Messi passes from penalty for Suárez's hat-trick as Barça beats Celta 6-1

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Yesterday, Barcelona football star Lionel Messi made a risky pass from the penalty spot to Luis Suárez, setting up the completion of a Suárez hat-trick against Celta Vigo, and Barça defeated them 6–1 in a La Liga match at Camp Nou. Suárez climbed to the top spot for La Liga this season, scoring 23 goals, and FC Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 30 games in all competitions. By passing to Suárez, Messi missed an opportunity to attempt his 300th goal in the Liga.

File photo of Luis Suárez who scored the hat-trick
Image: Lluís.
You can take a penalty like that, it's legal and there's a Cruyff penalty we all know.

—Luis Enrique

The match saw four yellow cards, all for the Celta Vigo players. Barça had eleven shots on target as compared to Vigo's four. Gustavo Cabral was the first booked in the game in the eleventh minute.

Messi opened the scoring for the Catalans in the 28th minute. Carles Planas was booked for a bad foul, and Messi won a free-kick, which he successfully converted into the goal, scoring his 299th goal in La Liga games. About ten minutes later, Jordi Alba brought down Swedish striker John Guidetti in the penalty area, and the visitors got a chance to equalise from penalty. Guidetti scored from the penalty spot making the score 1–1 before the half time. Hugo Mallo was booked in the 42nd minute. The first half ended 1–1 with three bookings in 45 minutes.

Messi in the 59th mminute assisted Suárez via a through ball, as the Uruguayan scored the team's second goal and Barcelona were leading again. Two substitutions were made in the 61st minute for the home side. Aleix Vidal came for Dani Alves and Sergi Roberto was replaced by Ivan Rakitić. Celta made a change in the 65th minute as Marcelo Díaz was subbed-in for Pablo Hernández.

Neymar's shot in the 75th minute was blocked, assist from Messi, but Suárez netted his second of the night and Barcelona were 3–1 up. The 78th minute saw two substitutions. Dejan Drazic replaced Guidetti, and Arda Turan came for Andrés Iniesta.

Messi was fouled around the 81st minute in the penalty area, and won a penalty kick. The Argentine passed from the spot, and Suárez completed his hat-trick. A similar type of goal was scored by the Dutch legend Johan Cruyff playing for Ajax AFC in 1982.

Rakitić scored the fifth goal in the 84th minute from a through ball assist from Suárez, just a minute later after Pape Cheikh was subbed off Daniel Wass. In the injury time, Neymar netted a goal, assist from Suárez. The match ended 6–1.

After the match, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique said "There will be those who like it and those who don't [...] You can take a penalty like that, it's legal and there's a Cruyff penalty we all know."

A similar penalty attempt by Thierry Henry for Arsenal F.C. in 2005 did not work out.

February 14, 2016
FC Barcelona 6–1 Celta Vigo Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 72,580
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández, Spain
Scored after 28 minutes 28' Lionel Messi
Scored after 59', 75', 81–82 minutes 59', 75', 81–82' Luis Suárez
Scored after 84 minutes 84' Ivan Rakitić
Scored after 90+1 minutes 90+1' Neymar
(1–1) HT Scored after 39–40 minutes 39–40' (pen.) John Guidetti
Booked after 11 minutes 11' Gustavo Cabral
Booked after 26–27 minutes 26–27' Carles Planas
Booked after 42 minutes 42' Hugo Mallo
Booked after 74 minutes 74' Josep Señé