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Barcelona v Celta de Vigo Live Commentary, 09/10/2022

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With the victory secured, Barcelona move top of La Liga ahead of rivals Real Madrid. They will host Inter in the Champions League next, where they'll hope to get revenge after their 1-0 loss to the Italian side last week before heading to the Santiago Bernabeu to take on Madrid in the much anticipated El Clasico. Celta Vigo, who now sit in 11th, don't have European football to worry about this season. Their focus will be on sixth placed Real Sociedad up next.
It wasn't pretty at times from Barcelona, but they managed to get the job done, and nab the three points. The difference between the two sides was Pedri's goal in the 17th minute, an easy one after Nunez fumbled a clearance away from goal. Celta Vigo attempted to respond, and had good spells in both halves of the match, but they couldn't hold on to the ball for long to get a rhythm going.
A. Marchesín
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
90' + 7' Yellow Card Agustín Federico Marchesín
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: BARCELONA 1-0 CELTA VIGO
90' + 4' It's getting scrappy here as Celta look for an equaliser. Perez takes a shot from just outside the box, but Ter Stegen tips it over.
Óscar Mingueza
Hugo Mallo
Celta de Vigo
90' + 3' Mallo comes off for Mingueza.
90' We are getting six minutes of added time here at Camp Nou.
Eric García
Jordi Alba
Barcelona
85' Alba comes off for Garcia.
Sergio Busquets
Yellow Card
Barcelona
85' Busquets gets booked for very clearly pinning back the arms of Paciencia.
84' TWO BIG CHANCES FOR THE VISITORS! Beltran's shot is blocked and goes out for a corner. From the corner routine, Celta get the ball to Mallo whose shot is inched wide off the far post. He certainly had Ter Stegen beat!
84' Ter Stegen makes a big save from Aspas' shot, with the striker through on goal!
Gonçalo Paciência
F. Cervi
Celta de Vigo
84' Paciencia comes on for Cervi.
82' Barcelona appeal for a penalty once again, as the ball comes off Mallo's arm, but the referee seems to think that it was in a natural position.
81' Despite Celta's efforts late in the first half, and some good play in the second 45 minutes, they have had zero shots on target compared to Barca's four.
Sergi Roberto
Alejandro Balde
Barcelona
77' Another chance for Barca as Balde makes way for Roberto.
A. Solari
Gabri Veiga
Celta de Vigo
75' Veiga also comes off for Solari.
Carles Pérez
J. Strand Larsen
Celta de Vigo
75' First changes for Celta as Larsen comes off for Perez.
Jordi Alba
Yellow Card
Barcelona
71' Alba also gets booked after trying to pick a fight with Oscar.
Óscar Rodríguez
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
71' Oscar gets booked for arguing with the referee.
J. Aidoo
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
70' Aidoo is booked for a foul on Gavi.
69' CELTA THINK THEY HAVE SCORED A GOAL! But it's offside! Still, Barca need to wake up if they want to keep this lead. Celta catch the hosts extremely out of position. Aspas hits the post, and the ball gets to Larsen who heads it into the back of the net. They celebrate only for a few seconds, as the run was poorly timed, and well offside.
66' Celta win a free-kick in a pretty dangerous area after Pique fouls Larsen, but Rodriguez wastes the opportunity by skying the shot into the top rows of the Camp Nou.
O. Dembélé
Raphinha
Barcelona
63' Dembele will also come on for Raphinha.
F. de Jong
Pedri
Barcelona
63' Goalscorer Pedri makes way for De Jong.
Ansu Fati
Ferran Torres
Barcelona
63' Xavi makes a triple change to liven things up for the home side. First up, Torres comes off for Fati.
Unai Núñez
Yellow Card
Celta de Vigo
61' Nunez gets a yellow for pulling the back of Pedri's shirt.
59' Cervi receives the ball with a fantastic touch to bring the ball down, but then he completely scuffs the cross he tries to make.
54' From a corner, there is a slight scramble in the box as Barcelona get a couple of shots in. None of them would have counted anyway, as Torres was offside for the initial shot. On the final chance, which Marchesin tipped over the bar, he goes down having fallen on his arm when he made the save. He talks to medical staff, and he's soon back on his feet.
52' Ter Stegen seems to be all right, and will continue to play for now.
51' A few minutes ago, Ter Stegen attempted to punch the ball away at an awkward angle, and now he's getting treatment on his lower back.
50' Barcelona are the only team that have not conceded first in LaLiga this season and have won all six games in which they have scored the first goal, while Celta have conceded the first goal of the game on three occasions, losing each time.
46' We are back for the second half!
As it stands, Barcelona are top of La Liga with 22 points. Real Madrid also sit with 22 points, but have a goal difference of 12 compared to Barca's 19. Celta are in 11th place with 10 points, two ahead of Mallorca.
