelona pile forward once more, but Celtic are managing to hold their shape and make crucial challenges at the back.
    • 90' Villa hits the post! Forster finally looks beaten as Villa drives a fierce shot towards the far corner of the net, but the post denies him as Celtic hold on!
    • 89' Adriano blasts a wild shot over the bar, and that's a very poor effort with Barcelona desperate for an elusive winner!
    • 88' Iniesta and Villa combine on the edge of the penalty area, and Messi is restricted to a poor shot as Celtic continue to defend valiantly.
    • 87' This is a quite incredible performance from Celtic, who continue to withstand a tremendous amount of pressure from their illustrious hosts, and the travelling supporters will be immensely proud.
    • 86' The entire Celtic team are now boxed into their half very deep indeed, and Xavi fires a wild shot miles over the crossbar!
    • 85' It's desperate defending from Celtic now as Barca pile on the pressure, with Forster racing out to gather a loose ball.
    • 84' Alba surges down the left yet again, before Iniesta is crowded out inside the Celtic box!
    • 83' Wanyama is down injured for Celtic, and he's looking in trouble as he gets wheeled off. It looks to be cramp, but Celtic cannot afford to be carrying anyone at this stage.
    • 82' Messi looks very frustrated now as he clips a corner into the box, only for Ambrose to head clear, beating Villa to the ball.
    • 81' Sanchez is replaced by Villa, who comes on tasked with breaching this stubborn Celtic defence.
    • 80' David Villa is poised to come on for Barcelona as Ledley wins a free kick with Adriano booked for a poor challenge.
    • 79' Lustig manages to clear as Xavi almost finds Messi, and some of the Barca players are looking very frustrated now.
    • 78' Sanchez twists and turns outwide to win a throw in deep inside the Celtic half, and Barcelona continue to press relentlessly.
    • 77' Celtic also make a change as Beram Kayal replaces Mulgrew.
    • 76' Christian Tello comes on for Barcelona with Pedro making way.
    • 75' Unbelievable! Iniesta again dinks a precise ball over the top of the Celtic back four, and this time it is Messi who turns the ball on target, with Forster making another inspired save!
    • 74' Iniesta dinks a through ball over the top of the Celtic defence for Sanchez, but his shot is blocked away again brilliantly by Forster!
    • 73' Barca continue to stroke the ball around in the Celtic half, and it's one-way traffic with the visitors sitting deeper and deeper by the minute.
    • 72' Alba races down the left at pace, but a poor touch lets Forrest in as he tracks back to challenge. He's everywhere!
    • 71' Mascherano is shown the yellow card as he fouls Forrest with the Celtic sub racing away, and that was very cynical.
    • 70' Vilanova is now preparing to make a change or two with the Barcelona substitutes warming up on the touchline. Who will be coming on?
    • 69' What a save! Another incisive move from the hosts sees Sanchez combine with Pedro, with Messi gliding in to fire a snap shot on target from close range, only for Forster to somehow claw the ball away!
    • 67' Wanyama again brings the ball out for Celtic, and he has been very adventurous for the visitors all evening.
    • 66' A number of you have got in touch to say that you don't think Scott Brown should have been replaced - what do others think? Comment via Twitter...
    • 65' This time, Messi opts to drive a shot from the edge of the box instead of dribbling, but Forster manages to collect comfortably.
    • 64' Messi jinks between challenges in the Celtic box, but he can't get a shot away as he is crowded out.
    • 63' Commons gets down the right and looks to whip over a delivery to Hooper in the box, but Mascherano just gets back in the nick of time!
    • 62' Scott Brown is replaced by Kris Commons as Lennon makes his second change of the match, and Joe Ledley picks up the armband.
    • 61' Hooper picks out Mulgrew with a raking diagonal pass, but a bad touch from his team-mate sees Barca regain possession once more.
    • 60' Wanyama brings the ball out from the back at pace for Celtic, but a promising counter-attack is ended abruptly as Song intervenes.
    • 59' Alba wins a corner down the left with a lung-busting run, and Barcelona can continue to pressure their visitors from this set piece.
    • 58' Messi and Iniesta combine on the edge of the penalty area once more, and it's constant pressure from Barca as Celtic are held under the cosh.
    • 57' Forster claims the high ball from the corner in commanding fashion, and Celtic can press up the field once more.
    • 56' Pedro wins a corner for Barcelona down the right with a fine run, and he skins Izaguirre completely.
    • 55' Messi darts down the left, but he is unable to cut the ball back as it drifts out of play.
