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2 vs 1
Played
October 22, 2013 7:45 PM BST
Celtic Park — Glasgow
Referee:‬ I. Bebek‎
Attendance:‬ 58719‎
 
45′ (PG) James Forrest
Lasse Schöne 90+4′
54′ Beram Kayal
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Celtic 2-1 Ajax

The Scottish champions claim all three points despite Lasse Schone's late strike, as James Forrest and Beram Kayal help to secure Celtic's first Group H victory

By Matthew Harold

  • Fraser Forster
    8
    1
    4.00

    Fraser Forster Top of the Match

    Almost had an early slip-up when he dropped the ball in front of two Ajax forwards, but managed to retrieve the situation. Despite Ajax having numerous chances, he was rarely troubled.

  • E. Izaguirre
    3
    1
    3.00

    E. Izaguirre

    Got caught out far too many times, as he either was too far forward, or was squeezed into the middle, allowing space for the visitors on the right. But moving forward, he did look dangerous with some of his crosses into the box.

  • E. Ambrose
    2
    2
    3.00

    E. Ambrose

    Starting to look more comfortable for the Hoops than he did at the start of the season, putting in some really good challenges to keep Ajax at bay. Still had a couple of heart in mouth moments, but was bailed out by Van Dijk.

  • Virgil van Dijk
    3
    2
    3.50

    Virgil van Dijk

    The Dutch defender was a colossus, looking assured throughout and able and willing at times to move forward and support the players in front of him.

  • Charles Mulgrew
    3
    1
    3.00

    Charles Mulgrew

    Done a lot of the heavy lifting for Celtic as he filled in for the suspended Scott Brown, helping to guard the back four with Kayal. Also doubled up as a left-back when Izaguirre was caught out of position. Then moved to the central of defence after Lustig went off.

  • M. Lustig
    1
    1
    2.50

    M. Lustig

    When he was afforded the space to move forward he looked crisp with his crossing from the right wing. Also able to fulfil his defensive obligations, making sure that the visitors did not have the free reign of the right hand side. Was replaced by Biton late on.

  • Beram Kayal
    2
    1
    3.00

    Beram Kayal

    Made a wonderful challenge in the first half to prevent his side from going behind as they were caught on the counter-attack. Was somewhat fortunate to see his long-range strike deflect off Denswil for the Hoops' second of the night. Replaced by Ledley.

  • James Forrest
    6
    1
    3.50

    James Forrest

    A menace for Blind throughout, as he tried to use his pace to get by the Dutch defender and set up his attacking team-mates. Showed great composure to fire home the penalty, despite a lengthy delay before getting to take it.

  • Georgios Samaras
    7
    1
    3.50

    Georgios Samaras

    Carved open the left wing at times with his trickery and had a couple of chances to score, but was unable to find the target. Was still willing to keep pushing forward throughout the game.

  • Anthony Stokes
    3
    1
    3.00

    Anthony Stokes

    Showed some great movement at times, giving Denswil numerous problems that resulted in the defender hauling him down for a penalty. Had a couple of efforts to get a goal himself.

  • Teemu Pukki
    1
    2
    2.50

    Teemu Pukki

    Was not as effective as Stokes, as he rarely had sustained possession in which he could create chances to get on the scoresheet.

Substitutions

  • Nir Biton
    0
    4
    1.50

    Nir Biton

    Replaced Lustig who had started to tire and was sent off minutes later for a challenge on Serero.

  • Joe Ledley
    2
    2
    2.50

    Joe Ledley

    Came on for Kayal as Celtic looked to see out the game.

  • Amido Baldé
    0
    2
    2.50

    Amido Baldé

    Brought on in injury time.

  • Jasper Cillessen
    3
    0
    3.00

    Jasper Cillessen

    Looked nervous early on, but managed to gain his composure and was more than happy to pass his way out of danger, rather than launching the ball up the park. Could do nothing with either goal.

  • Ricardo van Rhijn
    1
    1
    2.50

    Ricardo van Rhijn

    Found marking Samaras tricky, as the Greek striker constantly went inside and out of the full back. But when he was able to move forward he provided vital attacking support to those in front of him. Substituted for Schone.

  • Daley Blind
    2
    0
    3.00

    Daley Blind

    Was comfortable when on the ball, looking to find the pass whenever available and also did well at dealing with the pace of Forrest on the wing.

  • Stefano Denswil
    2
    2
    2.00

    Stefano Denswil

    Made a huge mistake on the stroke of half-time, as he brought down Stokes inside the box to give Celtic a penalty. Then compounded his error early in the second half when he was the wrong man in the wrong place to deflect Kayal’s strike into his own goal.

  • Joël Veltman
    2
    1
    3.00

    Joël Veltman

    Had the job of marking Pukki and helped keep the Finnish international quiet for the most part. Did not allow him the space he needed in order to create openings for the home side.

  • Christian Poulsen
    4
    0
    3.00

    Christian Poulsen

    Was the deep-lying player for the visitors, coming to collect the ball from the goalkeeper and did well at distributing possession throughout the park. Had a golden opportunity to put his side ahead in the first half but his strike cannoned off the post. Was taken off for Boilesen.

  • Siem de Jong
    1
    2
    2.00

    Siem de Jong

    When he was afforded space by the Celtic midfield he looked extremely dangerous as he attempted to pick out Sigthorsson, who was leading the lead. Also helped in keeping his area tight against fewer Celtic players.

  • Thulani Serero
    0
    2
    2.00

    Thulani Serero

    Was not as lively as the other midfielders in his side, but when he was on the ball he looked composed and assured in possession. Had a great chance to put his side level after the break, but was thwarted by Forster.

  • Viktor Fischer
    2
    5
    1.00

    Viktor Fischer Flop of the Match

    Some beautiful creativity from by the 19-year-old Dane as he moved in and out of the space afforded to him between the Celtic defence and midfield. Could not find the finish that would have helped his side. Replaced by De Sa.

  • Kolbeinn Sigthórsson
    0
    2
    2.00

    Kolbeinn Sigthórsson

    Had a few chances, but could not seem to get a proper angle for the finish, being moved out wide at times as a result of the pressure exerted by the home defence.

  • Lucas Andersen
    3
    1
    2.50

    Lucas Andersen

    Gave Izaguirre a torrid time down the Ajax right wing, as he continually pressured the left-back, putting him on the back foot and getting in behind the Honduran when he was caught up field.

Substitutions

  • N. Boilesen
    1
    1
    2.50

    N. Boilesen

    Came on for Poulsen as Ajax chased the game.

  • Lasse Schöne
    4
    1
    3.00

    Lasse Schöne

    Came on for Van Rhijn as the visitors started to get desperate. Duly got a goal deep into injury time

  • Lesley de Sa
    1
    2
    2.00

    Lesley de Sa

    Replaced Fischer with quarter of an hour left but made little impact.

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