Saturday March 30, 2013 Day 29 Finished Estadio Balaídos

Celta de Vigo 2 - 2 FC Barcelona

  • Insa 38’
  • Oubiña 88’
  • Tello 43’
  • Messi 73’

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  1. Liga - Messi sets new milestone as Celta hold Barca

    Liga - Messi sets new milestone as Celta hold Barca

    Lionel Messi scored in his 19th league game in succession but hosts Celta Vigo held Barcelona to a 2-2 draw. More

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    Time:90'
    • Celta de Vigo
    • FC Barcelona
    • FULL TIME: Celta Vigo 2-2 Barcelona. Thanks for joining us!
    • 90+2' Just over a minute to go and this could be a huge point for Celta...
    • 90+1' Orellana takes and it almost ricochets through to a Celta player. Barca break but Varas grabs it. End to end stuff.
    • 90' We have three added minutes now. Still time for both sides. Celta force a corner.
    • 89' Celta with the bit between their teeth now actually driving forward for a winner!
    • 88' GOAL Celta! And it’s a quite brilliant header at the far post from Oubiña from Orellana’s pinpoint cross. Looks like it’s going to end honours even here.
    • 87' Another booking, this time for Busquets for a challenge on Bernejo. Getting a little tetchy as this match draws to a close.
    • 86' Augusto booked for another clumsy challenge on Thiago. That has been coming.
    • 84' Barca holding fort nicely now, passing it around and running down time with little over five minutes remaining.
    • 83' Barcelona sub: Fabregas off for Busquets
    • 82' Certainly no room for complacency from the champions elect. Celta still with plenty of time to draw level.
    • 81' Celta sub: Insa off for Madinda
    • 80' Messi again runs at the Celta defence but his ball has just too much on it for Fabregas.
    • 79' Barcelona beginning to dominate possession at the moment but it hasn’t been like that for the whole match.
    • 78' Messi onside with another half chance but his effort is blocked this time.
    • 76' Celta have to gamble now. They may as well throw caution to the wind as they have nothing to lose.
    • 75' Celta win a free kick. Oubiña plays it in but Pique deals with the danger and Tello breaks again.
    • 74' Well we really have witnessed something special tonight and something that is never likely to be repeated. He really is a genius. The greatest ever? Post your comments below or tweet me @fmasefield.
    • 73' GOAL Barca! And it’s none other than Lionel Messi who slots home from Tello’s inch perfect pass. Amazingly that’s his 56th goal of the season and 19th in 19 league games!
    • 72' Pique watching the line like a hawk and two Celta players caught offside. Foul by Augusto and lucky not to be booked.
    • 71' Barca break down the left through Tello and Lago does brilliantly to clear with Villa bearing down to tap it into the net. Great defending.
    • 70' So both sides ringing the changes in an attempt to bag the points. Insa crosses it into the box, Barca clear.
    • 69' Celta sub: Pranjic off – De Lucas on
    • 68' Barcelona sub: Alexis off – Villa on
    • 67' Not long before Roura brings on David Villa you feel for Alexis or Tello.
    • 66' A great run from Messi onto Alves’ ball and he has his chance but strikes it over the bar. It’s given as a corner but didn’t look like it took any deflection! He does miss sometimes...
    • 65' Barcelona sub: Iniesta on for Thiago.
    • 64' Controversy as Alexis is booked for a handball when he blatantly took it down on his chest. No appeals from any Celta player either!
    • 63' Crossfield pass from Pique picks out Tello and he’s in behind the defence but his touch lets him down and Varas has it.
    • 62' Lago booked for a trip on Tello.
    • 61' Celta sub: Bernejo on for Park
    • 60' Mario Bernejo preparing to come on. A peach of a pass from Messi finds Tello and he slides it home but he’s caught just offside!
    • 59' Both sides giving the ball away cheaply in the last few minutes. Scrappy stuff.
    • 58' Fabregas swings in the corner but Celta clear the danger. A poor pass from Pique can only find the arms of Varas.
    • 57' Good work by Insa to bring the ball clear and Augusto also does well to rob the Barca midfield before he too loses out. Tello forces a corner.
    • 56' David Villa has also started to warm up so Barca preparing to ring the changes. Augusto crosses in to Park and he hits his shot a few feet wide.
    • 55' Well Andres Iniesta is warming up on the touchline and it may not be long before he comes on to give Celta a few headaches.
    • 54' A good turn by Alexis and Lago is forced to bring him down. Another free kick to Barca. Park caught offside for Celta.
    • 53' A foul by Park gives Barca another free kick in their own half. It’s getting a little scrappy at the moment, as it was in the first quarter of the first half.
    • 51' Pranjic does well surrounded by Barca players to clear from the corner but the visitors are straight back on the attack. Tello blasts his cross out and it’s a goal kick.
    • 50' Fabregas makes a run for Messi’s pass meant for Tello but there’s too much on it and Varas has it. Lago then concedes a corner.
    • 49' Celta will be hoping that many of the Barca stars back from International duty will tire in the second half. Not looking like it yet.
    • 47' A late challenge by Insa on Fabregas and Barca have a free kick on the left flank. Patient build-up work but they go back to the half way line and build again.
    • 46' Celta not looking like a team that has lost six of their last seven matches so far. They’re on the attack immediately but Barca can play a lot better and have quality on the bench.
    • 45' Welcome back here to the Estadio de Balaidos for the second half where this match is nicely poised at 1-1. Will Messi get that magic 19 and will we see Eric Abidal make an appearance?
    • 45' HALF TIME: Celta Vigo 1-1 Barcelona
    • 44' It’s turned into a really good half of football and 1-1 is probably a fair reflection of the balance of play.
    • 43' You can’t keep a good man down and that’s the reply of champions. Not only does Messi score, he also provides in abundance.
    • 42' GOAL Barca! Messi plays in Tello with a lovely ball over the top and this time he makes no mistake as his shot goes in off the post. Great finish.
    • 41' A good effort from Messi and Varas dives to the right and pulls off a good save to keep him on just the 18 successive league goals...
    • 40' Messi runs at the defence and is brought down by Oubiña on the edge of the box. Yellow card and a great chance.
