Celtic - Leverkusen

Europe: Europa League
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Leverkusen P. Hincapié (25), F. Wirtz (35), L. Alario (Pen. 58), A. Adli (90)

Leverkusen spoil "Paradise Party" in Glasgow with 4-0 win

By Peter Vice

Amid simply sensational scenes in Glasgow's Celtic Park, Bayer 04 Leverkusen spoiled the "Paradise Party" of some 55,000 Celtic fans. 

The visiting Germans may have deserved the win on balance, but some hard luck and sensational saves from Lukas Hradecky rendered the scoreline somewhat misleading. 

Lukas Hradecky.
Lukas Hradecky.Photo: Дмитрий Пукалик/Soccer.ru/CC-by-SA 3.0

With full fan choreography in the stands, an exciting Europa League match kicked off Thursday evening in Glasgow's Celtic Park. Neither team bothered to take any time to feel one another out, with plenty of action taking place inside the 18s during the opening twenty minutes. B04 keeper and captain Lukas Hradecky had to be on hand to make several saves, particularly seeing as how the Scottish hosts were earning a seemingly endless amount of corners.

Somewhat against the run-of-play, an unfortunate slip from David Turnbull in the area allowed Mitchel Bakker to set up Piero Hincapie. The Ecuadorian defender finished off the 25th minute chance for the 1-0. Before the Scots could fully collect themselves, Florian Wirtz slid in a Paulinho cross for the 2-0 ten minutes later. Celtic found it difficult to see out the half without making further mistakes, but it wasn't quite time for the guests to run up the score yet. 

A furious start by Celtic after the restart saw Hradecky have to make three saves in the opening three minutes. A stop on Jota in the 51st seemed almost superhuman. The determined effort from the Celts nevertheless came to nothing as a handball penalty in the 57th allowed Lucas Alario to put die Werkself up 3-0. To their credit, the Scots showed no signs of quit. Substitute Amine Adli tacked on the 4th goal at 90+4.

15Joe Hart
56Anthony Ralston
20Cameron Carter-Vickers
4Carl Starfelt
42Callum McGregor (C) ↩66
14David Turnbull ↩74
11Liel Abada
18Tom Rogić ↩66
17João Filipe
8Kyogo Furuhashi ↩74
1Vasileios Barkas
29Scott Bain
7Giorgos Giakoumakis ↪74
10Albian Ajeti ↪74
5Liam Scales
26Osaze Urhoghide
57Stephen Welsh
6Nir Bitton ↪66
12Ismaila Soro
16James McCarthy ↪66
30Liam Shaw
1Lukáš Hradecky (C)
30Jeremie Frimpong
4Jonathan Tah
33Piero Hincapié
5Mitchel Bakker
20Charles Aránguiz ↩65
10Kerem Demirbay
19Moussa Diaby ↩65
27Florian Wirtz ↩73
7Paulinho ↩78
13Lucas Alario ↩73
40Andrey Lunev
41Maximilian Neutgens
14Patrik Schick ↪73
31Amine Adli ↪73
38Karim Bellarabi ↪65
3Panagiotis Retsos ↪78
6Kossonou Odilon
22Daley Sinkgraven
11Nadiem Amiri ↪65

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