It was one of Barcelona’s best second 45 minutes of the season. Barcelona scored four of their six goals in the last 15-minutes of the game which was one of the best second half finishes ever recorded.
They crushed Celta Vigo 6-1 in front of their home crowd but not without some controversies.
Everyone was on the scoring sheet including Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr., and Ivan Rakitic. But all other performances were shadowed by Luis Suarez’s brilliant hat-trick.
As per the goal.com, the controversial moment in the game came when Messi, while taking a penalty shot, decided to direct its course towards teammate Suarez in order for him to take the shot from a close range.
Many termed the particular incident as disrespectful and unsportsmanlike. But Celta Vigo coach, Eduardo Berizzo, came to the rescue of Barca stars to clarify that the penalty was within the rules of the game.
“The penalty was dispatched in a different way, nothing else,” the Celta coach said.
“The forwards of Barcelona are voracious in attack. But they play in the same way as always, and are respectful to their opponents.”
“The penalty was within the rules. The goals hurt me more than the way they are converted.”
He further added, “The talent of the Barca players was imposed on us in that second half.”
The Daily Mail UK quoted Barcelona star forward Neymar as saying that Messi’s penalty assist in Sunday night’s encounter was meant for him as they had practised it in the training. He said, “Leo and myself had practiced but Luis was closer and he scored it.”
“Our friendship is the most important thing. It doesn’t matter who scores the goals just that we win the games.”
When Barcelona coach Luis Enrique was asked about the historic second half and the controversial penalty in the post-match conference, he added, “’Historic? No. Historic is winning trophies this was just a very pleasing win.”
“It’s legal way to take a penalty. Some will like it more than others but at this club we are all about trying to win while enjoying ourselves and making our fans enjoy themselves watching spectacular football.”