    • 39' Celta beat Real Madrid here earlier in the season in the Copa del Rey and it’s a similarly confident performance.
    • 38' You can’t say Celta haven’t deserved that on balance of play. They break again...
    • 37' GOAL Celta! Park fed Orellana who wriggles past two challenges before his scuffed shot is redirected home by Insa. Game on!
    • 36' If Messi scores tonight it will be his 19th league goal in succession against every team. An incredible record that may never be beaten.
    • 35' Alves whips in another cross and it’s again just too high for Messi.
    • 34' Celta force another corner and Oubiña flashes a header just wide. He had a free run at that one.
    • 33' It’s an awful corner from Thiago and straight out for a goal kick.
    • 32' Messi hits it left footed and it cannons off the wall for a corner.
    • 31' Barca warming to the task now and they have a free kick. Cabral goes into the book. Lucky it’s only a yellow.
    • 30' Messi feeds in Tello through on goal but his wild shot doesn’t even hit the target.
    • 29' Messi wriggles into the box and goes down looking for a penalty. There was definitely contact from Demidov and Barca are unlucky. That’s one apiece now.
    • 28' So a good little spell from the home side has Barcelona ruffled a bit. Now the match is warming up!
    • 27' A great double save from Pinto keeps Barca in it from Oubiña’s shot and Barca scramble it away!
    • 26' A vital touch from Demidov saves Celta from the free kick and it’s out for a Barca corner. Celta clear.
    • 24' Well Celta can count themselves unlucky as Fabregas goes into the book for something he said to the referee.
    • 23' Neither keeper yet to make a save so far. Song wins the header in midfield. Park goes down in the box and there are huge claims for a penalty as Bartra brings him down. That looked a penalty!
    • 21' This time Alves is caught about a foot offside. At least Barca are trying to get in behind the back.
    • 20' A poor pass from Fabregas to Tello in an offside position and he wasn’t even calling for it.
    • 19' Messi so nearly played in but Varas just gets there first.
    • 18' Alexis with room on the right and he whips it in early. A fanciful flick from Cabral clears the danger but it could have gone anywhere. Orellana almost wriggles free in the box but Pique covers across well.
    • 17' Messi beats two at the edge of the box but can’t get past the third tackle and Celta hoof it away. Plenty of strength in depth on the Barca bench should they need it.
    • 16' Barca on the attack again but it’s another heavy ball straight into the arms of Varas. Disappointing again.
    • 15' Barca really haven’t got going so far. Song and Fabregas haven’t got a foothold of this yet.
    • 14' A bit of a scrappy game so far but Celta have come the closest to scoring with that Fernandez effort just ruled out.
    • 13' Another corner for Celta. Whipped in towards the far post but headed away. It’s flicked back in and Fernandez scores but he’s just offside!
    • 11' A little head tennis in the Celta half, park picks it up, on loan from Arsenal. The game has finally got going and is a little bit more of a contest.
    • 10' Ten minutes in and no real chances as yet. It’s out for a Celta throw on the left hand side.
    • 9' You feel Celta’s best chance of a goal is from set pieces, with Barca’s small backs apart from Pique.
    • 8' Well Celta win a first corner with practically their first attack. A good ball in and Pinto punches away. Out of play for a throw.
    • 7' Celta haven’t really had too much of a touch of the ball yet. One way traffic at the moment. Alves gets in a good cross and it’s just over the head of Messi. Goal kick.
    • 6' Barca give the ball away to Park but he too loses out. The ball is too heavy for Messi and Varas has it.
    • 5' Bartra is occupying a central position with Pique unusually moving to the left. Alves brings it away from the back for Barcelona.
    • 4' Montoya swings in a dangerous cross but it’s cleared away from goal by Celta.
    • 3' Barca have started confidently, in complete control of the football. Passing it around in the neat triangles we’re so accustomed to. Looks like there will be a lot of defending from Celta tonight. No Xavi tonight don’t forget. Free kick to Barca for a foul on Montoya.
    • 2' Barca attack down the right hand side and it is they who win the first free kick of the match.
    • 1' Referee Mateu Lahoz blows the whistle to get us underway here in bright sunshine. You’d have to say it’s hard to see anything but a Barca win but they do have the distraction of a midweek Champions League game.
    • 16.55 Five minutes to kick off. Abidal is getting a standing ovation whilst warming up. Lovely gesture from the Balaidos crowd! Barca are 13 points clear at the top of the table and chasing their fourth win on the trot with rivals Real Madrid facing Zaragoza straight afterwards. Celta are second bottom but a win could lift them above the drop zone.
    • 16.50 The only league team the Argentine has failed to hit the net against this season is Celta - Adriano, Alba and David Villa having grabbed the goals in the 3-1 home win on November 3. Messi has notched 29 goals in that run of 18 matches, 42 in total in La Liga this season with 10 matches left to play, eight goals short of matching last year's record-breaking campaign.
    • 16.45 Lionel Messi has the chance to extend his record sequence to 19 consecutive league games with a goal.
    • 16.40 Roura: "The return of Tito means a lot. The boss is back and this is always very important. "It's an important boost for the team. Between the doctors and him they have agreed it wouldn't be a good idea (to travel to Vigo).
    • 16.35 Vilanova will not travel to Vigo, but his assistant Jordi Roura said there was a strong possibility he could join the team in Paris.
    • 16.30 The big news is that Eric Abidal is included in Barcelona's squad only a few days after coach Tito Vilanova returned following two months out receiving cancer treatment.
    • 16.25 TEAMS: Celta Vigo: Celta: Varas, Jonny, Demidov, Cabral, Lago, Pranjic, Oubiña, Natxo Insa, Augusto, Orellana, Park /// Barcelona: Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Bartra, Montoya; Song, Thiago, Fàbregas, Alexis, Messi, Tello. SUBS: Oier, Abidal, Mascherano, Deulofeu, Iniesta, Villa, Busquets.
    • 16.20 Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the La Liga clash between Celta Vigo and Barcelona from the Estadio de Balaidos. Kick off 17.00 GMT.
  • Summary

