We don’t know why Cesc’s goal was attributed to the keeper as an own goal as it looked like he couldn’t do much about the powerful strike from the Barca midfielder. Video footage suggests that it hit his back and went in.
Fabregas got himself into hot water too after receiving whistles from the crowd who interpreted Cesc’s celebrations after the goal as a provocation. The player later confirmed after the game that he didn’t mean to provoke the crowd.
Alexis Sánchez continues his fine form as he snatched the first goal just after 8 minutes following up in the box after a rebound.
In the 48th minute, it was the turn of Cesc to fire at the Celta keeper who appeared to knock the ball into his own net. That made it 2 nothing and although Martino´s experimental side weren’t really dominating, they were pretty effective.
Fabregas then made it 3 nothing in the 58th minute with a nice ball from Messi in the middle of the pitch. The Argentine let loose Fabregas on his left who produced a clinical shot to sentence the game and bring the points back to Catalonia.
Luis Enrique’s Celta had the Catalans on the ropes for some of the first half but failed to capitalise on it. After the break, Barcelona reacted to their first half sins and went into overdrive to seal the 3 points.
But if it wasn´t for the Celta keeper Yoel, the score could have been a lot higher. Messi didn’t manage to get a goal last night precisely because of Yoel.
Neymar, Xavi and Iniesta were rested and Martino experimented in the midfield by pairing up Song and Busquets. The gamble paid off and the Catalans went home with 3 points.Before the break, Adriano had to come off with muscle problems.
With five changes respecting the win over Real Madrid at the weekend, maybe Martino is thinking about the derby game and the Champions League.