Lionel Messi scores hat-trick in Barcelonas 7-0 thrashing of Celtic

Lionel Messi scored 3 objectives, supported by Neymar, Andrs Iniesta and Luis Surez, as Barcelona trounced Brendan Rodgers Celtic 7-0

Better groups than us have actually discovered it challenging, Brendan Rodgers stated prior to this video game, however even he can not have actually pictured it would be rather this difficult. Celtics opening night in this seasons Champions League was a long one, an objective coming inside the opening 3 minutes, another coming inside the closing 3 minutes and 5 more in between them. 3 for Leo Messi, 2 for Luis Surez and one each for Neymar and Andrs Iniesta finished a damage, Celtics worst ever beat in this competitors and Barcelonas finest win. No European Cup-winning club has actually ever lost by more in this competitors.

For a supervisor who stated himself an admirer of everything that Barcelona represent, this was an unpleasant presentation of their qualities. Barcelona caused 7 objectives and a thousand cuts upon their visitors, not simply playing the video game in Celtics half however playing much of it inside their own location. The second was terrible if the very first half was remarkable. By the end, a Moussa Dembl charge conserved by Marc-Andr ter Stegen was long forgotten, buried below the football that swallowed up Celtic. Rodgers confessed he felt defenseless as he saw from the touchline.

It began early from a corner, however not by the standard path. Rather Neymar took it brief to Jordi Alba, who provided it back to him out on the left touchline from where he cut down within and, with the defence marching, turned the ball into the location for Messi to manage and strike high into the leading corner from the edge of the six-yard box. The clock revealed 2:45; this appeared like being a long night for Celtic .

Kolo Tour smashed one off his own post; Messi slipped the ball through the legs of Nir Bitton to thump directly large; and Surez moved in, inches from supplying the surface to exactly what was basically a 40-yard one-two with Messi. A pattern appeared to have actually been set early: Barcelona had the ball while Celtic followed it, normally showing up too late. But, it was Ter Stegen who showed up late, on 22 minutes and for a short while enlivened this video game.

Scott Sinclairs run started inside the centre circle and took him to the edge of the location, where he slipped the ball through to Dembl. Out came Ter Stegen, bringing him down for a charge. As the striker towered above the area, the German goalkeeper carried out star leaps, a brilliant orange-pink figure with even brighter yellow extremities. He dived to his right and pressed the charge away two-handed. Rodgers regreted the chance lost and Barcelona quickly raced out of sight.

Rodgers had actually stated Celtics challengers might discover area even if you parked 2 double-decker buses, and this was a fine example. Messi, Neymar, Messi, Neymar, through small green and white spaces they went, backward and forward, up until Messi completed from hardly a backyard. Ivan Rakitic had actually one cleared off the line and Neymar was stopped by Dorus de Vries, although their pushing did periodically enable an exit path and a cool mix launched Kieran Tierney whose pass was completed by Sinclair, in an offside position.

Three minutes into the 2nd half, Barcelona had the 3rd; the genuine damage had actually started, Neymar curling in a free-kick. If the rating anxious Rodgers the time most likely did too: there was more of this to come.

Neymar clipped in a cross for Iniesta, on as a replacement for Rakitic at half-time, to do something really unlike Iniesta: he definitely smashed the volley into the web. It was 4 now; it would be 5 nearly prior to they understood it. Hardly 15 seconds passed in between Celtic beginning and the ball striking their web. Once again the pressure was high, the death was crisp. Surez drew back for Messi to move the ball in and finish a hat-trick.

It was not that Barcelona were rattling off shots from all over the location; it is not their method and they did not have to. Yes, Neymar had actually curled in from 25 lawns and Iniesta had actually belted his, however Messis 3 originated from a combined overall of barely 15 lawns and the 2 objectives that followed were from comparable ranges. Barcelona were slicing through Celtic, the relocations not completed till they had actually essentially lacked pitch.

Celtic may have been deep by design however Barcelona pressed them even more and they might not discover an escape. Surez and his team-mates hardly let them breathe. Barcelona integrated inside the location typically. When, for a short time, the visitors stepped up, leaving area, Barcelona flooded into it with speed. Celtic might have regretted their passivity.

Of the front 3, just Surez had actually not scored, that stunning male, Rodgers had actually called him and he quickly treated that when Neymar clipped the ball on to his chest by the corner of the six-yard box. He managed, thumped the ball and turned into the roofing system of the web. 6, then 7. Another brief corner, Messis ball throughout and Surez poked it in from close quarters.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2016/sep/13/barcelona-celtic-champions-league-match-report