Lionel Messi's Brace Leads Barcelona Over Celtic

Neymar provided a sublime assist for Lionel Messi as Barcelona defeated Celtic 2-0 to win their Champions League group.

Barcelona defeated Celtic 2-0 in Scotland, the Hoops providing a better account of themselves following their 7-0 drubbing in the reverse fixture at the Camp Nou. Barcelona’s victory made them Group C winners with Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach battling to a 1-1 draw in the group's other fixture.

Any Barcelona goal yields a plethora of astounding statistics, and Lionel Messi’s opener in the 24th minute was no different. Neymar provided the assist, and it was already his seventh of this Champions League campaign, equalling the all-time mark for a single season.

Meanwhile, the goalscorer, Messi, made in 19 goals in 18 appearances for club and country in the 2016-17 season.

Celtic had a couple of good opportunities to equalize, but a penalty in the 54th minute was called for a foul on Luis Suarez in the box. Lionel Messi stepped up to the spot and made it 20 goals in 18 appearances for club and country.

The rest of the night's entertainment was provided by Neymar, who played the pantomime villain to the entirety of Celtic Park before being substituted in the 77th minute to a chorus of jeers.

With 95 goals, Cristiano Ronaldo is the leading scorer in Champions League history, but Messi increased his own total to 92 on the night.

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