Celta played head to head in the round of 16 first leg match against the current tournament’s champion. FC Barcelona got ahead on the scoreboard at the 15 minute mark against a relentless sky-blue team which pressured the ball intensely throughout the whole match and always looked to score. A great offensive move by Celta after 30 minutes of match time tied the clash 1-1. After Aspas hit the post, Sisto collected the ball and masterfully kicked it to the back of the net without having much of an angle for the shot.
Brave match by the sky-blues who will travel next Thursday to Camp Nou with all its qualification chances to the next round intact.
1-CELTA: Sergio, Hugo Mallo, Sergi Gómez, Fontàs, Jonny (Roncaglia, min.81), Lobotka, Jozabed, Wass (Brais Méndez, min.67), Iago Aspas, Sisto (Emre Mor, min.67), Maxi Gómez.
1-BARCELONA: Cillessen, Semedo, Piqué, Vermaelen, Digne, Busquets, André Gomes, Denis Suárez, Paulinho (Rakitic, min.71), Aleix Vidal (Sergi Roberto, min.75), Arnáiz (Dembélé, min.71).
Goals: Arnáiz (min.15, 0-1); Sisto (min.31, 1-1).
Referee: Martínez Munuera, Valencia committee. Yellow cards: Fontàs (Celta); André Gomes (Barça).
Stadium: Balaidos. (21.338 spectators).