    • 54' What a chance for Celtic! Mulgrew drifts another fantastic delivery to the back post, and Wanyama meets it but can only head wide from close range - it's a big chance wasted!
    • 53' Messi tries to lob Forster from 25 yards, but his left-footed effort drifts over the crossbar!
    • 52' Wanyama picks out Forrest with a ball down the line, before the forward goes down very easily and the referee tells him to get up.
    • 51' Mulgrew eventually drives his free kick into the wall, and Izaguirre follows it up with a wild shot over the bar!
    • 50' There is a delay as the wall is pushed back by the referee, and Mulgrew stands over the set piece.
    • 49' Sanchez is penalised for a foul on Lustig, before Forrest does superbly to win a free kick as Sanchez again commits the infringement.
    • 48' Neither manager made a change at the break, but Lennon will have to monitor his players' energy levels as they continue to chase the ball incessantly.
    • 47' Alba and Sanchez continue to cause havoc down the left for Barcelona, and Ambrose has to bring the ball away for the visitors.
    • 46' The second half gets under way, and Barcelona keep the ball in the Celtic half with James Forrest the furthest player up the field.
    • - Well, what did you make of that everyone? Can Celtic claim a famous result, or will Barcelona run away with it in the second half? What will the final scoreline be? Get in touch with me on Twitter @Dan_Eurosport
    • 45+2' The half-time whistle goes at the Camp Nou, and Celtic are denied a lead at the break after Iniesta's cool finish drew Barcelona level following the visitors' shock opener! Samaras has finally been credited with the goal, despite it coming off Mascherano last. What a first half for Lennon's side, who led for much of it!
    • 45+1' Messi drags a tame shot wide of the far post from the edge of the box as Barca go straight back on the attack, and that should be it for the first half.
    • 45' GOAL! Iniesta draws Barcelona level on the stroke of half-time with a clinical finish beyond Forster after a slick one-two with Xavi inside the Celtic box, and that was quite brilliant! Barcelona breathe a sigh of relief as the hosts restore parity.
    • 45' James Forrest comes on to replace the injury-stricken Samaras, and what an occasion this is for him.
    • 44' Samaras signals to the Celtic bench that he will need to be replaced and Lennon is frantically preparing a change.
    • 43' Samaras is in big trouble as he lands heavily on his ankle, and that's a big blow for Celtic!
    • 42' The Celtic fans are in full voice as they roar on their side, and this is a quite incredible scoreline as we approach half-time.
    • 41' Wanyama does well to win a free kick at the expense of Iniesta, shielding the ball on the edge of the Celtic box.
    • 40' Iniesta again jinks his way into the box, but Ambrose does superbly to stand his ground and make a challenge.
    • 39' Messi is again agonisingly close with a free kick as it skims the netting, and Forster was struggling to get across to it!
    • 38' Hooper concedes a free-kick for a foul on Mascherano, and Celtic are under the cosh.
    • 37' Barcelona have enjoyed 73 per cent of the possession so far, but they are behind 1-0 in what is a remarkable scoreline.
    • 36' Messi finds Alexis outwide, who clips a ball into the box for Xavi, but he cannot hit the target with a volley on the spin.
    • 35' Vilanova finally sits down after lots of arm-waving and shouting, and Celtic have the ball through Hooper.
    • 34' Scott Brown, who has been magnificent so far in midfield, dispossesses Messi with a firm challenge.
    • 33' Samaras again brings the ball forward as an isolated figure, and he's doing his job perfectly.
    • 32' Vilanova looks very agitated on the touchline as he waves his arms around frantically.
    • 31' Adriano gets down the right and clips a firm ball into the box, but it's deflected behind for a corner.
    • 30' Messi and Xavi dictate the play once more on the edge of the Celtic box, and the visitors are sitting deeper and deeper.
    • 28' STAT: Barcelona have lost just one of their last 20 Champions League games (W15 D4 L1).
    • 27' Sanchez whips over the initial corner from the left, and Bartra should score from Iniesta's subsequent delivery with a free header from close range which he directs wide!
    • 26' Samaras is doing a superb job so far of holding the ball up and giving his side valuable respite.
    • 25' Messi is crowded out on the edge of the Celtic box, and Ledley makes another very fine interception.
    • 24' Samaras concedes another free kick with a clumsy foul on Song, and Celtic are challenging for every ball.
    • 23' Jordi Alba is adjudged to be in an offside position as he gets in behind the Celtic back four once more.
