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Celta Vigo 0-3 Barcelona

Alexis Sanchez of Barcelona celebrates scoring their opening goal against Celta Vigo
Alexis Sanchez of Barcelona celebrates scoring their opening goal against Celta Vigo

Cesc Fabregas inspired Barcelona to a 3-0 win over Celta Vigo to open up a four-point lead in La Liga.

Alexis Sanchez continued his fine scoring form when he tapped in the opener after nine minutes.

Barcelona went 2-0 up early in the second half when Fabregas's drive rebounded off goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez and into the net.

Fabregas completed the scoring with a clinical finish in the 54th minute.

Sanchez scored his sixth goal of the season to get the visitors up and running.

Fabregas was played through on goal by Pedro and, after his shot was beaten away by Yoel, Sanchez tapped in the rebound.

The visitors then went close on the break as Lionel Messi's shot flew across goal.

But Celta improved significantly as the half progressed and on-loan midfielder Rafinha Alcantara was inches away from equalising against his parent club in the 28th minute with a driven effort just wide.

Barca doubled their advantage in the 48th minute when Fabregas's effort from 25 yards hit the bar and rebounded into the net off Yoel in the Celta goal.

It was 3-0 six minutes later as Messi again fed Fabregas, who drilled the ball low past Yoel at his near post.

Elsewhere, Malaga ended their three-game losing streak with a 0-0 draw at Espanyol.

Malaga twice went close in a five-minute spell just before half-time when Roque Santa Cruz hit the crossbar and Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla pushed Eliseu Pereira's shot on to the post.

Espanyol striker Sergio Garcia missed a chance to snatch the win in the 86th minute as Malaga keeper Willy Caballero produced a reflex save to parry a close-range effort.

Line-ups

Celta de Vigo

  • 13Rodríguez Oterino
  • 2Mallo Novegil
  • 15AurtenetxeSubstituted forRodríguez Dovaleat 55'minutes
  • 4Oubiña
  • 22CabralBooked at 38mins
  • 3Fontás
  • 8López
  • 12RafinhaBooked at 24mins
  • 11Dias de Oliveira
  • 24FernándezBooked at 34minsSubstituted forMina Lorenzoat 59'minutes
  • 10Agudo DuránSubstituted forOrellanaat 69'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Orellana
  • 17Madinda
  • 18Rodríguez Sánchez
  • 20Rodríguez Dovale
  • 21Llorca Ripoll
  • 29Mina Lorenzo
  • 30Costas

Barcelona

  • 1Valdés
  • 22Dani Alves
  • 21AdrianoSubstituted forMontoyaat 31'minutes
  • 16Busquets
  • 15Bartra
  • 5Puyol
  • 17Song
  • 4FábregasBooked at 31minsSubstituted forIniestaat 70'minutes
  • 10Messi
  • 9SánchezSubstituted forTelloat 83'minutes
  • 7Pedro

Substitutes

  • 2Montoya
  • 6Xavi
  • 8Iniesta
  • 11Neymar
  • 13Pinto Colorado
  • 14Mascherano
  • 20Tello
Referee:
David Fernández Borbalán
Attendance:
26,636

Match Stats

Home TeamCelta de VigoAway TeamBarcelona
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home12
Away20
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home17
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Celta de Vigo 0, Barcelona 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celta de Vigo 0, Barcelona 3.
Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dani Alves.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Yoel.
Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexandre Song.
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Borja Oubiña (Celta de Vigo).
Foul by Cristian Tello (Barcelona).
Gustavo Cabral (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Cristian Tello (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lionel Messi.
Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Martín Montoya.
Attempt blocked. Santi Mina (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charles.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Cristian Tello replaces Alexis Sánchez.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Yoel.
Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Marc Bartra.
Attempt missed. Marc Bartra (Barcelona) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Martín Montoya with a cross.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Yoel.
Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sergio Busquets.
Offside, Barcelona. Víctor Valdés tries a through ball, but Pedro is caught offside.
Foul by Marc Bartra (Barcelona).
Charles (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).
Rafinha (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Celta de Vigo. Toni tries a through ball, but Fabián Orellana is caught offside.
Pedro (Barcelona) hits the bar with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Lionel Messi.
Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Toni (Celta de Vigo).
Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Martín Montoya.
Foul by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).
Rafinha (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Barcelona. Andrés Iniesta replaces Francesc Fábregas.
Pedro (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Hugo Mallo (Celta de Vigo).
Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Charles (Celta de Vigo).

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Fabián Orellana replaces Nolito.
Hand ball by Sergio Busquets (Barcelona).
Attempt blocked. Rafinha (Celta de Vigo) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Nolito (Celta de Vigo) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.
Foul by Dani Alves (Barcelona).
Nolito (Celta de Vigo) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Alexandre Song (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Toni (Celta de Vigo).
Attempt missed. Charles (Celta de Vigo) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Hugo Mallo with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Santi Mina replaces Augusto Fernández.
Corner, Barcelona. Conceded by Yoel.
Attempt saved. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Francesc Fábregas.

Substitution

Substitution, Celta de Vigo. Toni replaces Jon Aurtenetxe.
Corner, Celta de Vigo. Conceded by Sergio Busquets.

Goal!

Goal! Celta de Vigo 0, Barcelona 3. Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Lionel Messi following a fast break.
Offside, Barcelona. Francesc Fábregas tries a through ball, but Pedro is caught offside.
Dani Alves (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Nolito (Celta de Vigo).
Attempt saved. Charles (Celta de Vigo) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Augusto Fernández with a cross.

Goal!

Own Goal by Yoel, Celta de Vigo. Celta de Vigo 0, Barcelona 2.
Francesc Fábregas (Barcelona) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by Lionel Messi.
Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Charles (Celta de Vigo).

Second Half

Second Half begins Celta de Vigo 0, Barcelona 1.

Half Time

First Half ends, Celta de Vigo 0, Barcelona 1.
Attempt blocked. Lionel Messi (Barcelona) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexis Sánchez.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Barcelona1110102631
2Atl Madrid109011927
3Real Madrid10712922
4Villarreal10622920
5Ath Bilbao10613319
6Getafe10514216
7Levante10442-216
8Espanyol11434-215
9Real Sociedad10343113
10Sevilla10343013
11Valencia10415-413
12Elche10334-312
13Granada CF10325-411
14Real Valladolid10244-310
15Málaga11245-310
16Celta de Vigo11236-39
17Rayo Vallecano10307-179
18Real Betis10226-88
19Osasuna10217-87
20Almería10037-123
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