Barcelona vs Celta Vigo: Lewandowski and Joao Cancelo inspire Xavi's men to comeback victory

Barcelona vs Celta Vigo: Lewandowski and Joao Cancelo inspire Xavi's men to comeback victory

Faruq Ibrahim 19:53 - 23.09.2023

Barcelona return to the top of LALIGA after a hard-fought victory over Rafa Benitez's Celta Vigo.

Barcelona survived a scare in the LALIGA race, leaving it late to come back from a two-goal deficit.

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The Blaugrana were coming off two 5-0 wins and were expected to continue the good showing when they hosted Celta at Montjuic, but Benitez's men proved tough to overcome.

how it happened

The Catalan team had a bright start to the game, taking the game to their opposition, but Benitez prepared his team to weather the storm and take their chances in transitions.

The game plan worked to devastating effect in the 19th minute of the game, when Jorgen Strand Larsen finished off a sweeping team move to give the Galician team the lead.

Barcelona continued to press high while Celta relied on counter-attacks, and based on the quality of chances both teams were creating, the away team were more successful with their game plan.

Xavi was forced to tweak his set-up at the start of the second-half, but Benitez’s men still looked dangerous every time they forrayed into the Barcelona half and doubled their advantage in the 76th minute.

Barcelona threw the kitchen sink, and the result was eight minutes of magic. Robert Lewandowski pulled one back in the 82nd minute after a scooped pass by Joao Felix. The Pole equalised on the 85th-minute mark, turning in a Cancelo cross.

The Manchester City loanee scored the winner in the 89th minute, running onto a Gavi delivery into the box. 

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