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Barcelona 6 - Celtic 1

Nou Camp

Wed 11th Dec 7.45pm

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Celtic hit for six

Brazilian playmaker Neymar struck a hat-trick as Celtic suffered their joint-heaviest European defeat with a 6-1 hammering at Barcelona.

Gerard Pique opened their account on seven minutes before Pedro and Neymar increased that advantage just ahead of the break.

Neymar then added two more to complete his hat-trick early in the second-half, and Cristian Tello made it six before Georgios Samaras headed the visitors a late consolation.

Celtic were already confirmed as finishing bottom of the group while their opponents needed just a single-point to be guaranteed winners of the section.

Barca wasted little time in exerting their authority and Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster initially thwarted Alexis Sanchez's deflected effort, only for centre-back Pique to knock in the rebound.

To their credit the visitors managed to deprive the mighty Catalans any further reward until on 39 minutes, Neymar set-up Pedro for a second.

Five minutes later and following some trademark delightful approach play, Sanchez chipped forward and Martin Montoya allowed Neymar to slot in number three.

More brilliant work early in the second period witnessed Neymar exchanging passes with Xavi and curling into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Forster denied Xavi from a free-kick but was beaten again as Neymar claimed his hat-trick when outfoxing Efe Ambrose and the attempts of the recalled Adam Matthews on the line.

The Brazilian went close to a couple more as the valiant Forster worked to keep the scoreline down, although it was Tello's deflected strike bringing up the half-dozen until Samaras headed a late consolation from substitute Kris Commons' 88th minute free-kick.

Barcelona: Pinto Colorado, Montoya, Adriano, Busquets (Song 73), Piqué, Mascherano, Xavi, Sergi, Neymar (Dongou 81), Sánchez (Tello 63), Pedro

subs (unused): Puyol, Iniesta, Alba, Olazábal Paredes

Goals: Piqué (7), Pedro (39), Neymar (44, 48, 58), Tello (72)

Celtic: Forster, Lustig, Ambrose, van Dijk, Matthews (Stokes 82), Brown, Biton (Commons 69), Ledley, Boerrigter, Pukki (Mulgrew 45), Samaras

subs (unused): Baldé, Atajic, Fisher, Zaluska

Goals: Samaras (88)

Ref: S. Karasev

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Date:Wednesday December 11 2013

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We all knew this was on the cards. How can we compete with this? We are a shadow of last season's team and about to become weaker.
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