Barcelona capitalized on the needless sending-off of Celtic captain Scott Brown to overcome the plucky Scottish champions 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Cesc Fabregas grabbing a 75th-minute winner.
Missing the injured Lionel Messi, Barca produced a flat performance at the ground where it memorably lost in last year's group stage but the game turned when Brown was given a straight red card in the 59th minute for kicking out at Neymar.
Celtic's overworked defense failed to hold out for the final half hour as Fabregas headed a cross by substitute Alexis Sanchez into the corner, earning the Spanish giants a second straight victory in Group H, having already beaten Ajax 4-0.
Celtic lost its first group match, 2-0 at AC Milan, and already has an uphill battle to reach the knockout stage.
Barca's win will help partially erase the memory of last season's shock defeat at Celtic Park but the result was in the balance before Brown's red card.
At first glance, the decision se...