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  1. Messi scores either side of missed penalty by Celtic's Dembele
  2. Neymar curls in free-kick at start of second half
  3. Iniesta blasts in fourth for hosts, Messi completes hat-trick
  4. Suarez adds two more

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By Andy Burke

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Celtic's pain in Spain as Barca run riot

FT: Barcelona 7-0 Celtic

Well Celtic's joy at qualifying for the Champions League group stage was checked with a heavy dose of reality this evening. 

The Parkhead side slumped to the heaviest European defeat in their history, undone by the genius of Barcelona's deadly attacking trio.

Lionel Messi bagged three of the seven goals to become the first player in history to score six Champions League hat-tricks. Neymar provided an extraordinary four assists and helped himself to a goal as well, while Luis Suarez notched a double to compound Celtic's humilation. In amongst all that was as sublime a volleyed goal as you are likely to see from Andres Iniesta.

Things may have been different if Moussa Dembele had converted a first-half penalty with the score at 1-0, but with Barca in this form it is hard to imagine that they would not have found a way to win even if they had been pegged back at that stage.

It was simply a mesmerising display from Luis Enrique's men, who will take some stopping as they go in search of a sixth European Cup.

Celtic will look to bounce back in Champions League Group C, but things don't get much easier as it is Pep Guardiola's Manchester City next up at Celtic Park on 28 September.

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@BBCSportScot Barça will do similar to other teams including City. Shake it off Celtic. Long way to go in this group.

No harder place for Celtic than Camp Nou

FT Barcelona 7-0 Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: "These players have been brilliant. They couldn't have come to a more difficult place in world football after a highly intense game at the weekend, where they dealt with so much pressure and played so well, to have had hardly any preparation time, to come and play against the world's best at keeping the ball, it was a tough ask for them. That last 15-20 minutes probably did feel quite long."

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Celtic suffered their heaviest ever defeat in European competition against Barcelona

'Clear the heads and move on'

FT: Barcelona 7-0 Celtic

Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton is staying positive despite Celtic suffering their worst ever defeat in European competition.

One game, never was going to be easy Barca can do that to anyone! Clear the heads and move on. Massive step to get into group stage👊⚽️👍

Thousands of Celtic fans staying in ground and singing celebrating being here. Quite right. Perspective important ! Think back 5 months⚽️👊👍

Match report: Rampant Barca rout Celtic

FT: Barcelona 7-0 Celtic

Well if you can bare to read it, Tom English reports on a chastening evening for Celtic in Barcelona.

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@BBCSportScot This is how UEFA want it. TV money obliterates any prospect of even playing field. Greed will consume Champions League.

@BBCSportScot Spend £200m on better players! You just can't compete against the best with Celtics budget! Amalgamated European leagues!

@BBCSportScot nothing it is the way UEFA have planned it. Not a level playing field. Makes it very dull each year.

'We're frustrated and disappointed'

FT: Barcelona 7-0 Celtic

“Of course it’s never nice professionally when that happens. I thought in the first period of the game our set-up and organisation was good. 

"We gave away a goal very early which is certainly not what you want to do here. But I thought we came back into the game and once we actually got a bit of belief and a bit of confidence to pass the ball then we started to open up and create opportunities. 

"Obviously there’s a massive moment in the first-half. If you can score the penalty and get it to 1-1 then it can make the crowd a bit nervy, especially after the weekend loss. To then very quickly go down to 2-0 was disappointing. 

"They get the third goal and I think that combination of tiredness, mixed in with their quality and their freshness, these are top-class players. They’ve done that to much better teams than ourselves. 

"By the time the end of the game comes you are frustrated and disappointed.”

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

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The defeat to Barcelona was the heaviest loss of Brendan Rodgers' managerial career

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Alex Story in Greenock: "I know Brendan wants a keeper who can play with his feet, would rather have a keeper who can use his arms, Gordon is the better keeper." 

Jimmy, Edinburgh: "Wow! What can you do about 7 lucky goals!"

Anonymous: "Celtic made it easier for Barcelona. No fight in the team. Just watching Barcelona run past them."  

John MacLean, Cheers Bar, Aberdeen: "Scotland shamed yet again. Celtic a mid-table English Championship team at best. Where does that leave the rest of Scottish Football? Only two Scottish players in the starting line-up?" 

Nico: "Unfortunately Man City will easily do the same to Celtic. They are as good if not better than Barca!"

