More

    Celta Vigo 2-2 Barcelona: Aspas dents Barca’s title hopes

    Coming into the weekend, it seemed fairly obvious to the masses that Barcelona couldn’t afford to slip up against Celta Vigo. The big worry, given Vigo’s defensive record across their last few games, was that Barca would be unable to break them down at the back – but that wasn’t the story at all as a late equaliser handed the hosts a huge point against the reigning champions.

    Missed opportunity

    Barca were clearly confident as they came flying out of the blocks in this one, but it did take until the 20th minute for them to take the lead. It was veteran forward Luis Suarez who edged them ahead after a nice header following Lionel Messi’s free kick, confirming what we all knew: the little wizard is still the best player in world football.

    They carried their advantage over into the second half, but after just a few minutes, Fedor Smolov had made it 1-1 off the back of a nice pass from Okay Yokuslu. Barca ensured they didn’t wait too long before retaking the lead in the 67th minute, and it was the same combination once again as Suarez scored thanks to a Messi assist as the Argentine continues to wait for his 700th career goal.

    A big blow

    The one-goal lead was a tenuous one for Barcelona, and in the dying minutes of the game, they were made to pay for not extending their advantage as Iago Aspas’ low free-kick made it 2-2. Then, in the final seconds of the game, Nolito’s close range effort was saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen in what should’ve been the winning moment for Vigo.

    The door has now been left open for Real Madrid to go two points clear of Barcelona at the top of the La Liga table when they play Espanyol tomorrow. Barca themselves, on the other hand, don’t have long to lick their wounds as they prepare to host Atletico Madrid on Tuesday night.

    Celta Vigo, on the other hand, will continue to try and push away from the relegation battle as they travel to play Mallorca.

    NFL Betting

    Match Report

    Celta Vigo: Blanco (6), Saenz (6), Araujo (7), Aidoo (6.5), Gonzalez (6.5), Suarez (8), Yokuslu (7.5), Mendez (6.5), Vazquez (6.5), Aspas (7.5), Smolov (7), Mina (6.5), Nolito (6), Bradaric (6.5), Murillo (6.5), Rafinha (6.5)

    Barcelona: ter Stegen (6.5), Semedo (6), Pique (7), Umtiti (6), Alba (6.5), Vidal (6.5), Rakitic (7.5), Puig (6.5), Messi (9), Suarez (8.5), Fati (6.5), Firpo (6), Griezmann (6), Braithwaite (6), Arthur (6)

    Referee: Guillermo Cuadra Fernández

    Goals: Smolov, Aspas :: Suarez x2

    Yellow Cards: Araujo, Mendez, Aspas, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Braithwaite

    Red Cards: N/A

    Source link news

    Related articles

    Comments

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Betting on Soccer

    Share article

    Latest articles

    As a Newcastle United fan, a strange feeling to be inside Wembley for England 1 Croatia 0

    After writing an article about the twenty five years of hurt I’ve personally experienced as a Newcastle United and England fan (read HERE), the...

    Juve target Locatelli opens the scoring for Italy v Switzerland -Juvefc.com

    Italy have taken the lead half-way through the first-half against Switzerland thanks to Juventus target Manuel Locatelli.The Azzurri have been in fine form again...

    England man desperate to face Scotland, as Southgate offers defender hint

    England playmaker Jack Grealish is desperate to play against Scotland and prove to Europe how good he is. After years of speculation following his switch...

    Keep or sell? Have your say on Liverpool players linked with summer transfers! – Liverpool FC

    Liverpool could see a number of players exit through the Shankly Gates this summer, while others have question marks over their future. But here...
    Betting on Soccer

    Newsletter

    Subscribe to stay updated.

    Get all the Soccers update on your hand. Always touch with Soccer