Witness the complete replay and highlights of the Atletico Madrid vs Celtic showdown. This electrifying event is part of the UEFA Champions League 2023/2024, Group E – Matchday 4. The action kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Tuesday, Nov 7, 2023. The referee for this high-stakes match is Ivan Kružliak from Slovakia, and the venue is the prestigious Estádio Cívitas Metropolitano in Madrid. Get ready for a clash of the titans!
Atletico Madrid vs Celtic Full Match Reports
Atlético Madrid delivered a staggering display in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), utterly dominating Celtic in a resounding 6-0 triumph, which elevates Diego Simeone’s squad to the summit of Group E.
Entering the match, Celtic were well aware of the gargantuan challenge that lay ahead, as they had not secured a victory in their previous six UCL away fixtures, and their defense had managed just one clean sheet in their last 34 appearances in the competition. Atlético Madrid wasted no time in asserting their supremacy, seizing the lead in the opening six minutes. A well-placed cross into the Celtic box was expertly intercepted by Antoine Griezmann, who found himself lingering on the edge of the danger zone. His shot, deflected beyond the reach of Joe Hart, nestled into the bottom corner of the net.
Despite falling behind, Celtic appeared to grow into the game and believed they had earned a penalty when Daizen Maeda became entangled with Mario Hermoso while advancing with the ball into the box. However, a VAR review determined that the contact had taken place outside the area, resulting in no spot kick being awarded. Minutes later, the two players became entwined in another incident as the Japanese forward dangerously went in with his studs up on Hermoso’s leg. Initially shown a yellow card, the referee, after consulting the pitchside monitor, opted to upgrade the punishment to a red card—Celtic’s third such dismissal in the UCL this season. The task at hand for Celtic became nearly insurmountable just before halftime when Álvaro Morata poked the ball home after José María Giménez headed it across the face of the goal.
The host team, continuing their relentless pursuit of goals, unleashed a barrage of chances in the second half, while Celtic desperately clung to their defensive fortifications. Giménez came close to adding to their tally, striking the crossbar with a looping header. Eventually, Griezmann put the game beyond doubt with a majestic acrobatic finish, capitalizing on Celtic’s failure to deal with a cross into the box. Atleti’s hunger for goals remained insatiable, as they netted a fourth just after the hour mark. This time it was Samuel Lino who took charge, gliding past defenders on the left wing before unleashing a sublime curling strike into the far corner.
Simeone’s Atleti side has rightfully earned a reputation for grinding out narrow 1-0 victories, often employing pragmatic football that some may find unappealing. However, their fifth goal defied this stereotype entirely. It was the result of an exquisite 24-pass sequence, culminating in Lino chesting the ball toward Morata at the edge of the box. The Spanish striker took a touch and rifled the ball into the top corner—an exquisite team goal that encapsulated their dominance throughout the night. The Spanish outfit added a sixth goal late in the game as Saúl Ñíguez pounced on a loose ball, firing it into the roof of the net. As a result, they find themselves perched atop Group E with two matches remaining, while Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic appear destined to bow out of European competition after a disappointing campaign that has yielded just one point from their first four games.
Man of the Match: Antoine Griezmann (Atlético Madrid).