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Barcelona v Celtic

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 A Spanish sea against a Scottish wall
Which team will win? You’d have to say, the waves
And yet the wall’s composure doesn’t crack
The teenage keeper makes stupendous saves.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 Like torrents crashing down a waterfall
The Catalan attackers pound away;
Like rocks the Celts’ defence block each attack
A salmon leaps and twists amid the spray –

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 The keeper gathers, palms, tips every ball
Defenders check and smother each attempt
(Then give the ball away); we watch the clock
Still the waves come; the Spanish don’t relent.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 We’re watching through our fingers; hopes were small
Without a goal, but neither side can score
The final whistle blows, and we’re in shock
Our throats are aching but our hearts can soar.

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Notes

With several of their best players missing (including their first and second goal keepers) Celtic went to Barcelona defending a slim 1-goal lead. Nineteen year old David Marshall played in goal. The score was 0-0 and Celtic progressed to the quarter finals.

Source: https://footballpoets.org/poems/barcelona-v-celtic/