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Match Analysis: Barcelona 2-1 Celtic

Match Analysis: Barca 2-1 Celtic
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Sports Mole casts its eye over Barcelona's last-gasp Champions League victory over Celtic.

A last-gasp Jordi Alba tap-in broke Celtic hearts at the Camp Nou this evening.

The Scottish champions took an early lead through a combination of Georgios Samaras and Javier Mascherano before Andres Iniesta squeezed in an equaliser just before half-time.

Celtic held out for 48 minutes before Alba's winner in the 94th minute.

Match statistics:

Barca:
Shots 26
On target 16
Possession 78%
Corners 15
Fouls 9

Celtic:
Shots 4
On target 2
Possession 22%
Corners 1
Fouls 10

Was the result fair?

As Barcelona had so much possession and were knocking on the door for much of the game, you'd have to say yes. However, Celtic entered the match as rank outsiders and almost nicked an epic point.

Barca's performance

Average by their own very high standards. Lionel Messi in particular was kept quiet by Vincent Wanyama especially. Iniesta ran the show for the hosts but they created no more than five real, clear-cut openings for the 2011 champions.

Celtic's performance

One to be proud of. The Bhoys' pressing was a constant thorn in the side of the tiki-taka style of Barca but they were undone by some slack back-post defending right at the death. Going forward they rarely troubled the hosts' backline and Victor Valdes barely had a save to make.

Sports Mole's man of the match

Vincent Wanyama: The Celtic defensive midfielder put in a trojan, combative performance and if Celtic had held on then he would have been one of the main reasons.

Biggest gaffe of the match

No real gaffes to speak of but it's going to Javier Mascherano for his part in Georgios Samaras's goal. The wee Argentinian perhaps could have done more to stop the ball diverting past Valdes.

Referee performance

Gianluca Rocchi had very few contentious decisions to deal with and rightly booked Mascherano for a cynical tackle on James Forrest.

What next?

Barca: Barca next go to Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday evening.

Celtic: Next up for the Scottish leaders is a visit from Kilmarnock in the SPL.

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2Real Madrid4310113810
3Celta Vigo42117527
4Espanyol42115327
5Getafe42114227
6GironaGirona421156-17
7AlavesAlaves421134-17
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10Real Betis412113-25
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13Real Sociedad411267-14
14Villarreal411223-14
15EibarEibar411246-24
16Huesca4112612-64
17Valencia403135-23
18Rayo Vallecano310225-33
19Real Valladolid402202-22
20Leganes401349-51

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