The game started and from then on it was all Barcelona, in the first 10 minutes we had two half chances, a Commons shot and a Samaras chip over the keeper, apart from that, it was backs to the wall for most of the night. Barcelona as I said in the pre-match would I hope be kept to long shots and we did well, we pressed fairly high up the park forcing them to throw balls over the top, if truth be told Barcelona kept the ball well, but were not as good as last year, I think the first half the players just didn’t want the ball, everyone was kicking it blindly up the park, as an attacking force not so good, in defence, Lenny must have been delighted at half time
The second half started pretty much the same as the first ended, as expected, Barcelona with £200M worth of talent on show just kept the ball, no panic, heads always up, pinging it about like a training match. Then on 58 minutes Scott Brown got a red card, I have seen it a few times now and I can’t decide if it was play acting that got the ref or did the ref see Brown put his foot or leg near Neymar? I will leave you to be the judge, just brutal for Celtic and Brown now misses the next 2 games, or is it one? Someone can keep me right later
So it was 10 men against 11 and for some reason we came to life, Samaras who I thought had a good game started to run at players, I also though Van Dijk had a very good game, Izzy again for the goal, could he have done better? Before their goal we had to wonderful chances, first Forrest took the ball well and hammered a shot top left for the goalie to save for a corner, from the resulting corner the goalkeeper misjudged and all Mulgrew had to do was hit it towards goal, it went wide, I could hear loud groans 60 mile away in Glasgow, I think we all thought it was in, Mulgrew knew there and then THAT was the chance, a man down and a chance to hold onto something, gone, but he was as gutted as a few hundred thousand people worldwide also
Then the unthinkable, very harsh on us, a Barcelona goal, could Izzy have done better, the cross came in and there was Fabregas to head home unmarked, the Irony was, Barcelona were waiting to take him off!
We huffed and puffed but in reality we were up against some side, even weak they strong, yeah that makes no sense, but it’s true
We are 1 point behind Ajax, we need to now focus hard and 3rd place is now more realistic. Ajax were 1-0 up with AC Milan scoring late to make it 1-1 in the other match. Harsh, we tried, we can be proud of the side, but I still say, it is better to be here than not, we have 12 points to play for, we need a few now
TCN reporter Man of the match: Virgil Van Dijk, did brilliant, I like this lad, Forster was a close 2nd