Celtic had captain Scott Brown sent off as Barcelona avenged last season's defeat in Glasgow with a narrow Champions League Group H victory.

Cesc Fabregas was the match-winner, heading in with 15 minutes left.

The breakthrough for the Catalans only arrived after Brown had been shown a straight red card for kicking out at Barcelona forward Neymar.

Brown flailed a foot that caught the Brazilian on the arm and, despite Celtic protestations, he was dismissed.

Barca's victory may well have come regardless of Brown's dismissal, with the Spanish champions enjoying 82% of possession, and the hosts forced to survive a sustained period of pressure.

It was only Celtic's second home defeat in the group stage of the Champions League, the first also against Barcelona, in 2004.

Scott Brown is sent off

Celtic players protested at the decision to send off Brown on 59 minutes

And it comes a year on from their famous victory against the same opponents last season, when Tony Watt hit a late winner for Neil Lennon's men.

Celtic's sense of injustice over the red card would scarcely have been diminished by Neymar's part in the winning goal.

He picked the ball up in space, deep in home territory, spun and fed Alexis, whose perfect cross was headed back across Fraser Forster by Fabregas and into the net.

Few of the 60,000 supporters inside Celtic Park would have begrudged the visitors the lead had it come before the game took that ugly turn but, as it was, it was greeted with rancour.

What was all the more galling for the home fans was that it came just minutes after Victor Valdes had pulled off the save of the match to keep out a fierce effort from substitute James Forrest, with Charlie Mulgrew heading narrowly wide from the resulting corner.

Scott Brown is sent off

Neymar tumbled to the ground under a challenge from the Celtic skipper

It had taken until the stroke of half-time for Barcelona - missing the talismanic Lionel Messi - to force a save from Forster.

The goalkeeper on that occasion pushed a Xavi free-kick away for a corner, but until then the protection offered to him by his team-mates had been absolute.

In the face of relentless Barca probing, the back four and the four in front of them stood firm as the visitors passed their way to the edge of the Celtic penalty area, only to find it largely impenetrable.

That led them to try their luck from further out, but first Neymar dragged a shot wide after dancing his way in from the left wing and then the magical Andres Iniesta sold Mulgrew an outrageous dummy but blasted off target.

Forster would have struggled to reach Neymar's deft redirecting of a Dani Alves cross, but happily for the keeper it spun outside the post as he sprawled to his left.

Then came the game's turning point, when Brown was shown a straight red card, and Barcelona took full advantage.

The scoreline might have been even greater but for Forster, who brilliantly denied Neymar twice in the closing minutes.

And while Celtic can be proud of a gallant performance, there was to be no repeat of last year's astounding 2-1 home win as they suffered their second defeat in as many Champions League matches this season.

Lineup, Bookings (7) & Substitutions (6)

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 04 Ambrose
  • 03 Izaguirre Booked
  • 05 van Dijk
  • 23 Lustig Booked (Forrest - 70' )
  • 21 Mulgrew
  • 02 Matthews
  • 08 Brown Dismissed
  • 15 Commons (Pukki - 86' )
  • 09 Samaras Booked
  • 10 Stokes (Kayal - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 18 Rogic
  • 49 Forrest
  • 20 Pukki
  • 33 Kayal
  • 17 Baldé
  • 24 Zaluska
  • 06 Biton

Barcelona

  • 01 Valdés
  • 22 Dani Alves
  • 15 Bartra
  • 21 Adriano
  • 03 Piqué
  • 08 Iniesta (Song - 89' )
  • 16 Busquets Booked
  • 06 Xavi
  • 11 Neymar
  • 04 Fábregas Booked (Tello - 78' )
  • 07 Pedro (Sánchez - 74' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 09 Sánchez
  • 17 Song
  • 12 dos Santos
  • 13 Pinto Colorado
  • 20 Tello
  • 24 Sergi
  • 02 Montoya
Ref: Stéphane Lannoy

Match Stats

Shots

5 13

On target

2 5

Corners

2 6

Fouls

18 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Celtic 0, Barcelona 1.

