Barcelona squandered a 3-goal lead against Celta Vigo in the most onerous of fashion and ended up drawing 3-3, with the Catalans languishing in 9th place.
Barcelona in post-Koeman era
Following the dismissal of Ronald Koeman as Barcelona manager, former midfielder Xavi Hernandez was named the new manager of Barcelona to restore some form of stability back to the club.
The Celta Vigo game saw caretaker boss Sergi Barjuan in place of the new manager, as he was not ready to lead the club out yet.
However, he was not in the dugout to watch his new side labor against the league minnows.
Barcelona started out strong, racing into a 3-0 lead within 34 minutes, with teenage prospect Ansu Fati, Sergio Busquets, and Memphis Depay getting on the scoresheet.
Fati continued his fine form into the season, scoring yet another goal by cutting back from the sideline and bending a shot around Celta Vigo’s defender Hugo Mallo and resting the ball into the corner.
In the 18th minute mark, Sergio Busquets caressed the ball with precision into the bottom of the net with a slick shot from outside the box.
Memphis Depay then added a superb 3rd goal in the 34th minute, cutting open the defense and heading home from Jordi Alba’s scintillating cross, making it 3-0 after the half-hour mark.
It all came down crashing
The second half was a different story, with Barcelona faltering inexplicably.
Iago Aspas pulled a goal back in the 52nd minute after goalkeeper Ter Stegen made a mistake and spilled Javier Galan’s cross and Araujo tried to clear the ball away but it landed onto Aspas, who fired the ball into the net.
Celta then made it 3-2 but it was cruelly ruled out for offside.
But their heartbreak was short-lived as they scored again to make it 3-2 for real through former Manchester City striker Nolito, who headed home from Franco Cervi’s cross.
The game saw an intense finish as Celta scored the equalizer right at the death on the 96th minute, with Aspas curling Galan’s cross around Araujo and into the goal, breaking Catalan hearts.
Unhappy with amount of added time
Barcelona midfielder Frankie De Jong spoke to the media and said that the referee added 5 minutes, which he felt was too much, and then he (the referee) went on to add another minute for a throw-in.
Caretaker boss Sergi said that losing 3 players to injury disrupted his side’s rhythm and the whole system.
In other European football news, Arsenal climbs up to 5th after victory against Watford.