Enjoy the full match replay and highlights of the exhilarating showdown between Celtic and Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Champions League 2023/2024. This epic clash, which took place on Matchday 3 in Group E, provided fans with an unforgettable spectacle.
The match kicked off at 19:00 GMT on a thrilling Wednesday evening October 25, 2023, igniting the passion of football enthusiasts worldwide. Overseeing this intense battle was the experienced referee, Felix Zwayer, hailing from Germany. The stage was set at the iconic Celtic Park, nestled in the heart of Glasgow.
Relive the excitement, the drama, and the remarkable skills displayed by both teams as they vied for victory in this prestigious tournament. Don’t miss a single moment of this football spectacle that had fans on the edge of their seats.
Celtic vs Atletico Madrid Full Match Reports
Celtic endured a frustrating 2-2 draw against Atlético Madrid at Parkhead, extending their decade-long wait for a UEFA Champions League (UCL) group stage victory.
The match kicked off amidst a spirited Glaswegian atmosphere, and the Bhoys took an early lead within just four minutes. They showcased a beautiful attacking sequence, defying their previous record of only two wins in their last 28 UCL matches. Matt O’Riley received the ball at the edge of the area from Kyogo Furuhashi and elegantly returned it to the Japanese forward, who confidently fired home the opening goal.
Diego Simeone’s Atlético Madrid spent the early stages trying to regain their composure, and after an initial warning shot from Antoine Griezmann, the Frenchman leveled the contest. Following a foul by Greg Taylor on Nahuel Molina in the box, Griezmann’s penalty was initially saved by Joe Hart, but he managed to tuck in the rebound, silencing Celtic Park. However, the parity was short-lived as the determined hosts quickly reclaimed the lead. Luis Palma drove home a powerful effort after being found at the back post by Daizen Maeda.
Celtic pressed to extend their lead but saw Matt O’Riley’s effort saved by Jan Oblak. They also survived a scare before halftime when Axel Witsel’s header was disallowed for an extremely tight offside decision. However, Celtic failed to heed these warnings, and within eight minutes of the second half, Atlético Madrid drew level. Marcos Llorente’s teasing cross was met by a fantastic diving header from Álvaro Morata, expertly placed out of Joe Hart’s reach.
With the match now in the balance, Atlético Madrid took control, and Ángel Correa squandered a golden opportunity to put his side ahead as he shot straight at Joe Hart. The pendulum swung back and forth as Rodrigo De Paul received a second yellow card and was sent off, setting the stage for an intense finish in Glasgow.
Celtic applied pressure but couldn’t break down Atlético Madrid’s resolute defense, extending their wait for a UCL group stage home win to a decade. They face a daunting challenge to qualify, having collected just one point from three matches. In contrast, Atlético Madrid’s struggles on the road in the UCL continued, with a six-match winless streak, but they remain in the top two of Group E.
Man of the Match: Matt O’Riley (Celtic).