Barcelona does not enjoy playing in the Northern part of Spain and it was proved yet again in the crucial match against Celta Vigo. Even though Barca looked a tad better than their opponents, but there was a certain amount of shakiness within the team, which cost them dearly.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen arrived at Balaidos with a previous record of 10 goals conceded in 3 matches at the stadium. The German did his best to prevent history from repeating itself but the shaky Barcelona wall couldn’t keep Iago Aspas’ freekick out.

Just when Nolito looked like he would win the game for Celta in injury time, Ter Stegen leapt across his goal line to save Barcelona from defeat.

Barcelona were unlucky not have scored at the five-minute mark and a Messi corner kick met the charging forehead of Gerard Pique, only to see the ball bank hard off the crossbar.

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After another few chances to score, Suarez was able to break the deadlock by taking advantage of some poor defending from Celta. Suarez was totally unmarked.

Celta looked to respond right away and after an Aspas chance that was cleared by Jordi Alba, Okay set up Brais Mendez with a gilt-edged chance, but the shot deflected off the hand of Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and then glanced off the post.

Meanwhile, Celta looked determined enough in the second half, and Ivan Rakitic was at fault for Fyodor Smolov’s equalizer, giving the ball away in midfield when there was no pressure on him.

With a half-hour to go, Barcelona were staring at a potentially fatal drop of two points in their title race with Real and were in desperate need of a goal. Suarez would answer the call when the Blaugrana won a ball back deep in the hosts’ area, with Messi slipping a pass into the former Liverpool man, who spun and fired into the net to take the lead.

Lionel Messi did set up two goals, but he should’ve scored one of his own towards the end of the first half. He found himself in a glorious position on the edge of the box but could only guide his shot over the crossbar.


In the end, Braca did drop points and left to rue about their shakiness.

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