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@BBCSportScot Pitiful, inept, useless, disgraceful and that was just the first half. Did they have 11 men playing against Barca?

Don't think de vries has played well tonight should have done better wonder if Gordon will get called back up #celtic @BBCSportScot

What are #Celtic management going to do? We need a different strategy and wider thinking from the whole of #scottishfootball @BBCSportScot

@BBCSportScot Brendan, seriously. Have you not learnt that zonal marking is a poor way forward. Poor penalty and basics are missing

@BBCSportScot could be worse ...could be ANY other team in Scotland knowing we are miles ahead of them ALL .....

'No positives for Celtic'

FT: Barcelona 7-0 Celtic

"We were fearing the worst and hoping for the best. Unfortunately we got the worst in terms of the scoreline.

"There are not too many things or positives you can take from the Celtic performance. 

"To try and stop Barcelona is very, very difficult and they've proved once again tonight that they are a world class outfit."

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald on BBC Radio Scotland

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Could Celtic have done anything to avoid such a heavy beating? Or were Barca just simply too good?

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Celtic sunk by beautiful Barca

FT: Barcelona 7-0 Celtic

Brendan Rodgers described his old mate Luis Suarez as a "beautiful man" in the build-up to this match. Well the former Liverpool striker and his partners-in-crime Lionel Messi and Neymar gave a display of breathtaking beauty this evening.

It is the heaviest defeat of Rodgers' managerial career and the worst defeat in Celtic's European history.

However, they are not the first team to be destroyed by this Barcelona side and they certainly will not be the last.

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Luis Suarez celebrates his first goal


Barcelona 7-0 Celtic

A thrashing for Celtic. No other way to describe it.

GOAL Barcelona 7-0 Celtic

Luis Suarez

This WILL be Celtic's record European defeat.

The defence is all over the place after chasing Barca shadows for the majority of the match.

Andres Iniesta plays Lionel Messi in, he goes to the byline and cuts back for Luis Suarez to side-foot home his second and Barca's seventh.

Painful night for Brendan Rodgers and his men.


Barcelona 6-0 Celtic

Lionel Messi looks certain to bag his fourth of the night but de Vries tips his effort on to the post.

More unwanted history for Celtic

Barcelona 6-0 Celtic

Unless they can find a goal or two in these last few minutes.....

Celtic facing heaviest ever defeat in Europe! Their worst prior to this 6-1 from Barca in 2013.

Barca's history-makers

Barcelona 6-0 Celtic

A couple of notable landmarks for Barcelona's rampant superstars this evening.

Lionel Messi becomes the first man in Champions League history to score six hat-tricks in the competition.

Neymar is the first man to provide four assists in a match since Zlatan Ibrahimovic for PSG back in 2012.

Celtic hoped to make history when they qualified for the Champions League, but not like this.

A Brazilian masterclass

Barcelona 6-0 Celtic

Lionel Messi may grab the headlines tomorrow after bagging a hat-trick but Neymar has been utterly unplayable this evening.

The Brazil striker has laid on four goals this evening and scored one himself.

A masterclass.

GOAL Barcelona 6-0 Celtic

Luis Suarez

Now all of the famous attacking trio are on the score-sheet.

Neymar clips a ball into the penalty area, Suarez has his back to goal but takes a touch on his chest, swivels and smashes a finish into the roof of the net.

It is six for Barca and they may not be finished yet....

Celtic punch-drunk

Barcelona 5-0 Celtic

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland at Camp Nou

All sorts of boxing metaphors apply here. Celtic punch-drunk as Barca unload on them. Brendan Rodgers would be throwing the towel in at this point. 

It's sensational stuff from Barca. Celtic's nerves have been completely shredded. This is the 13th time that Barca have scored five, or more, since the start of last season. They got eight against Deportivo. 


Barcelona 5-0 Celtic

Nir Bitton breaks up another Barca attack and decides to have a pop at goal from the halfway line, but his effort bounces harmlessly into the hands of Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Irrepressible Messi

Barcelona 5-0 Celtic

Pat Bonner

BBC Scotland pundit at Camp Nou

"This could become quite embarrassing now. Again Celtic are giving the ball away and you just can't do that. Messi had that real desire to put the ball in the net and Celtic were just standing still."

GOAL Barcelona 5-0 Celtic

Lionel Messi (hat-trick)

This is officially a hiding now.

76 seconds after conceding the fourth Celtic concede a fifth.