Barcelona were in complete control in the opening 20 minutes, with attack after attack coming in. The deadlock was broken after a poor clearance from Nunez, giving Pedri the perfect opportunity to score from close range. However, after the half-hour mark, Celta started to gain more confidence going forward, with their best chance of the half coming through a Larsen header that was wide. Barcelona had a penalty shout in the 40th minute, but the referee felt that Raphinha made the most out of the challenge.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: BARCELONA 1-0 CELTA VIGO
45' + 1' Celta mount one final attack, but the final header goes wide.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
40' Tensions rising here! Raphinha attempts to dribble around Galan, but the defender sticks his whole body in front of him. Barca want a penalty, and the whistles are loud from the crowd as the referee doesn't point to the spot. He points to his earpiece when the Barcelona players complain, seemingly saying that VAR has cleared the foul.
38' Celta have had a much better spell in the past eight minutes, with a few half-chances. They have yet to truly test Ter Stegen though.
33' CHANCE FOR CELTA! With the way things are going, they aren't going to get many more of those chances. They counter, and Larsen gets the opportunity to shoot, but he hammers it wide. So close!
30' Celta can barely get out of their own half. They will want half-time to regroup. It is assistant boss Ariel Broggi on the touchline tonight, as head coach Eduardo Coudet is in Argentina for personal issues.
28' Barcelona have won their last six LaLiga games, keeping a clean sheet in the last five – they haven't gone six games without conceding in the competition since May 2015 (W6).
23' Alba takes a shot after some good passing between the lines for Barca, but it hits the side netting. He complains that he was pulled back in the box, but the referee is not interested.
Pedri
Goal
Barcelona
17' GOOOOOAAAAAALLLLLL!!! You certainly can say that it has been coming. A cross comes in from Gavi, who times his run perfectly to ensure that he was onside. Nunez attempts to clear it, but it only goes straight up. The ball comes right back down to Pedri, who fires it home from very close range.
14' ANOTHER BIG CHANCE FOR BARCA! The hosts are all over Celta at the moment. Busquets gets the ball to the feet of Torres who takes a shot from the left side of the box. Marchesin makes the save, and the rebound flies towards Raphinha, but with two defenders on his tail, it's difficult for him to get the chance to shoot.
11' BARCA CHANCE! Lewandowski rises above the defenders and heads the ball towards the net, but it's saved.
10' BIG SAVE! Wow, what a shot! From a set-piece, Alba opts to pass it to Raphinha, who is in acres of space, rather than get it into the box. The winger shoots, and it's on target, but Marchesin's outstretched arm makes the save.
7' Chance for Barcelona! The ball flashes across the face of goal with a cross in from Alba, but Torres scuffs the shot. The ball rolls to Raphinha, but he can't poke it home either.
6' Good attempt from Barca as a cross looks for Raphinha, but Galan gets a head on it and concedes the corner.
3' Some good build-up play from Barcelona in the opening minutes, but Celta's 4-4-2 shape will be hard to break down.
1' The referee has blown his whistle, and we are off!
The teams are out, and we will be under way momentarily.
Barcelona have only won four of their last 10 meetings with Celta in LaLiga (D4 L2) but can win two in a row against the Galicians for the first time in the competition since March 2014 (also two).
Franco Cervi is missing for Celta Viga tonight due to a suspension. Aspas starts up top alongside Larsen after starting on the bench in his side's victory over Real Betis.
Pique replaces Andreas Christensen in the starting XI, while De Jong, who comes back from injury this week, only makes the bench. Raphinha and Torres start ahead of Dembele and Fati.
SUBS: Oscar Mingueza, Carles Perez, Goncalo Paciência, Ivan Villar, Renato Tapia, Williot Swedberg, Kevin Vazquez, Augusto Solari, Luca de la Torre, Carlos Dominguez.
CELTA VIGO (4-4-2): AgustIn MarchesIn; Hugo Mallo, Unai Nunez, Joseph Aidoo, Javi Galan; Gabri Veiga, Franco Cervi, Fran Beltran, Oscar; Jorgen Strand Larsen, Iago Aspas.
SUBS: Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie de Jong, Eric Garcia, Inaki Pena, Marc Casado, Pablo Torre, Chadi Riad, Arnau Tenas.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Alejandro Balde, Gerard Pique, Marcos Alonso, Jordi Alba; Gavi, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, Ferran Torres.
Barcelona are hoping to forget their Champions League loss against Inter and make it seven La Liga wins in a row as they continue their title challenge. Celta, on the other hand, were in poor form prior to the international break, but most recently recorded a 1-0 victory over Real Betis last weekend.
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