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Vigo 2-2 Barca: 10-man Barcelona survive Celta onslaught

Vigo 2-2 Barca: 10-man Barcelona survive Celta onslaught

Valverde is aiming for glory in that competition, but his immediate focus is on Tuesday's league game away to Celta Vigo.

As such, Barca's opener came again the run of play when Alcacer improvised well, having slightly lost his footing, to chip the ball into Dembele's path for the winger to lash home.

A combination of Ter Stegen and Digne intervened when another substitute Lucas Boye looked set to net the victor but Barca's record-breaking run moves onto 40 games, just.

The Argentinian proved to be a great asset for Celta when it came to regaining possession of the ball intercepting six passes and offensively putting in seven successful long balls.

The two teams square off for the fourth time in 2017/18, with the Blaugrana just edging results after one win and two draws, and Valverde is expecting another stern test from Celta.

It will also be interesting to see if young French winger Ousmane Dembele, who conceded a penalty against Valencia on Saturday, will get a chance or whether someone like Denis Suarez or even Paco Alcacer could force their way into the side. He was deservedly sent off 10 minutes after replacing Gomes. That was the only way Barca could stop Aspas, though, and he eventually scored a deserved equaliser, turning home an Emre Mor cross with the help of his hand.

The Argentinian had a golden opportunity to win the game for Celta but lack of composure and an extra touch cost him, totally fluffing his attempt. Aspas - who else? - produced a sensational pass for Lucas Boye, but he was denied by Ter Stegen as Barca kept their hopes of an unbeaten season alive.

More news: Messi may be rested against Celta, says Valverde

Lionel Messi could be among a number of key players rested from Barcelona's game against Celta Vigo on Tuesday, according to coach Ernesto Valverde.

Ivan Rakitic and Sergio Busquets are injured, while Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique will be rested.

Although it looked like Barcelona would go into the break ahead, Celta deservedly got their equaliser on the stroke of half-time. But Valverde may yet earn a double in his first season.

When Messi came on in the 60th minute, that was supposed to be that for Celta.

The form of Messi has been so important to that remarkable run and what's set to be another La Liga title for the team. And it was Aspas who was hauled down by Sergi Roberto to leave Barca with 10 men for the final 20 minutes of the encounter.

Barcelona were left hugely frustrated by their elimination from the Champions League as they were on the receiving end of an unexpected comeback from Roma, but they have an opportunity to finish the season in positive fashion.


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