Barcelona took on Celtic in the first game of their pre-season in Ireland and triumphed by 3 goals to 1. Arda Turan opened the scoring with a magnificent curling effort from outside the box in the 11th minute following a piece of brilliant skill by Aleix Vidal on the right wing.
Leigh Griffins then equalized in the 29th minute following a horrific piece of defending by debutante Jose Antonio Martinez. Martinez failed to control a pass from goalkeeper Jordi Masip with his first touch and Griffins pounced to finish.The parity was short lived after Efe Ambrose turned in a cross from Juan Camara in the 31st minute. Munir el Haddadi then put the match beyond reach in the 41st minute with a simple finish following a Luis Suarez cutback.
The game quietened down after halftime with the the substitution of several of the first team players who started and there was no more scoring after the interval.Highlights of the game can be seen here.
Lineup (4-3-3): Jordi Masip: Aleix Vidal; Jose Martinez; Jeremy Mathieu; Camara: Denis Suarez; Sergi Roberto; Arda Turan: Lionel Messi; Luis Suarez; Munir el Haddadi
Substitutes: Subs: J.Suárez (Masip 77), Josep Martínez (Jose Martinez 77), Borja, Gumbau (Munir 77), Samper (Messi 45), Aleñá (Denis Suarez 61), Tello, Carbonell (Arda 61), Marlon (Mathieu 61), Mujica (Sergi Roberto 61), Nili (Camara 77), Alfaro (Suarez 61).