Champions League: Barca Routs Celtic 7-0, Arsenal Draws With PSG

German champions Bayern Munich also thumped Rostov 5-0

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi (C) celebrates with teammates Luis Suarez (R) and Neymar after scoring his side’s fifth goal during a Champions League match with Celtic in Barcelona, Spain on Tuesday. (Photo: AP)

Barcelona’s lethal MSN combination - Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar - annihilated Celtic 7-0 in a Champions League match on Tuesday, while a downpour washed out Pep Guardiola’s eagerly awaited first European game in charge of Manchester City.

Messi Scores Hat-Trick As City Match Gets Washed Out

There was no rain but there was a deluge of goals at the Camp Nou on Tuesday. A sparkling Messi hat-trick, a Suarez brace and goals from Neymar and Andres Iniesta heaped on the humiliation on the hapless Celtic squad.

There can be no embarrassment because they do that to better teams than ourselves. They are special players. It is a front three that can occupy as many players as you want. 
Brendan Rogers, Celtic Manager
Barcelona’s players  after finding the net against Celtic in their Champions League Group C tie. (Photo: AP)
Barcelona’s players after finding the net against Celtic in their Champions League Group C tie. (Photo: AP)

Suarez, reunited with Messi and Neymar for the first time this season, told TV3: “It has been many games since we have been able to enjoy being on the pitch together and today we did.”

Celtic will have to shrug off its worst ever European defeat as their next Group C outing is at home against City. After Manchester United’s derby defeat last weekend, City was to take on Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday. But the fixture was called off just 20 minutes before kick-off with the Etihad Stadium being soaked by heavy rain.

A match official during a pitch inspection before the washed-out Champions League match between Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach in Manchester, England. (Photo: AP)
A match official during a pitch inspection before the washed-out Champions League match between Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach in Manchester, England. (Photo: AP)

The match will now be played on Wednesday at 6.45pm GMT.

Sanchez Denied PSG Victory

The first goal of the 2016-2017 Champions League group stages came after a mere 42 seconds from the head of Paris Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani at the Parc des Princes against Arsenal. The strike was PSG’s quickest in the Champions League. But the French champions, and Cavani in particular, were guilty of failing to convert a succession of golden opportunities. 

The worst possible start for Arsenal hinted at a potential lopsided affair. But the Gunners got out of jail with Alexis Sanchez’s leveller inside the final quarter of the first hour.

A jubilant Alexis Sanchez after scoring against PSG in the Champions League tie. (Photo: AP)
A jubilant Alexis Sanchez after scoring against PSG in the Champions League tie. (Photo: AP)

Both sides ended a man down after Olivier Giroud and Marco Verratti were sent off at the death of the match.

I am not happy with the result but I am happy with how we played. This is the way we need to play in future.
Unai Emery, PSG Manager

Wenger had words of praise for Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, chosen over veteran Petr Cech. “Ospina was very good and he would have convinced those who doubted that he is a good goalkeeper,” said the Frenchman. Arsenal’s night got better with news that Group A’s other game between Basel and Ludogorets also ended 1-1.

Bayern Sizzle Under Ancelotti

Meanwhile, Guardiola’s old side Bayern Munich, under new boss Carlo Ancelotti, ran riot over Russian side Rostov 5-0. Robert Lewandowski gave Bayern early custody of Group D. Joshua Kimmich, meanwhile, grabbed a second-half double. Birthday boy Thomas Mueller and Spanish defender Juan Bernat too found the net. Ancelotti described his debut in Europe with the Bavarian giants as “a great game”.

Bayern’s Thomas Mueller (C) with  Robert Lewandowski (R) after scoring the German club’s second goal during a match between FC Bayern Munich and FK Rostov in Munich, Germany. (Photo: AP)
Bayern’s Thomas Mueller (C) with Robert Lewandowski (R) after scoring the German club’s second goal during a match between FC Bayern Munich and FK Rostov in Munich, Germany. (Photo: AP)
Can we win the Champions League? For sure our team will be competitive this season and for the moment everything is good. But the first objective is to win the group, and then we will see the draw.
Carlos Ancelotti, Bayern Munich Manager

But the German stalwarts rose to to the top of their group only on goal difference as Atletico Madrid won 1-0 at PSV Eindhoven. Saul Niguez did the damage with a sizzling scissor-style volley just before the break.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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