Celtic record memorable upset over Barcelona in Scotland – Messi rues over 2-1 defeat
Occupants of the Celtic Park witnessed one of the astounding nights in football history as Celtic recorded a 2-1 victory over Spanish football giants Barcelona in the Champions League.
Barcelona stumbled to their first Champions League group-stage loss in three years due to goals from Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt. Lionel Messi pulled one back moments before the game ended, but his effort was too little and too late.
Barcelona’s attacks were thwarted numerous times by Celtic’s impregnable defense. Lionel Messi believes Barcelona could have performed a lot better against the Celtic. The Argentinean football prodigy rued over the lost goal scoring opportunities and abysmal finishing.
Lionel Messi believes his side performed better than they did at Camp Nou, so Barcelona was unfortunate to be the losing team. However, truth be told Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez, Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta wasted numerous opportunities of scoring goals on Wednesday night.
Alexis Sanchez and Lionel Messi were denied goals by the woodwork, while Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster handed in a legendary performance to put an end to a number of threatening goal scoring attempts.
“We did everything well, played better than two weeks ago against them, but the ball didn't go in,” Lionel Messi said.
“The same thing happened at the Camp Nou. They played defensively and they waited to make fast counter-attacks. They are very comfortable on corners and set-pieces, and that's how they scored their two goals.”
Lionel Messi, who is on the verge of breaking Pele’s record of 75 goals in a calendar year, has been in stunning form this season. Lionel Messi has already scored 17 goals in 15 appearances for Barcelona this season.
Lionel Messi, who is also one of the leading candidates for the Ballon d’Or Award, received no criticism from the new Barcelona manager Tito Vilanova. As a matter of fact, Tito Vilanova praised his players for putting in their efforts.
“We interpreted the game well, knew what we wanted to do, created many chances, but didn't finish well and their 'keeper was great,” Tito Vilanova said. “I don't like to lose, but if we have to lose, let it be this way.”
In spite of the defeat, Barcelona are still on top of Group G with nine points. Meanwhile, Celtic earned the second spot in Group G due to their victory. Benfica is third and Spartak Moscow is fourth in Group G of Champions League.
Barcelona remain on top of Group G on nine points, while Celtic lifted themselves into second place, above Benfica and Spartak Moscow.