Barcelona were devastating against Celta, demolishing their opponents 6-1 in a thoroughly remarkable display.
They were already 3-1 up when Lionel Messi—who had already scored a sublime free kick—won a penalty. The Argentine superstar, instead of converting past poor Sergio Alvarez, opted to lay the spot kick out to his right for the onrushing Luis Suarez.
The Uruguayan striker gleefully accepted the invitation, and fired home to complete his hat-trick.
Ivan Rakitic and Neymar added late goals to give Barca a resounding triumph which will long be remembered for Messi’s opening free kick and the diminutive icon’s genius in playing in Suarez.
Speaking after the match, Neymar has admitted that the spot kick was not a moment of spontaneous inspiration from Messi, and that the set-up was originally intended for him.
“That play had been rehearsed and it was supposed to be for me,” the Brazil international began, speaking to Barca’s official website.
“The most important thing is that the play worked.”
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