90:00 +4:22 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Celtic 0, Barcelona 1.

90:00 +4:02

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

90:00 +4:02

Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:19

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:19

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

90:00 +2:19

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:19

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

90:00 +1:40

Offside, Celtic. Charlie Mulgrew tries a through ball, but James Forrest is caught offside.

90:00 +1:02

Hand ball by Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona).

90:00 +0:35

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a through ball.

89:25 Booking

Booking Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:19

Foul by Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona).

89:19

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Alexandre Song replaces Andrés Iniesta.

88:16

Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

88:16

Foul by Beram Kayal (Celtic).

86:57

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

86:56

Attempt saved. Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) left footed shot from very close range is saved in the bottom left corner.

86:54

Attempt saved. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

85:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Teemu Pukki replaces Kris Commons.

84:53 Booking

Booking Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:48

Marc Bartra (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:48

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

82:42

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Adam Matthews.

77:52

Offside, Barcelona. Xavi tries a through ball, but Cristian Tello is caught offside.

77:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Cristian Tello replaces Francesc Fábregas.

76:52

Hand ball by Beram Kayal (Celtic).

76:04 Booking

Booking Georgios Samaras (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:01

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:01

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

74:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 0, Barcelona 1. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez with a cross.

74:41

Marc Bartra (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:41

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

74:10 Booking

Booking Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

74:07

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

74:07

Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

73:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barcelona. Alexis Sánchez replaces Pedro.

73:10

Attempt missed. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Kris Commons with a cross following a corner.

72:45

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Víctor Valdés.

72:43

Attempt saved. James Forrest (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner.

71:08

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Xavi.

69:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Beram Kayal replaces Anthony Stokes.

69:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Mikael Lustig.

68:29

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

68:29

Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:42

Attempt saved. Marc Bartra (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta.

64:13

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:13

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

61:54

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

61:54

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

61:16

Offside, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta tries a through ball, but Dani Alves is caught offside.

60:49

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:49

Foul by Kris Commons (Celtic).

59:58

Hand ball by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

58:12 Dismissal

Dismissal Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the red card for fighting.

57:52

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:52

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

55:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

55:18

Delay in match Dani Alves (Barcelona) because of an injury.

54:22 Booking

Booking Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:12

Foul by Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona).

54:12

Anthony Stokes (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:07

Attempt blocked. Xavi (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:39

Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:39

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

52:06

Attempt missed. Scott Brown (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mikael Lustig with a headed pass.

51:24

Foul by Neymar (Barcelona).

51:24

Adam Matthews (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:59

Offside, Celtic. Mikael Lustig tries a through ball, but Adam Matthews is caught offside.

48:27

Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).

48:27

Anthony Stokes (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:12

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:12

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic).

45:00

Second Half begins Celtic 0, Barcelona 0.

45:00 +0:01 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Celtic 0, Barcelona 0.

44:32

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

43:48 Booking

Booking Mikael Lustig (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:26

Neymar (Barcelona) wins a free kick on the left wing.

43:26

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

40:00

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Dani Alves with a cross.

37:32

Offside, Barcelona. Gerard Piqué tries a through ball, but Neymar is caught offside.

25:11

Attempt missed. Adriano (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Neymar with a through ball.

23:12

Adriano (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:12

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

22:11

Offside, Barcelona. Dani Alves tries a through ball, but Andrés Iniesta is caught offside.

18:24

Attempt missed. Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Adriano.

17:37

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:37

Foul by Efe Ambrose (Celtic).

16:38

Attempt missed. Neymar (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta.

16:21

Attempt missed. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dani Alves.

14:08

Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:08

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

13:14

Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).

13:14

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:37

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

8:49

Offside, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta tries a through ball, but Dani Alves is caught offside.

8:12

Attempt blocked. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mikael Lustig.

5:35

Víctor Valdés (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:35

Foul by Anthony Stokes (Celtic).

4:44

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Víctor Valdés.

4:43

Attempt saved. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Anthony Stokes with a through ball.

3:59

Attempt missed. Dani Alves (Barcelona) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

3:36

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

2:04

Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Efe Ambrose.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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