Barcelona suffered a shock 4-3 defeat to Celta Vigo at the Estadio de Balaídos this evening.
Luis Enrique’s side, who were without the talismanic Lionel Messi, found themselves 3-0 down at half-time after conceding three goals in 11 minutes.
Gerard Pique and Neymar threatened to turn the game around with two goals after the break and 25 minutes left to play, but a calamitous mistake from Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the 77th minute allowed Pablo Hernandez to make it 4-2 to the home side. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
Ter Stegen, who Barça made their first-choice goalkeeper over Claudio Bravo at the start of the season, attempted to chip the ball to Jordi Alba - despite the fact Hernandez was only a matter of yards away from him.
Instead of reaching its intended target, the ball comically ricocheted off the Celta Vigo player’s head and into the back of the Barcelona net.
Video: Ter Stegen's comical error
It was an awful error by the Germany international, who is widely regarded as one of the world’s best goalkeepers with the ball at his feet.
That Barcelona opted to retain Ter Stegen and sell Bravo, who Pep Guardiola signed for Manchester City in the summer specifically because of his ability with his feet, shows how good the 24-year-old (usually) is with the ball.
But on this occasion he let himself, and his teammates, down at a crucial period of the match.
Twitter reaction to Ter Stegen's mistake
Pique pulled another goal back for the Catalan giants but it was Celta who claimed all three points.
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