Barcelona 7-0 Celtic: Lionel Messi hat-trick humbles Scots

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the first of his three goals as Barcelona thrashed Celtic at the Nou Camp

Lionel Messi celebrates scoring the first of his three goals as Barcelona thrashed Celtic at the Nou Camp


Lionel Messi hit a hat-trick as Celtic's Champions League campaign began with a 7-0 thrashing from Barcelona at the Nou Camp.
The Argentina forward took less than three minutes to open the scoring and after Moussa Dembele missed a penalty at the other end, he added a second before half-time.
Neymar made it three with a free-kick shortly after the restart and after Andres Iniesta got the fourth, Messi completed his treble and Luis Suarez netted a double too.
Neymar scored Barcelona's third goal and also had four assists
Neymar scored Barcelona's third goal and also had four assists
aving taken just three points from a pool containing Barca, AC Milan and Ajax in 2013, they were hoping for a good start to build on their weekend derby win over Rangers.
Instead, they left the pitch smarting from a new record European loss which fell just one goal short of their biggest ever defeat, an 8-0 league reverse against Motherwell in 1937.


Moussa Dembele reacts after missing a penalty against Barcelona with a poor first-half effort
Andres Iniesta came on at half-time to get on the score sheet

Messi is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring his third and his side's fifth goal


Moussa Dembele reacts after missing a penalty against Barcelona with a poor first-half effort
He finished well with a powerful shot and that set a tone for a night in which the Spanish champions were totally dominant and very rarely troubled.
Celtic could have levelled, however, when Scott Sinclair released Dembele and he was brought down in the area by keeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, with a penalty awarded