Messi gives set-piece masterclass as Barca outclass Celta 4-1

first_imgBARCELONA (Reuters) – Lionel Messi scored two exquisite free kicks as he netted his first hat-trick of the season in a 4-1 win over Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou on Saturday which took Barcelona back to the top of La Liga after a difficult week.Barca’s captain coolly converted a penalty to put the champions ahead in the 23rd minute but gave away a foul in a dangerous area which led to Lucas Olaza levelling for Celta with an outstanding strike from a free kick in the 42nd.But Messi restored Barca’s lead right before halftime with a stunning free kick of his own, curling the ball into the top corner.He conjured up an almost identical strike at the start of the second half to complete his treble and match Cristiano Ronaldo’s record of 34 hat-tricks in Spain’s top flight. Sergio Busquets struck a fourth goal in the 85th to round off a first win for Barca in three games, after falling to a shock 3-1 defeat at Levante last week in La Liga and drawing 0-0 at home to Slavia Prague in the Champions League.“We have a very big advantage, we have the best player in the world on our side who is also the best at taking free kicks,” said Busquets in praise of Messi. “Little by little he has been improving at free kicks, he used to find them hard. Having him around gives us a real boost.”Barca lead the standings on 25 points after 12 games, level with second-placed Real Madrid who eased to a 4-0 win at Eibar. Despite going into the weekend within striking distance of top spot, the Catalans have had an uneasy campaign which hit a new low this week as players were booed off the pitch following the goalless draw at home against Slavia.There was a subdued atmosphere at the Camp Nou on Saturday and close to 30,000 seats were left empty.Celta were playing their first game under former Barca player Oscar Garcia, after Fran Escriba was sacked following four consecutive defeats. The visitors did well to contain Barca in the opening stages until Messi took advantage from the penalty spot but howls of frustration could be heard across the ground after Olaza’s superb equaliser.As has so often been the case, it was up to Messi to lift the mood again.“With Messi anything is possible,” said Barca coach Valverde.“He dominates the art of free kick taking, and opponents know they cannot afford to give away fouls near our area. When they do, we try to take advantage.” The coach also underlined how important it was that his side got back to winning ways.“When you lose a game it’s always important to win the next one, especially at a club like ours. The other day we had a painful defeat and we had to win today,” he said.last_img read more


first_imgCathal and Emma get the beers in!An Inishowen woman doesn’t have to shy away from buying her round after opening up her own brewery.Emma Devlin, from Malin Head, has just launched Rascal’s Brewing Co in Dublin along with her partner Cathal O’Donoghue.The couple met in Australia, fell in love and decided to return to Ireland to give their new business a real go. Minister of Tourism, Transport and Sport, Leo Varadkar attended the launch of Rascal’s Brewing Co. in Dublin recently.The couple now produce a range of‘Bold Irish beer’, three of which were showcased at the launch – Ginger Porter, Big Hop Red and Wit Woo (a Belgian wheat beer).Taking place at The Mart in Rathmines, the launch was attended by craft beer lovers from all walks of life.Emma said “Rascal’s was born out of our love of craft beer, which we discovered some years ago while living in New Zealand. When we moved home, we invested in home-brew equipment and began brewing with all-grain and fresh leaf hops. “2013 was a very successful year for us as we won two competitions with our beers, Belgian Wit and Ginger Porter. This boosted our confidence and things developed from there.“We find that people are bored of mainstream, mass-marketed lagers – they’re turning to craft beers because they give quality and value for money in terms of flavour. There’s also that wonderful sense of discovering something new.’Adding to this, Emma’s partner and co-founder, Cathal O’Donoghue said: Rascal’s is about brewing craft beer with a little something extra – which they call BOLD IRISH BEER.“We like to brew with unusual ingredients like ginger, as in our current beer, Ginger Porter. We’re a small brewery, 950L batches, and this small scale allows us to be more experimental, which is something we love. Our plan is to brew a variety of seasonal ales and not focus on the core supply as much as other breweries. We want to keep things interesting for the customer and for ourselves, as brewers.”Rascal’s Brewing Co. now supplies its beers to pubs across Dublin including The Norseman, The Black sheep, 57 The Headline, and Blackbird. Emma and Cathal have big plans for the brand and hope to sell Rascal’s beer across the island of Ireland by the end of the year.For more information on Rascal’s Brewing Co. visit Facebook or Twitter FOR THE BEERS! DONEGAL WOMAN OPENS HER OWN BREWERY! was last modified: June 23rd, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Emma DevlinMalin HeadRascal’s Brewing Colast_img read more