    • 88' GOAL Celta! And it’s a quite brilliant header at the far post from Oubiña from Orellana’s pinpoint cross. Looks like it’s going to end honours even here.
    • 73' GOAL Barca! And it’s none other than Lionel Messi who slots home from Tello’s inch perfect pass. Amazingly that’s his 56th goal of the season and 19th in 19 league games!
    • 71' Barca break down the left through Tello and Lago does brilliantly to clear with Villa bearing down to tap it into the net. Great defending.
    • 66' A great run from Messi onto Alves’ ball and he has his chance but strikes it over the bar. It’s given as a corner but didn’t look like it took any deflection! He does miss sometimes...
    • 56' David Villa has also started to warm up so Barca preparing to ring the changes. Augusto crosses in to Park and he hits his shot a few feet wide.
    • 42' GOAL Barca! Messi plays in Tello with a lovely ball over the top and this time he makes no mistake as his shot goes in off the post. Great finish.
    • 37' GOAL Celta! Park fed Orellana who wriggles past two challenges before his scuffed shot is redirected home by Insa. Game on!
    • 34' Celta force another corner and Oubiña flashes a header just wide. He had a free run at that one.
    • 30' Messi feeds in Tello through on goal but his wild shot doesn’t even hit the target.
    • 29' Messi wriggles into the box and goes down looking for a penalty. There was definitely contact from Demidov and Barca are unlucky. That’s one apiece now.
    • 27' A great double save from Pinto keeps Barca in it from Oubiña’s shot and Barca scramble it away!
    • 23' Neither keeper yet to make a save so far. Song wins the header in midfield. Park goes down in the box and there are huge claims for a penalty as Bartra brings him down. That looked a penalty!
    • 18' Alexis with room on the right and he whips it in early. A fanciful flick from Cabral clears the danger but it could have gone anywhere. Orellana almost wriggles free in the box but Pique covers across well.
    • 13' Another corner for Celta. Whipped in towards the far post but headed away. It’s flicked back in and Fernandez scores but he’s just offside!
    • 7' Celta haven’t really had too much of a touch of the ball yet. One way traffic at the moment. Alves gets in a good cross and it’s just over the head of Messi. Goal kick.
    • 16.25 TEAMS: Celta Vigo: Celta: Varas, Jonny, Demidov, Cabral, Lago, Pranjic, Oubiña, Natxo Insa, Augusto, Orellana, Park /// Barcelona: Pinto, Alves, Piqué, Bartra, Montoya; Song, Thiago, Fàbregas, Alexis, Messi, Tello. SUBS: Oier, Abidal, Mascherano, Deulofeu, Iniesta, Villa, Busquets.
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    Manager: Abel Resino González

