This a match up of two Group E teams, Scottish side Celtic, and Spanish super power, Barcelona. This is clearly the marquee match up of the day. From a marketing stand point it is the one game with two of the most marketable clubs in the United States. Second it has the star power of Lionel Messi and newcomer Neymar, who impressed and found himself in highlight countdowns this summer for his play in the Confederations Cup.
Aside from that, it has the most compelling story line of the day. Last year Celtic and Barcelona were paired up in group play and Barcelona lost to Celtic in Glasgow. A teenager scored a huge goal to give Celtic a 2-0 lead over Barcelona before they pulled one goal back.
Date: October 1
Start Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Stadium: Celtic Park
TV Info: FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes
Radio Info: Sirius XM FC Channel 94
Live Stream: FOX Soccer 2Go
Unfortunately for Barcelona, Messi won’t be available for the match-up. He is out with a thigh injury.
“Without Messi we will have to take more responsibility,” Cesc Fabregas said, via ESPN FC. “I think we all have to step up and make sure that we don’t feel his absence, and show we can play great football without him.”
It could be the opportunity Neymar needs to make his presence felt on the biggest stage in soccer.
“He is a very talented player, very quick and has the skills to get away from you easily,” Fabregas said. “He is already a star but this boy will have a lot to say in the future of football.
“It is up to him. Everything is in his hands. He came here to learn, to compete, to fight, to grow up as a player and a person. He is still a boy and in the future we will be talking about him as one of the greatest.”
Barcelona could be vulnerable for upset in Glasgow again.