It’s not often that Barcelona are embarrassed, but that’s precisely what’s happened during the first half of their La Liga match against Celta Vigo this evening.
The Catalan giants, without the injured Lionel Messi, conceded three goals in 11 devastating minutes midway through the first half at the Estadio de Balaídos.
Pione Sisto made it 1-0 to the home side in the 22nd minute, before Iago Aspas doubled Celta’s advantage nine minutes later. Two minutes after that and it was 3-0 after Jeremy Mathieu turned the ball into his own net. (Scroll down this page to watch the goals).
Because it’s so rare to see Barça lose in La Liga - let alone ship in three goals in 11 minutes - the reaction on Twitter was pretty cruel on Luis Enrique and his players.
This is the first time since October 2007 that Barcelona have conceded three goals in the first half of a La Liga game. They didn’t turn it around on that occasion, either, losing 3-1 to Villarreal.
Celta go 1-0 up
Celta go 2-0 up
Celta go 3-0 up
Twitter laughs at Barcelona
The comeback then seemed to be on
Gerard Pique pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 58th minute with a fine header.
Neymar then set up a fascinating final 25 minutes with a penalty after Andre Gomes was fouled inside the box.
Celta scored again thanks to Ter Stegen
Ter Stegen's error, however, made it 4-2 to Celta.
Pique pulled another goal back
That appeared to be that, until Pique scored his second of the night with five minutes remaining...
But Celta just about held on - by the skin of their teeth - to secure all three points.
Barcelona lose ground on Atletico and Real
Barcelona, after their shock dereat, remain fourth in the Spanish top-flight table but slip two points behind league-leaders Atletico Madrid.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, could only draw 1-1 at home to Eibar earlier today.
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