Jonny (45),I Aspas (82)
O Dembélé (36),P Alcácer (64),S Roberto ( 71)
Celta Vigo vs Barcelona
Spanish La Liga
8:00pm Tuesday 17th April
WATCH: MATCH HIGHLIGHTS
CELTA VIGO 2-2 BARCELONA
A superbly entertaining game at the Balaidos, although certainly not the best performance of the season from Barcelona, but they hold on for the draw.
Dembele netted his first La Liga goal for the club before having it cancelled out by Jonny on the stroke of half-time.
Messi was introduced on the hour mark, and Barcelona retook the lead in the 64th minute through Paulinho but were reduced to ten men not long after as Roberto was given his marching orders after also coming on as a substitute.
But Celta set up a nervy finish as Aspas bundled home from close range in the 82nd minute, but Barcelona held on to keep their unbeaten run intact.
90+3: Boos from around the ground now as Mina goes down after catching a knee in the face ahead of a Celta corner, but Barcelona manage to clear.
90: CLOSE!! Huge, huge miss for Celta who should really have been scoring there.
Boye had the offside trap beaten, played through by Aspas, and he only has Ter Stegen to beat. The German is well off his line to get down low as Boye slips while he shoots, but Digne is there to make the block before clearing.
A huge moment gone begging for the hosts!
Three minutes added on...
88: Another yellow card, this time for Jonny after a hefty collision with Vidal. He will miss the next match for Celta against Valencia on Saturday.
87: It is all Celta now, as you would imagine, but Barcelona are awarded a free kick as Messi is fouled by Jonny.
85: A final change for Celta as Mendez is replaced by Boye.
GOAL! CELTA VIGO 2-2 BARCELONA (Aspas, 82)
Not a great clearance from Ter Stegen - his first mistake this evening - and it allows Celta to equalise although again, they do deserve it!
Mor whips in a great cross from the left flank which the goalkeeper is out to push away, but it only lands onto the body of Aspas who is attacking the near post and it rebounds off him and into the back of the net.
A big test for Barcelona now, who are down to ten men.
CELTA VIGO 1-2 BARCELONA
81: Efforts coming all the time for Celta Vigo now, as Radoja is the man to have a shot but it is straight into the hands of Ter Stegen.
80: CLOSE! Nearly an instant impact from Mor as Aspas dinks a ball into his path down the left of the box, but the former puts too much power on the shot and smashes into the side of the net.
He could have slotted that home at the back post, but he went for the smasher.
79: Another change, this time for Celta, as Sisto is replaced by Mor.
78: Free kick for Barcelona as Wass clatters into Digne, with the Celta defender getting a yellow card for his troubles.
77: A final Barcelona change as Dembele is replaced by Vidal.
No Luis Suarez tonight, then.
75: Free kick for Celta over on the right flank after Digne is penalised for handball.
They try and take it quickly, but the referee pulls the play back so he can draw his foam lines. When it is taken for the second time, Barcelona manage to clear.
WATCH: BARCA RE-TAKE THE LEAD
73: A first change for Celta as Jozabed is replaced by Radoja.
72: CLOSE! Nearly a second for Celta in the aftermath as Aspas whips a fine free kick towards goal, but it goes just wide of the post.
71: RED CARD BARCELONA! That is a clear as day red card and an 11 minute cameo from Sergi Roberto, who grabs Aspas around the shoulders as the Celta man raced through on goal.
It's denying a clear goal scoring opportunity, and an instant sending off - the first for Barcelona in La Liga this season.
69: The first shot from Messi it a bit of a wild one, as he scoops the ball over a sea of light blue shirts around him, but it goes wide of the post.
67: A good effort from Aspas in reply to going behind, but he whips a powerful shot from the top of the box past the post.
GOAL! CELTA VIGO 1-2 BARCELONA (Paulinho, 64)
And there's the second goal for Barcelona, who have looked a lot brighter since Messi came on even if only for a few minutes!
Dembele and Semedo play a great give and go before the latter gets away down the left flank, cutting a superb ball across the face of goal and Paulinho is there this time to tap home.
Alcacer is there at the back post, sliding towards the ball in case it needs a guiding hand, but it isn't needed and Paulinho should take the plaudits for that one.
CELTA VIGO 1-1 BARCELONA
63: Messi makes an instant impact as he plays some lovely one pass football with Paulinho before picking out Digne on the left of the area.
But the latter's cross is poor for the waiting Paulinho, and Alvarez collects.
61: A half decent shot from Dembele as he tries his luck from the top of the area, but it is straight into the hands of Alvarez.
60: Here comes the cavalry, Messi is being introduced for Coutinho while Roberto also comes on for Gomes.
58: An interesting call from Alvarez there as he comes way out of his box and onto the left flank to try and close down Alcacer.
