3 key points to keep the difference of points (4) ahead Real Madrid. Uncomfortable match for Luis Enrique's men front a very brave Celta that made things complicated to Barça during the first 60 minutes. Xavi went on and it put a reason to Barça's game and Mathieu's head, in a new free kick defined the result of the match. Next stop, Wednesday at Camp Nou, Barça vs. Almería.
Very intense first half by Celta Vigo that didn't hide front a very attacking Barça, with mistakes while attacking. Berizzo's men grow strong in the recovery and fast while passing to wings to invite the skills of Nolito and Orellana. Individual defense of the team from Galicia that tried to pressure Barça that only found light on Messi's feet, that focussed on his position to receive more balls and create doubts between Celta Vigo's centre-backs.
Very similar dynamics at the second half. Celta Vigo went bigger and attacked Bravo's box while Barça defended as they could. Few regularity in Luis Enrique's men game, Barça's coach replaced Rafinha by Xavi at minute 58. With the player from Terrrassa on the field, the match was calmed and Barça won control. A foul on the wing kicked by Barça's captain ended goal after Mathieu's header at the second post at minute 73.
Celta were disappointed with the goal against them and Barça were able to breath calmed after more than one hour suffering for the pressure. At the end of the match an unbelieveable move by Orellana -who threw a piece of turf to Busquets- meant his sent off. Barça's victory, suffered and important. 3 points to keep the 4 ahead Real Madrid when there are 9 fixtures left in the championship.