UEFA Champions League: Gerardo Martino blames intensity on first Barcelona defeat

Barca still top Group H and need just a point against already eliminated Celtic in the final game at the Camp Nou to ensure the finish as group winners.

updated: November 27, 2013 09:46 IST
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Amsterdam: Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino admitted his side may have taken their eye off the ball having already qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League as they lost for the first time this season 2-1 away to Ajax on Tuesday.

The Catalans were blown away by the hosts in the first-half as goals from Thulani Serero and Danny Hoessen gave them a 2-0 lead.

Barcelona were handed a lifeline at the beginning of the second period as Joel Veltman was sent-off for bringing down Neymar inside the area and Xavi halved the deficit from the resulting penalty.

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