Spanish La Liga match report FC Barcelona v Celta Vigo 02 December 2017
Posted: 2 December 2017 Time: 13:41
FC Barcelona were held to a 2-2 draw by Celta Vigo on Saturday afternoon at Nou Camp.
Celta coach Carlos Unzue was forced into an early change after Sergi Gomez went down after a challenge from Luis Suarez in the third minute - he could not continue and was replaced by Daniel Cabral.
Lionel Messi made a few mazy runs into the visitors' last third but could not find the target through his efforts.
Iago Aspas found the opening goal for Celta in the 20th minute following a counter-attack he initiated. Maxi Gomez had his shot saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen but the rebound fell kindly for Aspas, who tapped in easily, 0-1.
Messi made sure the visitors' lead was short-lived as he was at end of a brilliant attacking move two minutes later to find the bottom corner from inside the box with a clinical left strike, 1-1.
Barça threatened into the lead after 35 minutes but their final pass was not precise enough to carve out clear goalscoring opportunities.
Daniel Wass wasted an opportunity for the visitors at the back post on the stroke of halftime, although Celta did well to contain the hosts to a 1-1 scoreline at the break.
The visitors started the second half stronger but went a goal down after Jordi Alba brilliantly setup Luis Suarez to grab the lead for Barça in the 62nd minute, 2-1.
Celta deservedly found the equaliser through Maxi Gomez in the 70th minute with a shot that found the top corner from inside the box, 2-2.
Samuel Umtiti pulled his hamstring in the lead up to conceding the goal and was replaced by Thomas Vermaelen.
Ernesto Valverde went for broke in the last 10 minutes as he withdrew midfielder Ivan Rakitic in favour of striker Paco Alcacer.
The tie swung from end to end with five minutes remaining on the clock as the two teams were looking for the winner.
Stoppage time was tense with Barça pressuring the visitors for the winner but Celta escaped the late surge to earn a point against La Liga leaders.