    • 22' Close from Messi! A curling free-kick from the Argentinean flies just agonisingly over Fraser Forster's bar. It was a matter of inches.
    • 21' Neil Lennon celebrated that Celtic opener as if he had scored it himself. Barcelona are back in possession, of course.
    • 20' Replays show that the final touch definitely came off Mascherano, and it was an own goal.
    • 19' The Celtic fans are going absolutely crazy with their side in front, and this was never on the cards!
    • 18' GOAL! Would you believe it?! Celtic take the lead as Mulgrew whips over a precise delivery into the box, and Samaras's header is deflected off Mascherano and beyond Valdes! Celtic are in front, and their fans are delirious!
    • 18' What a move! Xavi picks out Messi on the edge of the penalty area with a raking ball, before the forward chips an exquisite through ball to Marc Bartra, whose volley is parried away by Forster!
    • 17' Adriano whips across a devilish delivery to the far post, and Lustig takes the safety-first approach as he heads behind for a corner.
    • 16' STAT: Scott Brown has committed more fouls than any other player in the Champions League (9).
    • 15' Brown is penalised for a foul on Iniesta, and that was pretty cynical with the forward running into space.
    • 14' Messi loses the ball to Ledley, who brings the ball out for the visitors, but Samaras is quickly dispossessed.
    • 13' Samaras is playing in a more central role for Celtic this evening, and his job is absolutely crucial in attempting to hold up the ball.
    • 12' Samaras drops deep to link the play, and he almost slides in Mulgrew with a pass down the line.
    • 11' Barcelona have the best passing accuracy in the opposition half (92 per cent) while Celtic have the lowest completion rate (65 per cent).
    • 10' Lennon is absolutely furious about something as he berates his players from the touchline.
    • 9' Alba charges down the left to collect a pass from Messi, and his cross fizzes across the six-yard box with Celtic relieved that no one is on the end of it.
    • 8' Vilanova is quickly out of his seat to urge Sanchez to remain outwide as he fails to latch on to a diagonal ball from Song.
    • 7' Xavi drops very deep and sprays the ball around, with Song and Iniesta joining in at will.
    • 6' Just to give you an idea of the possession early on, Barcelona are enjoying 78 per cent of it!
    • 5' Messi attempts a one-two with Pedro on the edge of the Celtic box, but Ambrose gets a foot in and manages to half-clear.
    • 4' Sanchez loses the ball out on the left with a lazy backheel, but Barca are swiftly back on the ball through Messi.
    • 3' Celtic are holding a very high line at the moment, and Barcelona's forwards are simply looking to run in behind.
    • 2' Big chance! Alexis Sanchez gets in behind the Celtic back four as he latches on to a through ball from Iniesta, but he slides his shot wide of the far post with just Fraser Forster to beat!
    • 2' Mascherano gives the ball away to Hooper, but the Celtic forward cannot quite gather it in his stride and Barca are back on the ball.
    • 1' The first half is under way at the Camp Nou, and Barcelona are immediately into their stride with some patient possession around halfway.
    • 19:40 The players emerge and we are all set for kick-off at the Camp Nou, and the noise is deafening as both sets of supporters make themselves heard. Tonight's referee, Gianluca Rocchi, is taking charge of his ninth UEFA Champions League match.
    • 19:35 53 per cent of Celtic’s attempts at goal have come from set plays, the highest proportion in the Champions League - do you fancy Lennon's men to get on the scoresheet via a set piece this evening?
    • 19:30 @Vu_Vu_Ze_La thinks that if Celtic focus on Messi then they are going to be heading for a very early demise. Sammy D reckons that Celtic will hold out for a 1-1 draw. What do others think?
    • 19:25 Be sure to get involved in today's coverage in one of three ways: leave your thoughts in our comments section below, rate the players as the game progresses once we kick off, and if you want to get your comments published here on the 'cast, simply send them over via Twitter! You can reach me at @Dan_Eurosport
    • 19:20 Lionel Messi has scored (53) or assisted (17) 70 goals in 70 Champions League appearances.
    • 19:15 Celtic have failed to score in four of their last five European games against Spanish opponents, including the last three in Spain. The Scottish champions have failed to score in nine of their last 13 European matches in Spain, netting just once in each of the other three games.
    • 19:10 Barcelona have won 14 and lost none of their last 17 Champions League games at the Nou Camp. They have won four and lost none of their last seven European games against Scottish opponents and won four and lost just one of the eight European matches they have played against Celtic.
