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Neymar treble helps Barcelona canter past Celtic

Published: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 22.52CET
FC Barcelona 6-1 Celtic FC
Neymar broke his UEFA Champions League duck in style, hitting a treble as Barcelona won Group H and inflicted Celtic's heaviest European defeat.
by Graham Hunter
from Camp Nou

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Match statistics

BarcelonaCeltic

Goals scored6
 
1
Possession (%)68
 
32
Total attempts19
 
6
on target18
 
5
off target1
 
1
blocked9
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners10
 
2
Offsides3
 
3
Yellow cards1
 
2
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
8
Fouls suffered6
 
9
Passes900
 
364
completed787
 
250

Standings

Last updated: 19/06/2014 23:28 CET

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Wednesday 11 December 2013, 22.52CET

Neymar treble helps Barcelona canter past Celtic

FC Barcelona 6-1 Celtic FC
Neymar broke his UEFA Champions League duck in style, hitting a treble as Barcelona won Group H and inflicted Celtic's heaviest European defeat.

A performance of thrilling skill and relentless invention gave FC Barcelona a big win against Celtic FC on a night graced by a superb Neymar hat-trick.

The Brazilian international, supported by strikes from Pedro Rodríguez, Gerard Piqué and Cristian Tello, scored for the first time in this competition and when he left the pitch shortly before the end, it was to a rapturous standing ovation. Celtic's fate seemed sealed within seven minutes, partly because that is how long it took for Piqué to break the deadlock but still more because it was crystal clear the Spanish champions, who wrapped up top spot in Group H, were in the zone.

Before the match Gerardo Martino said he was content with his team's progress in the UEFA Champions League, Copa del Rey and Liga, which they lead. Where he sought improvement was in the level of play – he felt what the Spanish call 'chispa' (spark or buzz) was missing. Not tonight.

Throughout the game the Barcelona players treated this as if it were the final – attitude, work rate but also the quality of their football. And the excelsior work came, of course, from Barça's brilliant No11. In choosing how to compensate for the absent Lionel Messi and how to break his goal drought on this stage, Neymar decided it would have to be a hat-trick.

In truth, he could have had more. Pedro tried to take one off his toes, Fraser Forster twice did well to deny him – and the 21-year-old threw in an assist for good measure. That was when his pace took him away from Efe Ambrose and Pedro nipped in front of Mickael Lustig to make it 2-0 in the 40th minute.

Neymar opened his account thanks to a clever chip forward from Alexis Sánchez which Martín Montoya galloped onto and squared for the forward four minutes later. Until that point Sergio Busquets, giving his best display for months, had stood out. After the turnaround there was one name being chanted.

The moment of the match came when Xavi Hernández and Neymar exchanged passes and the Brazilian sprinted onto the return to rip open the defence and thump a left-footed shot past Forster. Nine minutes later came the treble as Neymar tricked Ambrose and drove in off Adam Matthews.

Virgil van Dijk, Celtic's best performer, and Forster combined to stem the flow but Tello, back from injury, added the sixth with a strike that deflected past the Englishman off his Dutch team-mate. Two minutes before the end Giorgios Samaras produced a small consolation with Celtic's only reply but that could not prevent the Scottish champions' heaviest-ever defeat in Europe.

Last updated: 13/12/13 0.11CET

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

celtic

Celtic

13
PintoJosé Manuel Pinto (GK)
1
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
2
MontoyaMartín Montoya
2
MatthewsAdam Matthews
Yellow Card69
Substitution82
3
PiquéGerard Piqué
Goal7
4
AmbroseEfe Ambrose
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández (C)
5
van DijkVirgil van Dijk
7
Pedro RodríguezPedro Rodríguez
Goal40
6
BitonNir Biton
Substitution69
9
Alexis SánchezAlexis Sánchez
Substitution63
8
BrownScott Brown (C)
Yellow Card40
11
NeymarNeymar
Goal44
Goal48
Goal58
Substitution81
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
Goal88
14
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
11
BoerrigterDerk Boerrigter
16
BusquetsSergio Busquets
Substitution73
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
21
AdrianoAdriano
20
PukkiTeemu Pukki
Substitution46
24
Sergi RobertoSergi Roberto
Yellow Card41
23
LustigMikael Lustig

Substitutes

25
Oier OlazábalOier Olazábal (GK)
24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
5
PuyolCarles Puyol
10
StokesAnthony Stokes
Substitution82
8
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
15
CommonsKris Commons
Substitution69
17
SongAlex Song
Substitution73
17
BaldéAmido Baldé
18
Jordi AlbaJordi Alba
21
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
Substitution46
20
TelloCristian Tello
Substitution63
Goal72
37
AtajićBahrudin Atajić
29
DongouJean Marie Dongou
Substitution81
41
FisherDarnell Fisher

Coach

Gerardo Martino (ARG) Neil Lennon (NIR)

Referee

Sergei Karasev (RUS)

Assistant referees

Tikhon Kalugin (RUS), Anton Averianov (RUS)

Fourth official

Dmitri Mosyakin (RUS)

Additional assistant referees

Maksim Layushkin (RUS), Vitali Meshkov (RUS)

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