Celtic’s UCL Rivals round-up: disappointing start continues, fan trouble and Derby delight

Celtic fans have been watching curiously to the progress of their European rivals – Atletico Madrid, Lazio and Feyenoord. After Matchday One during the week of the UEFA Champions League, Feyenoord were 2-0 winners against Celtic whilst Lazio drew with Atletico Madrid.

While Celtic were 3-0 winners against Livingston on Saturday at the Tony Macaroni Arena, the Italians struggled to a home draw whilst Feyenoord and Atletico were on top of their respective derbies but only the Madrid Derby came to an end. The game between Ajax and Feyenoord ended in crowd trouble from the home fans.

Lazio 1 Monza 1

Ciro Immobile scored from the spot by R. Gagliardini pulled one back to share the points. The Romans sit in 15th position with five points in five games, a troubling start to the season for Maurizio Sarri.

Ajax 0 Feyenoord 3 – match abandoned

Feyenoord travelled to Amsterdam to take on Ajax in the latest instalment of Die Klassiker. The match was suspended numerous times and then finally abandoned after home fans took poorly to the fact that they were 3-0 down and showing no signs of coming back into the game. Arne Slot’s team were good value and they have now placed significant pressure on their rivals, who were forced to rely upon riot police to disperse the baying crowd.

AMSTERDAM – Ajax supporters throw fireworks on the field during the Dutch Eredivisie match between Ajax and Feyenoord at the Johan Cruijff ArenA on September 24, 2023 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. ANP OLAF KRAAK

Atletico Madrid 3 Real Madrid 1

Diego Simeone’s side were the winners in the Madrid Derby after a double from Morata and one from Greizmann gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side a thrashing. Two goals in the first fifteen minutes stunned Real but they pulled one back thanks to a fine strike from Toni Kroos. With half time coming, Rudiger was adjudged to be offside as the ball ended up in the net. However, Simeone’s side started the second half as the started the first with a goal from the Spanish striker. Incidentally, all three of their goals came from headers. Celtic face Atletico on Wednesday 25 October (H) and Tuesday 7 November (A).

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

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