Luis Suarez steals in behind the tiring defence and squares for Messi to slide in and turn the ball home to complete his hat-trick.

Celtic have another half-hour of this left......

GOAL Barcelona 4-0 Celtic

Andres Iniesta


Neymar goes to the byline and clips a cross into the box where Andres Iniesta arrives to execute a wonderful first time volley to crash the ball into the net.



Barcelona 2-0 Celtic

Scott Brown goes into the book after a petulant push on Neymar, who accepts the invitation to throw himself to the floor in rather dramatic fashion.

A bit silly all round.

Barcelona 3-0 Celtic

It is a damage limitation job for Celtic now.

Moussa Dembele was the hero against Rangers at the weekend, bagging a hat-trick in a 5-1 win.

It's a different story for the striker this evening though. He's cut an isolated figure up front, and when his one big chance came along he missed from the penalty spot with the score at 1-0.

Tough shift for the Frenchman but he continues to battle manfully.

GOAL Barcelona 3-0 Celtic


No way back now for Celtic.

Neymar and Messi stand over a free-kick 20 yards out directly in front of goal. You expect Messi to have a pop as he chases a hat-trick but it's Neymar who steps up to curl the ball over the wall and high into the net.

It's an excellent free-kick but Dorus de Vries - who got a hand to it - may feel he should have kept it out.


Barcelona 2-0 Celtic

Barcelona get us back underway at Camp Nou.

Celtic fans, more bad news I'm afraid. 

Andres Iniesta is off the bench and into the action.He replaces Ivan Rakitic.

HT: Barcelona 2-0 Celtic

@BBCSportScot @BBCAndyBurke never seen a more one sided half, ten man defence ripped to shreds time and time again. Training game for fun!

Celtic's lost chance

Barcelona 2-0 Celtic

Moussa Dembele is brought down to win a penalty for Celtic, but the Frenchman's subsequent spot kick was saved
Moussa Dembele is brought down to win a penalty for Celtic, but the Frenchman's subsequent spot kick was saved

This is art

Barcelona 2-0 Celtic

Tom English

BBC Sport Scotland at Camp Nou

"This is just gorgeous football. I don't want to get too pompous about it but it is art. Two goals from Messi, two assists from Neymar. Their speed of thought is just incredible. It's a different level of football. If Celtic can hang on and keep it at 2-0 that is a good night's work."

Caught in the headlights

Barcelona 2-0 Celtic

Scott McDonald

BBC Scotland pundit

"Brendan Rodgers would have been saying to keep things tight and grow in to the game and within three minutes they've scored. He will be pulling his hair out. It was almost like a rabbit in the headlights. Scott Sinclair has been the shining light for Celtic. [On Dembele penalty miss] As soon as you miss a the Nou Camp...1-0 down, it's bound to deflate you."

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@BBCSportScot @BBCAndyBurke eh, no. Barca are different class. Celtic fans are under no illusions...

Messi doesn't miss from there

Barcelona 2-0 Celtic

Neymar combines with Messi and it is the little Argentinian striker who pokes the ball into the Celtic net for his second goal of the night
Neymar combines with Messi and it is the little Argentinian striker who pokes the ball into the Celtic net for his second goal of the night


Barcelona 2-0 Celtic

Barcelona 2-0 Celtic

Messi is on a hat-trick and he is presented with a chance to seal it as Neymar pulls the ball back from the touchline to the edge of the area where the Argentine is lurking, but he can't keep his effort down.

Dembele's unconvincing penalty kick

Barcelona 2-0 Celtic

Moussa Dembele's penalty kick from a short run-up is saved by Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Moussa Dembele's penalty was saved
This is what it feels like to miss a penalty against Barcelona
This is what it feels like to miss a penalty against Barcelona


Scott Sinclair

Kieran Tierney slips as he shoots and the ball falls to Scott Sinclair. He tucks the ball away but was quite clearly in an offside position and the flag goes up.

Messi's magic touch

Barcelona 2-0 Celtic

Lionel Messi moves off to celebrate his 3rd-minute goal for Barca
Lionel Messi (second left) moves off to celebrate his 3rd-minute goal for Barca. It was the Argentina star's first touch of the ball

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Nico: "Nothing annoys me more than when a guy takes one step back from the ball at a penalty! It very seldom pays off especially in Camp Nou!"

Margaret, Aberdeen: "Celtic are struggling. This could be a big score against. No surprise."