Aviva Stadium
Friendly match • July
  • 1st Half
  • FC Barcelona
  • Celtic
  • El Haddadi
  • Griffiths
  • Turan

FC Barcelona - Celtic

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FULL-TIME! Barcelona win the match in comfortable fashion with goals coming from Arda Turan, Munir and an Efe Ambrose own-goal. Leigh Griffiths scored for Celtic.


Two minutes of added time to be played at the end of the match.


It has proven to be more of a distraction than anything for Brendan Rodgers and Celtic.


It's certainly been a productive evening for Barcelona in their opening International Champions Cup match and Luis Enrique will be relatively pleased with how his side have performed in Dublin, particularly the performance of new signing Denis Suarez.


Here's another chance to laugh at a half Barcelona-Celtic t-shirt.

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Munir sends in a cross from the wing but Ajer makes a vital interception to save Celtic.


The game is finally beginning to liven up once again as we move into the final 10 minutes.


CLOSE! Rogic, Celtic's standout player in the second-half, almost gets on the score-sheet as he pops a shot from 20 yards and it's just inches wide of the target. Has he done enough to land a place in Rodgers' plan for Wednesday?


Darnell Fischer replaces Izaguirre for Celtic and Barcelona make three of their own.


Here we go... more substitutions on the way...


It must have been the first time Celtic had the ball for up to 10 minutes. Barcelona have been dominant in the second period.


Finally an opportunity! Celtic's Armstrong is picked out by Rogic but his shot is tame and the goalkeeper is able to save comfortably.


Messi showed glimpses of quality in the first-half but it's obvious he's lacking match fitness. Still gave the fans here in Dublin plenty to smile about, though, especially his new blonde haircut!


Here's a random statistic for you... Lionel Messi played more accurate through balls (34) than any other player in Europe's top five leagues last season.


Nothing as exciting is happening on the pitch at the moment, however.


WATCH: Arda Turan opened the scoring after 11 minutes.

FC Barcelona

Munir has the responsibility in attack now that Messi and Suarez are off the field and he's doing everything to get on the scoresheet once again. He gathers from 25 yards and shoots but it was always going wide.

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Barcelona deliver a direct corner straight into the penalty area for once and it should yield a goal but the unmarked Munir somehow heads over the bar.

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Anyhow, Barcelona win a corner and have a chance to add to their lead...


Of course, the interruption of multiple substitutions doesn't help matters.


Not too much happening at the moment. The second period has been a little quieter than the first-half but there's still just under 30 minutes to play so plenty of time for things to change.

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Barcelona have also made a number of subs with Luis Suarez the most notable player to leave the field. Six changes in total for Luis Enrique.


Brendan Rodgers has decided to make more changes... Ralston, McCart and Christie ON. Janko, Ambrose and Forrest OFF.

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WIDE! Suarez is picked out by Samper inside the penalty area but the Uruguay star gets his connection all wrong and sends the ball closer to the corner flag with his half-volley.


It was Barcelona gifting possession away every other minute in the first-half but Celtic have been really sloppy since the restart as they continue to give the ball to their opponents.

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Luis Enrique will have been delighted with the performance of his new player, Denis Suarez. He has been brilliant so far and adds further energy to Barcelona's attack.

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SAVE! Celtic lose the ball in a dangerous area to D Suarez who only has one thing on his mind but Celtic's reserve goalkeeper Fasan does brilliantly to parry the ball away before a defender clears.


Have a look at Celtic's equaliser. Martinez will have nightmares this evening.

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A piece of breathtaking football from the two Suarez's inside the Celtic penalty area almost results in a goal but the defenders just about do enough to scramble clear.


CLOSE! Forrest, one of the few survivors from the first period for Celtic, feeds Rogic who tries his luck from 25 yards and it's only inches wide of the target.

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Barcelona, who have been in second gear throughout, come forward in search of a fourth goal with Munir finding space in a central area, he fires at goal but the shot takes a deflection and Gordon is able to gather.


CLOSE! Nadir Ciftci almost reduces the deficit for Cetlic with a powerful shot but it's always rising.


We're back underway at the Aviva Stadium. Celtic have made a number of subs and Sergi Samper has replaced Messi for Barcelona.


Celtic are making SEVEN changes for the second-half.


HALF-TIME! The referee brings a thoroughly entertaining first-half to an end. Barcelona took the lead through Turan with a quality strike on 11 minutes. However, Celtic equalised in comical circumstances through Griffiths on 28 minutes but Barcelona went back in front a minute later through an Ambrose own goal. Munir added a third shortly after.


One minute of added time to be played at the end of the first-half.


The corner comes to nothing so now is a perfect chance to pull on your heart-strings...

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Barcelona look to further increase their lead as D Suarez steps forward to take a corner.


Four goals in the first-half, two of them of side-splitting quality. The fans at the Aviva can't say they haven't been entertained.

