SI.com Staff
Wednesday November 23rd, 2016

Neymar and Lionel Messi have combined yet again for another beautiful Barcelona goal.

With Barcelona playing in the Champions League group stage at Celtic, the South American stars worked together to give the favored side the early lead. Barcelona worked the ball around the penalty area before Neymar delivered a delicate chip into the box. Messi ran onto it and hit a perfect left-footed shot by Craig Gordon with a first time effort, tucking it inside the left post. 

It marked the sixth time this season that Neymar has assisted Messi on a goal and it was Neymar's seventh assist of this Champions League campaign. 

Messi was denied an assist of his own later in the first half when Gordon made a sensational diving save to deny Luis Suarez on a point-blank header.

He tallied his ninth goal of the competition–leading all players–in the second half, though, scoring from the penalty spot after Suarez was taken down in the box. He also made the race with Cristiano Ronaldo for most Champions League goals of all time more interesting, pulling within three of Ronaldo's tally of 95.

Barcelona, which entered they day leading Manchester City atop Group C by two points, would cement its place in the knockout stage with a victory.

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