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Martino lauds ´amazing´ Neymar

12 December 2013 00:04

Gerardo Martino heaped praise on Neymar after the forward scored a hat-trick in Barcelona's 6-1 UEFA Champions League thrashing of Celtic.

The Brazil international became the first player to score trebles in both the Copa Libertadores and the Champions League as he struck three times in 14 minutes during a sparkling display.

Neymar has now found the net eight times in all competitions since joining Barca from Santos in June.

And Martino was quick to hail the 21-year-old for his contribution to an excellent performance from the Catalan club on Wednesday.

"Neymar didn't start well, had to adapt to the centre-forward position, but after the first goal he showed what he can do," said Barcelona's coach.

"What amazes me most about Neymar is how he's involved with the team, how he helps to recover balls - that's rare for such a player."

Martino felt Barca delivered their most complete showing of the season against Celtic, and is hopeful his side can continue to perform at the same level.

"I think this was our most complete game this season," he added.

"I'm especially happy that we could keep up the level for a long time.

"Our goal is to play every game like we played tonight."

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6 - 1

Competition
UEFA Champions League
Date
11 December 2013
Game week
6
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
3 - 0
Full-time
6 - 1
Venue
Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Attendance
54342

Goals

Piqué 7'  
1 - 0
Pedro 39'
(assist by Neymar) 
2 - 0
Neymar 44'
(assist by Martín Montoya) 
3 - 0
Neymar 48'
(assist by Xavi) 
4 - 0
Neymar 58'  
5 - 0
Tello 72'
(assist by Adriano Correia) 
6 - 0
6 - 1
88' G. Samaras
 (assist by C. Mulgrew)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
13
21
3 7'
2
14
6
16
24 41'
9
7 39'
11 44' 48' 58'
Coach: G. Martino

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
20 72'
17
29
5
8
25
18
# Player Bookings
21
15
10
17
24
37
41

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