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GOAL! This is a goal of real quality too as Barcelona extend their lead. Messi is the instigator and L Suarez is the provider as he cuts the ball back to Munir who taps the ball into the net from close range. 3-1 Barcelona.

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This game is great craic, as they would say in Dublin! Barcelona on the front foot once more now.


Oh dear.... Bitton gathers possession around 40 yards out and for some reason thinks it's a good idea to shoot. Needless to say it's sent into row-Z.

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Messi almost picks out Turan with an outrageous lofted through pass but he doesn't have the pace to meet the ball and Gordon collects.


Right, back to the action - we've all had our laugh.


This was tweeted BEFORE kick-off...


A comedy of errors has brought this match into life. Celtic were level for less than a minute!

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GOAL GOAL! This is brilliantly awful - Barcelona are back in front as Ambrose comically puts the ball into his own net as he sticks out a leg to block a harmless cross! 2-1 Barcelona.


GOAL! Oh dear. Griffiths won't score an easier goal in his career. Martinez receives the ball off Masip inside his box and his touch is too heavy, allowing Griffiths to tap the ball into an empty net. 1-1.


It's been an even and open contest though, exciting.

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Luis Enrique's side have been nowhere near their best but a moment of quality from Turan means they're currently leading Celtic.

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CHANCE! Barcelona work the ball around the Celtic defence as Messi breaks into the penalty area but he's outmuscled by Janko who wins the ball back just in the nick of time.


Celtic play the ball out of defence with quick passing before Roberts is unleashed on the wing but the midfielder's attempted through ball is too heavy and the ball rolls to Masip in the Barca goal.


Yet again Barcelona concede possession in a dangerous area with Mathieu the latest culprit as he is robbed by Brown just outside the penalty area but the Celtic skipper never looks confident and his low shot is easily gathered by Masip.

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Tremendous work rate from L Suarez as he drops into his own penalty area to win the ball back for his team.


Celtic are enjoying a lot of possession at the moment but there's no way through Barcelona's defence at the moment.


The 19-year-old has been the standout player so far.

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Quick link-up play between Messi and Camara allows the latter space on the flank but he can only smash the ball into the side-netting from a tight angle.

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There's a carnival atmosphere inside the Aviva Stadium and the fans are clearly enjoying themselves. It is refreshing to see the likes of Messi on the team sheet.


Celtic have been undone by a moment of quality. You simply can't allow players of Turan's class so much space.

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GOAL! What a strike from Turan! Vidal nutmegs his marker on the flank before laying off Turan who curls the ball into the top corner of the net. 1-0 Barcelona.


Fine defending from Janko as he intercepts Turan's attempted through pass to Messi.


CLOSE! Roberts, on loan from Man City, is full of confidence and he goes close to breaking the deadlock once again as he cuts in from the wing before curling a shot just wide.

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Messi picks out L Suarez with a nice pass into space now but the linesman raises his flag for offside. .

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The La Liga champions are slowly improving now and a Messi through pass to D Suarez almost unlocks the Celtic defence but he plays too much on the ball.


Bitton gives a thumbs up to the bench and looks set to continue. Stuart Armstrong had been warming up.


An extremely worrying start for Barcelona as they continue to concede possession. Rodgers will also be concerned - Bitton is back onto the pitch but doesn't look at all comfortable.


OUCH! Celtic's Bitton is caught late by Suarez and is in some pain. He'll have to go off for treatment.


CLOSE! Celtic should be ahead within 12 seconds as Barcelona gift the ball to the Scottish champions with Roberts finding space on the edge of the area but his shot is sent narrowly wide of the post.


Things haven't gone exactly to plan and we're still awaiting kick-off. It'll all be worth it, hopefully!


Barcelona are looking quite relaxed in their first International Champions Cup match of the summer. Celtic, on the other hand, seem focused but they'll have their hands full with the likes of Messi and Suarez. No Neymar this evening, though. Right, we're almost set for kick-off. Stay with us for minute-by-minute commentary.


Take a deep breath - this is criminal...

FC Barcelona

Luis Enrique names a strong attacking line-up with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, new signing Denis Suarez and young forward Munir in Barcelona's starting XI. Third-choice stopper Jordi Masip is handed a chance to shine in goal.


Celtic make a number of changes from the side which drew 1-1 with Astana on Wednesday night. The most notable exclusion is Moussa Dembele who starts the match on the bench. For the likes of James Forrest and Emilio Izaguirre, this is an opportunity to impress Brendan Rodgers.


BARCELONA: Masip, Vidal, Martinez, Mathieu, Camara, Roberto, Turan, D. Suarez, Messi, Munir, L. Suarez. /// CELTIC: Gordon; Janko, Ambrose, O'Connell, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton, McGregor; Roberts, Griffiths, Forrest.


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