CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Messi double as Barcelona ease past Celtic

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Messi double as Barcelona ease past Celtic”

The Parkhead side kept pushing forward but the Catalans were largely in control - Suarez missed a sitter in front of goal after being set up by Messi - and saw the game out to take their place, inevitably, in the knockout stages again.

Five of those have come against Celtic, following his hat trick in Barcelona's 7-0 win at Camp Nou in September. Rodgers seems to have learned a lesson in that defeat, and wants his team to be positive in the home turf. We like Callejon's consistency this season and his floor for this specific game.

With Manchester City drawing at Borussia Moenchengladbach in the group's other game, Barcelona is four points clear of City and can not be denied first place heading into the final round of matches in group play.

Celtic need to win if they are to stand any chance of qualification.

Rodgers' men fell behind on Wednesday when Neymar's chipped pass found Messi and the Argentine fired home. Moussa Dembélé should have put the side level with a header from seven yards but it was directed straight at Marc-André ter Stegen.

"I thought how we pressed the game tactically was very good", said Rodgers. I was very pleased with the performance. "We're just happy that we're through to the last 16", said Belgian global De Bruyne. "It is a club and stadium a lot of the players know well and a club we have a lot of respect for, but we must forget everything and make sure we return from Scotland with a win", Messi was quoted as saying to the Bleacher Report.

Luis Enrique also brought on 21-year-old defender Marlon for his Barcelona debut in the closing stages.

"It was a key moment in the game. The referee didn't give us so much during the night but that's the way it goes sometimes". He just wants his players to enjoy at Celtic Park.

"The club had gone a period of time not qualifying, so we had a huge effort in the summer, over the course of the pre-season, to qualify, and this experience - we still have one game to go - was always going to be invaluable to us".

"We've played three of the best teams in Europe over the course of this competition and we've gradually got better with each game. That is our ambition".

But Rogic and his team-mates will have to pick themselves up quickly from the disappointment with the Scottish League Cup final to play on Monday morning (AEDT).

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