12th December, 2018
If anyone is still in doubt as to what the intentions of F.C. Barcelona are for this season, then they must have gotten a clarification latest by Thursday night as the Catalonian Soccer Giants decimated a usually stubborn Celta Vigo side by a whopping five goals to nil at the Nou Camp thereby strolling into the quarter-finals of the Copa del Rey competition.
The first leg had ended in a 1-1 draw in Galicia. The second leg however was something completely different as F.C. Barcelona went on full throttle right from the first minute with their mercurial talisman Lionel Messi leading the marauding pack as expected.
The Argentinian National Team captain scored two quick goals in a space of three minutes (in the 13th and 15th minutes) to put Celta Vigo in a very uncomfortable position so early in the game.
Before the opponents could re-organise themselves, Jordi Alba had added a third for the home team.
Luis Suarez was not to be left out of the party as he quickly added one of his own just three minutes after Alba’s goal thereby theoretically putting an end to any hopes of recovery for Celta Vigo as early as the 31st minute of the first half.
F.C. Barcelona crowned the day’s rain of goals in the 87th minute as Ivan Rakitic added a fifth for his team with a header to complete a 5-0 rout of their opponents on the night.
Interestingly, Barca’s new signing, Philipe Coutinho was for the first time in the Nou Camp stands watching his new team mates perform live and must have been really impressed with what he saw on the night.