Barcelona continued their Champions League, beating Celtic 1-0 at Celtic Park last night thanks to a Cesc Fabregas goal 15 minutes from time.
The Spanish side dominated pretty much from the first minute, and had 82% of the possession as well as 13 shots at goal.
Celtic found themselves a man light when Scott Brown was shown a straight red for kicking out at Brazilian superstar Neymar on 59 minutes. The Scots felt hard done by, but can’t really blame the referee for either the sending off nor losing the match.
Celtic have only lost once at home in the group stages of the Champions League before, and this was against Barcelona 9 years back, way back in 2004!
Messi was missing from last night’s match, but Barca kept probing and probing until they found the breakthrough. However, it took until the 45th minutes for them to actually for a save out out Celtic keeper Forster, when he tipped a free kick from Xavi out for a corner. The visitors continued to threaten, spreading passes left right and centre but finding the Celtic penalty area frigid.
In a truly magnificent display of Scottish defending, Barcelona were forced to try from distance, but largely these attempts went wide or were comfortably saved.
Neil Lennon can be very proud of his players, as they put in a stoic performance to keep out the Spanish giants for as long as they did. Unfortunately, they could not recreate their famous 2-1 victory against them last year, but against weaker opposition they might have been able to get something out of the match.