Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Messi scores twice as Celtic are knocked out of Europe

Celtic were eliminated from European competition as
Barcelona won to secure top spot in Champions League
Group C.

Lionel Messi struck the opener from Neymar's sumptuous
pass, and only a stunning Craig Gordon save prevented Luis
Suarez from heading home a second.

Moussa Dembele spurned Celtic's best chance before Messi
scored a penalty.

Though  Celtic can still draw level on points with Borussia
Monchengladbach in third, the German side have a superior
head-to-head record.

Brendan Rodgers' side remain on two points, having lost twice
to Barca - who opened the group stage with a 7-0 win over
Celtic - and at home to Gladbach.

The Scottish champions, who came through two rounds of
qualifiers and a play-off to reach the group stage, visit
Manchester City on 6 December, when Barcelona host the
German side.

City and Barca have qualified for the last 16, with Gladbach
dropping into the Europa League in the New Year.

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