Ter Stegen left to rue horrible howler in Barcelona defeat

The German's second-half blunder gifted Celta Vigo their final goal in Los Azulgranas' 4-3 LaLiga loss to the Galicians on Sunday night.

Ter Stegen left to rue horrible howler in Barcelona defeat
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Balaídos once again proved the scene of a chastening night for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen as Los Azulgranas fell to defeat to Celta Vigo in LaLiga on Sunday.

Ter Stegen had to pick the ball out of his net four times in Vigo for the second straight season - with Celta's final goal coming courtesy of a horrendous gaffe from the German.

Second-half clanger with Barça fighting back

Ter Stegen is building up an ever-growing reputation for mishaps as a result of the risks he takes with ball at feet, and in the 77th minute he added another to his collection.

Having been 3-0 down at half time, Barça had pulled two back in the second half and were looking odds on to level the match when left-back Jordi Alba played a pass to Ter Stegen, who was standing on the edge of his six-yard box.

Ter Stegen controls Alba's backpass and assesses his options as Hernández closes him down.

Hernández the beneficiary of misjudged pass out

The custodian took a touch and, with Celta's Pablo Hernández moving in from Alba's left flank to close him down, opted to attempt to chip the ball back to the defender.

However, the 24-year-old succeeded only in firing it straight at Hernández, the ball richoteting off his head and into the net to put Celta 4-2 up.

He tries to chip the ball back to Alba, but hits Hernández...and he watches in horror as it bounces back into his own net.

Gerard Piqué later reduced the arrears with his second goal of the evening, but Luis Enrique's men were unable to find a equaliser as it ended 4-3 in Galicia.

"We lost because of my mistake"

"I'm really sorry for the team, who fought really hard," Ter Stegen said post-match. "If I hadn't made that mistake, we might have won the game."

"I think that we lost because of my mistake," he admitted. 

Hernández celebrates Celta's fourth goal as Ter Stegen is left to lament his gaffe.