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    Manager: Tito Vilanova

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  1. Not enough of you guys can write intelligible English. ­ You should be ashamed of your postings. 8 year olds­ should be able to write better than this

    From NormanJ, on Sun 31 Mar 13:55
  2. Barca.--!!!! Massi-----!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From Moshiur, on Sun 31 Mar 3:56
  3. Who care Barca is already Champ!lol

    From Juan, on Sat 30 Mar 20:07
  4. He's score much more than 19 in the last 19 league­ games - you mean he scored in ALL of the last 19 league­ games....can yo uever get your facts write, poor­ journalism!

    From Upton Park knows who should've been keeping, on Sat 30 Mar 19:28
  5. Mickey mouse was AC MIlan eat 4 goal

    From Juan, on Sat 30 Mar 19:02
  6. 56th goal of season, lol mickey mouse league...

    From Jack, on Sat 30 Mar 18:55
  7. Booo @ barca nice hold lol

    From Fu, on Sat 30 Mar 18:49
  8. No question about it, Messi is the best in the world.­ But Sanchez has never really impressed, certainly not­ consistently, and he should be offloaded and Barca­ should go for Bale. One of the few Premier Leage­ players who always looks a matchwinner.

    From Pat, on Sat 30 Mar 18:42
  9. no one cant beat his record! 19 straight goals! messi­ and barca

    From skie, on Sat 30 Mar 18:42
  10. No doubt about it. Messi is a genius!! Greater than­ Pele.

    From GEORGE, on Sat 30 Mar 18:35
  11. Even teams as good as barca need special players.. Xavi­ not playing. Goodnight. Xavi,iniesta,messi not playing­ goodbye.

    From BOB, on Sat 30 Mar 18:31
  12. Celta de Vigo 1-1 Barcelona HT

    From Alan, on Sat 30 Mar 17:47
  13. Too much commentary being ripped from ESPN...

    From Prashant, on Sat 30 Mar 17:47
  14. Goal! Thiago scored, Celta Vigo 1-1 Barcelona

    From Alan, on Sat 30 Mar 17:45
  15. come on barca......

    From , on Sat 30 Mar 17:20
  16. barca will win 3-0 messi 2 villa 1 abidal will start

    From Carl, on Fri 29 Mar 18:37
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    Barca is going to Lose HALA MADRID!

    From Julian, on Fri 29 Mar 11:44
  18. as ong as villa and mssi both play

    From Amir, on Tue 19 Mar 22:30
  19. VILLA WILL SCORE 1 MESSI WILL SCORE ANOTHER

    From Carl, on Mon 18 Mar 15:40
  20. Barcelona will win by 3-0 possible Messi hattrick.

    From Alan, on Sun 17 Mar 21:56
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