The SPL side were unable to match the Spanish champions in the friendly match in Dublin, despite Leigh Griffiths levelling the game in the first half
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez made their first Barcelona appearances of pre-season as the Catalans started their International Champions Cup campaign with a 3-1 victory over Celtic in Dublin.
Argentina superstar Messi, playing for the first time since missing a penalty in Argentina’s Copa America final shootout defeat to Chile, managed 45 minutes while Suarez – top scorer in LaLiga last term – lasted until the hour mark.
Barca were already 3-1 up at half-time. Arda Turan’s excellent strike and a comical own goal from Efe Ambrose, either side of Leigh Griffiths taking advantage of some woeful defending, put Barca 2-1 ahead before Munir El Haddadi was also on the scoresheet before half-time.
All in all it was a good workout by the LaLiga champions, who took their foot off the gas somewhat after the break, and they next meet Premier League holders Leicester City on Wednesday.
Luis Enrique fielded an experimental back-line and a misunderstanding between centre-back pairing Jose Martinez and Jeremy Mathieu almost handed Celtic the lead within 15 seconds, with Patrick Roberts aiming after picking up the loose ball .
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