    • 19:05 Neil Lennon (Celtic): "It is exciting times for the players and the club and the supporters as well. But we aren't here for a holiday. We are not here for the tourist attractions. We are here to play football. We are going to be in for a tough 90 minutes but we want Barcelona to be in for a tough 90 minutes. This is the ultimate test away from home. We haven't budgeted for anything from this game but who knows. I’m hoping for 11 or 14 heroes tomorrow night, not just one."
    • 19:00 Tito Vilanova (Barcelona): "Injuries are normally a headache for a coach but we have got what we have got. And all the players are at the right level to play for Barcelona. We would like to improve on everything and score more and concede less and we will try to do that. But all Champions League games are complicated and I am worried because Celtic are very fast up front and they proved it against Spartak. They play good, counter-attacking football so we know they are dangerous."
    • 18:55 TEAMS - Barcelona: Valdes, Adriano, Bartra, Mascherano, Alba, Xavi, Song, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Alexis. Subs: Pinto, Montoya, Fabregas, Dos Santos, Sergi Roberto, Villa, Tello. /// Celtic: Forster, Izaguirre, Wilson, Ambrose, Lustig, Samaras, Mulgrew, Ledley, Wanyama, Brown, Hooper. Subs: Zaulska, Matthews, Kayal, Commons, Forrest, Rogne, Miku.
    • 18:50 What better way to preview the match than to get the thoughts of Celtic legend and former Barcelona striker Henrik Larsson? Watch our EXCLUSIVE video!
    • 18:45 Good evening and welcome to our LIVE text coverage as Scottish champions Celtic travel to Camp Nou to take on 2011 European champions Barcelona in the Champions League. Team news will follow shortly but you can get your predictions and thoughts in right now via Twitter - follow me @Dan_Eurosport!
  • Summary

    • 90+4' GOAL! Barcelona grab a stoppage-time goal which will surely be the winner as Alba ghosts in to meet Sanchez's delivery at the back post, and he stabs the ball past Forster! What a cruel late blow for Celtic.
    • 90' Villa hits the post! Forster finally looks beaten as Villa drives a fierce shot towards the far corner of the net, but the post denies him as Celtic hold on!
    • 75' Unbelievable! Iniesta again dinks a precise ball over the top of the Celtic back four, and this time it is Messi who turns the ball on target, with Forster making another inspired save!
    • 74' Iniesta dinks a through ball over the top of the Celtic defence for Sanchez, but his shot is blocked away again brilliantly by Forster!
    • 69' What a save! Another incisive move from the hosts sees Sanchez combine with Pedro, with Messi gliding in to fire a snap shot on target from close range, only for Forster to somehow claw the ball away!
    • 54' What a chance for Celtic! Mulgrew drifts another fantastic delivery to the back post, and Wanyama meets it but can only head wide from close range - it's a big chance wasted!
    • 45' GOAL! Iniesta draws Barcelona level on the stroke of half-time with a clinical finish beyond Forster after a slick one-two with Xavi inside the Celtic box, and that was quite brilliant! Barcelona breathe a sigh of relief as the hosts restore parity.
    • 27' Sanchez whips over the initial corner from the left, and Bartra should score from Iniesta's subsequent delivery with a free header from close range which he directs wide!
    • 22' Close from Messi! A curling free-kick from the Argentinean flies just agonisingly over Fraser Forster's bar. It was a matter of inches.
    • 18' GOAL! Would you believe it?! Celtic take the lead as Mulgrew whips over a precise delivery into the box, and Samaras's header is deflected off Mascherano and beyond Valdes! Celtic are in front, and their fans are delirious!
    • 18' What a move! Xavi picks out Messi on the edge of the penalty area with a raking ball, before the forward chips an exquisite through ball to Marc Bartra, whose volley is parried away by Forster!
    • 2' Big chance! Alexis Sanchez gets in behind the Celtic back four as he latches on to a through ball from Iniesta, but he slides his shot wide of the far post with just Fraser Forster to beat!
    • 18:55 TEAMS - Barcelona: Valdes, Adriano, Bartra, Mascherano, Alba, Xavi, Song, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Alexis. Subs: Pinto, Montoya, Fabregas, Dos Santos, Sergi Roberto, Villa, Tello. /// Celtic: Forster, Izaguirre, Wilson, Ambrose, Lustig, Samaras, Mulgrew, Ledley, Wanyama, Brown, Hooper. Subs: Zaulska, Matthews, Kayal, Commons, Forrest, Rogne, Miku.
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