Iago Aspas and Thomas Vermaelen at Celta – Barça.
Barcelona maintains without any blemish its road map to the league title . Nothing alters its impeccable course. Not the casualties of Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitic and Piqué. Neither the substitution of Messi, Luis Suárez, Alba and Umtiti. He remains unbeaten, despite suffering a world in Balaídos, a habitual pain in recent seasons.
The rhythm of the start was fast . Coutinho led the B version of Barcelona with his speed and dribbling, associating with Denis Suárez and Dembélé, who squandered the first chances. It did not scare Celta. It fulfilled the script that Unzué usually designs: high pressure, fast exit of the ball.
The young Brais seized of the celestial chevrons from the center of the field. And he, with the omnipresent Aspas, was the compass for his team to go for the goal. First with a Brais-Aspas-Maxi Gómez triangulation, that the Uruguayan striker did not finish in the hand against Ter Stegen; then with a good center from Sisto that Wass did not reach inside the area; a little later, a great counterattack led by Aspas that was not crowned by Brais, misguided in a comfortable throw.
Barcelona attended with amazement the Galician thrust. He reacted timidly, although with danger, with a header to the post of Paulinho to the exit of a corner. Then, his mission was again to withstand the celestial harassment, either with the anticipation of Yerry Mina to avoid a Maxi Gomez auction, or with a colossal parachute from Ter Stegen to a release of Brais Méndez.
Celta dominated with order, with soccer hierarchy, but paid with an excessive price their first defensive error . Barcelona caught a bad horizontal pass from Jonny in midfield. The recovery kicked off a counterattack that ended Dembélé with a goal.
The penalty was big for Celta. But it was redone. And Jonny corrected his previous mistake. He anticipated André Gómes in the center of the field and successfully accompanied the goal line with a counterattack by Aspas and Maxi Gómez. Jonny ran forty meters and scored inside the small area.
The second half kept the intensity. The script was similar. The Celta pardoned: a pass from Brais placed Jozabed only against Ter Stegen, who avoided the goal. Valverde got Messi. And shortly after the goal came with a quick action, a good combination of equipment that ended with a Semedo center that Paulinho finished from the small area and grazed very lightly Paco Alcácer on the goal line.
The Barcelona goal once again stimulated Celta once again capable of dominating the game, of locking up Barcelona, of creating endless opportunities; a shot from Aspas, another from Maxi Gómez, one from Emre Mor, another from Radoja. Barcelona survived, who defended with one player less the last twenty minutes by expulsion of Sergi Roberto, who had to imprison Iago Aspas on the edge of the area to stop a counter.
Celta managed the equalizer goal near the end . It marked Aspas: Ter Stegen cleared a center of Emre Mor and Aspas picked up the rejection first with the chest, later with an arm. It was the reward for a huge game of Celta, especially Aspas, his star, who did not give up until the final whistle, because he put a ball of gold to Boyé so that he would touch the winning goal at the last minute. 19659012] – Technical data:
2. RC Celta de Vigo: Sergio; Wass, Sergi Gómez, Roncaglia, Jonny; Lobotka, Jozabed (Radoja, min 73), Brais (Boyé, min 83); Sisto (Emre Mor, min 79), Maxi Gómez, Aspas
2. FC Barcelona: Stegen; Semedo, Yerry Mina, Vermaelen, Digne; Paulinho, André Gomes (Sergi Roberto, min 60); Denis Suárez; Dembélé (A. Vidal, min 77), Coutinho (Messi, min 60); Alcácer
Goals: 0-1 Dembele, min. 36; 1-1 Jonny, min. 44; 1-2 Alcácer, min. 62; 2-2 Aspas, min. 82
Referee: Fernández Borbalán (Andalusian school). He admonished Aspas, Wass and Jonny on behalf of Celta; ejected with red Sergi Roberto (min 71)
Incidents: match corresponding to the thirty-third day of the Santander League played before 20347 spectators at the Balaídos municipal stadium.