But Barcelona nearly get themselves through as the goalkeeper stays out of his area, but Celta do well to regroup and cover the open goal.
CELTA VIGO 1-1 BARCELONA
56: Some harsh words there from Aspas for Mina as he tussle with the defender on the baseline, with the latter ending up clutching his leg on the floor.
The referee is straight over and Aspas is the first man into the book for his behaviour.
55: Shouts for a penalty from the home fans as Maxi Gomez goes down in the area as he goes up against Digne - trying to get his head on an Aspas cross - but the player doesn't appeal himself.
There wasn't much in it really, and it's a correct call from the referee.
54: CHANCE!! A big chance goes begging for Jozabed as Mendez picks him out on the left of the box with the goal at his mercy - and no markers - but he can only send his shot wide of the post.
Another head in hands moment!
53: SAVE! A weird one, but a save nonetheless from Alvarez as Denis Suarez tussles with a Sergi Gomez on the left of the box, flicking the ball around the Celta defender before attempting to poke home, but the goalkeeper is there to push the effort away.
51: Nearly a great period of pressure for Celta as they pile forward once again, but a pass from Aspas to Sisto on the right flank goes begging as the latter slips on the surface and allows Barcelona to clear.
48: Digne is back on the field after a chat with the doctors.
47: A break in play early on as Digne goes down holding his nose after a collision with Mendez. The medical team are on.
46: Barcelona get us back underway at the Balaidos. Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi remain on the bench...
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That's the last action of the half, and on the balance of play, certainly a fair scoreline.
Barcelona haven't quite been at their best with a makeshift side as Dembele's opener was answered by Jonny right on the stroke of the break.
Don't forget, the visitors have Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi on the bench to call upon, and we could well see them in the second half.
GOAL! CELTA VIGO 1-1 BARCELONA (Jonny, 45)
Celta Vigo deserve that equaliser for sure, and right on the stroke of half-time!
It's a great break from the hosts as Aspas picks out Maxi Gomez down the right-hand side. It's then a sweeping ball across the face of goal that is turned home by Jonny right in the mouth of the goal.
WATCH: DEMBELE OPENER
CELTA VIGO 0-1 BARCELONA
42: Free kick to Barcelona as Gomes if fouled in the middle of the park by Mendez. It takes the Barcelona man a while to get back to his feet - much to the disdain of the crowd - but it is eventually taken, although little is made from it.
40: It could have been two for Barcelona, but Jonny is there to hook the ball away ahead of Paulinho after a good ball into the area from Digne.
It looked like it just needed a chip, but Celta do well to clear the danger behind.
GOAL! CELTA VIGO 0-1 BARCELONA (Dembele, 36)
Unusually, the goal has surely come against the run of play as Celta have been pushing for the opener, but it is Barcelona who strike first.
A poor cross-field pass from a Celta player allows Coutinho onto the ball and he bursts forward, picking out Alcacer to his right. However, the forward doesn't quite get the touch he wants onto the pass but it is enough to put the ball into the path of Dembele.
He takes a touch before sweeping home past Alvarez, and Barcelona certainly needed that.
CELTA VIGO 0-0 BARCELONA
34: SAVE!! Another superb save from Ter Stegen!
Celta continue to test Barcelona as Maxi Gomez puts the ball into the path of Mendez, who has all the time in the world to shape his shot and powers an effort towards goal.
However, it is not enough to beat Ter Stegen, who makes a leaping save to deny Celta the opener.
CELTA VIGO 0-0 BARCELONA
32: Celta have been much the better side in the last five minutes or so, with Barcelona barely able to get a look in.
Will Ernesto Valverde call on his substitute recruits soon?
29: BLOCK!! A huge block from Mina as Celta come at Barcelona once again, Aspas dinking a cross into the path of Maxi Gomez down the right of the box but the defender throws his body in front of the eventual shot to see it behind for a corner.
26: CHANCES! Chances for both sides, as Paulinho hammers a header against the bottom of the post from a Barcelona corner before Celta Vigo break, but Mendez cannot get his shot on target as he curls an effort just wide of goal.
The latter has his head in his hands and he knows he should have done better with that one.
24: Not a bad move from Barcelona as they surge forward, with Denis Suarez picking out Paulinho in the middle but his shot is well blocked by Sergi Gomez.
21: Roncaglia is lucky to get away without a booking there as he slides into a two-footed tackle just ahead of Gomes, not quite catching the Barcelona man cleanly.
There is a collective intake of breath around the ground, but nothing given by the referee.
19: CLOSE! A good chance for Celta as Sisto picks out Wass with a superb diagonal ball down the right of the box, but the ball just skips away from the full-back who cannot make a connection.
17: A corner for Celta after a poor clearance for Vermaelen saw the ball ushered out by Aspas for the set-piece.
Wass goes short to Sisto but Celta cannot catch Barcelona out like they would have intended as the visitors clear.
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