Barcelona vs Celta Vigo Player Rating as Robert Lewandowski strikes late to snatch crucial Three point

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Robert Lewandowski scored a classic striker goal, converting a stoppage-time penalty and looking more like his old dominant self. It redeemed an otherwise poor performance from Barca, who were quite lucky to win 2-1 against relegation-threatened Celta Vigo.

Both sides had their chances in the first half. Ronald Araujo was forced into an emphatic recovery and clearance as Barca caused problems through the crafty Lamine Yamal on the right.

Lewandowski grabbed the opener with a vintage spin and finish – smashing the ball past the helpless keeper on the stroke of half-time. Celta responded immediately after the break, Iago Aspas’s deflected shot coming hard off Jules Kounde and a poor play from Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barca did not create anything else for the rest of the proceedings. Celta actually looked more likely to score in the second half, with Aspas serving as a lively focal point in the final third. But the Blaugrana won. Yamal was fouled in the box in the 93rd minute and Lewandowski converted from the spot at the second question after Vicente Guaita raced off his line at the Pole’s original mistake.

Xavi will take the three points, although the performances are still to be questioned – especially with the Champions League knockout game coming up.

Barcelona  Player Rating

Marc-Andre ter Stegen (6/10): Couldn’t do anything about Asapas’ deflected strike. Little else to do otherwise.

Jules Kounde (4/10): Tried to block Aspas’ effort and inadvertently deflected it past Ter Stegen. He was a bit loose otherwise, and almost hurt his side with some careless touches and wayward passes.

Ronald Araujo (7/10): One fantastic burst of pace prevented a near-certain Celta goal in the first half. Steady throughout. Better than in recent weeks. Removed with an apparent knock, which will be of concern.

Pau Cubarsi (7/10): Another solid showing from the 17-year-old. Won his tackles, played a few nice passes from deep. Not perfect, but he is growing by the week.

Joao Cancelo (4/10): Disappointing at left-back. Got into advanced positions with regularity, but his final ball was poor.

Andreas Christensen (6/10): Operated well as a No.6. Kept it simple, and covered spaces. He’s a better option than Oriol Romeu, it seems.

Frenkie de Jong (7/10): Floated around midfield, carried the ball effectively, and found neat angles to work in. Completed 94% of his passes.

Pedri (6/10): Less involved while operating as a No.10. Worked effectively when he had the ball, but Barca didn’t really feed him enough.

Lamine Yamal (7/10): Typically lively on the wing, even if he lacked quality with his final ball. Assisted Lewandowski’s opening goal, and won the crucial penalty.

Robert Lewandowski (8/10): A mixed showing in terms of general performance, but vital when it mattered. Scored both goals, linked up effectively with Yamal. He’s finding some form.

Vitor Roque (5/10): Rather misused coming in off the left. Removed on the hour without having much of an impact.

Subs

Inigo Martinez (6/10): Replaced Araujo, and turned in a solid second half.

Ilkay Gundogan (5/10): An attacking change at 1-1. Didn’t get involved much.

Raphinha (5/10): Lacking in quality in a disappointing 30 minutes.

Fermin Lopez (6/10): Lively, and added some real attacking thrust late on.

Oriol Romeu (N/A): No time to make an impact.

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