World’s most expensive trio outclassed the Scottish champions in the opponent’s den
Celtic 0-5 Paris Saint-Germain
• Neymar (19′)
• Kylian Mbappé (34′)
• Edinson Cavani (40′ PEN, 85′)
• Mikael Lustig (83′ OG)
Celtic failed once again to shine in Europe. It wasn’t quite the 7-0 defeat they suffered on the opening day of last season’s UEFA Champions League campaign, but a 5-0 reverse at home against a polished Paris side still represents a chastening reverse for the Hoops. In fact, it’s Celtic’s worst defeat at home in Europe.
Brazilian star Neymar broke the deadlock on 19th minute followed by the French sensation Kylian Mbappé strike on the 34th minute. The Uruguan ace of the French giants-Edinson Cavani scored from a penalty before the break as the front three of PSG put their name on the scoresheet.
Celtic performed better in the second half but in the dying minutes of the game, Celtic’s talismanic defender Mikael Lustig put through his own net followed by Cavani scoring a header just 2 mins after Celtic’s own goal.
The visitors shared possession, with 60% to Celtic’s 40, but it is in passing where Paris were truly dominant – 859 to Celtic’s 397. Leigh Griffiths, the Celtic strikersaid after the match,”The first half wasn’t good enough. We came out and showed them too much respect and you can’t do that against a team like them or they’ll punish you like they did
We’ve earned the right to be here and tonight we’ve showed that we’ve got a lot to improve on. The main objective is still to be in Europe after Christmas so we’ve still got another five games to put that right.
It’s going to be difficult but we’ll use tonight. We Will look at the positives and the negatives and we’ll work on that.”
Brendan Rodgers, the dejected Celtic managersaid,”I’m not worried about records. Tonight we were playing against world-class opponents, but in the second half – it’s always easy to play at 0-3, I want them to start like that. If we get better we can achieve the main aim, which is European football after Christmas.”
Throughout the match, Unai Emery’s men continued to make Celtic look very ordinary indeed as the clock ticks down and a nightmarish evening for the Hoops and their homecrowd drew to its conclusion.