Celtic 0-5 Paris St-Germain

Neymar scores for Paris St-Germain against Celtic in the Champions League

Celtic sustained their heaviest ever home European defeat as Neymar led the way for Paris St-Germain in the Champions League group stage opener.

The world’s most expensive player coolly finished and then had a hand in PSG’s second, which was finished emphatically by Kylian Mbappe.

Edinson Cavani converted a penalty for the visitors’ third before the break.

Mikael Lustig’s own goal was followed by Cavani’s second of the night, a superb diving header.

Elsewhere in Group B, hosts Bayern Munich won 3-0 against Anderlecht, who had a man sent off.

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Celtic have hosted many of the great powerhouses of European football in Glasgow over the years, but even those with the longest memories would probably struggle to recall a side as devastating as PSG.

Their speed of thought, speed of movement, accuracy and imagination was extraordinary. Their confidence on the ball – even when playing intricate passes in their own penalty area to get out of trouble – was a joy.

Quality on this scale costs big-time, of course. The biggest compliment you can pay the visitors is that they looked every inch the half-billion-pound team they are.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers went with young Tony Ralston at right-back with Lustig playing centre-half. Ralston was keen as mustard, biting into tackles on Neymar, but this was a night when enthusiasm and heart were not much use to Celtic.

Unai Emery’s visitors had the ball in the net after 15 minutes but Cavani was offside. It was a warning to Celtic, not that it was needed. The subtlety of PSG’s play was not something they could cope with. Soon, the doors started opening for the visitors.

Celtic had legitimate gripes about a foul on Scott Sinclair moments earlier, but when PSG countered it was precise and beautiful. Adrien Rabiot, relatively unsung in this team of stars but sensationally good on the night, played Neymar in behind Ralston and the Brazilian thumped his shot past Craig Gordon.

Kylian Mbappe scores for Paris St-Germain against Celtic<!–

There were less than 20 minutes on the clock and all sorts of trouble was heading Celtic’s way. They actually had some moments of optimism before PSG’s second, Leigh Griffiths forcing a save from Alphonse Areola with a free-kick.

This modicum of Celtic hope was soon batted away. It was as if PSG were telling them that if they had the temerity to come out and attack there might be a heavy price to pay for it at the other end.

The second came, Neymar at the heart of it again, of course. It was he who started the move and when Marco Verratti put in a cross from the right, it was Neymar who made the run – Celtic had not a notion where he was – and then nodded across goal. Cavani had a fresh-air swipe but lurking in behind him was Mbappe, who thumped in the second.

A goal apiece for PSG’s monster summer signings – and then a third for their principal goalscorer, Cavani. It was painfully soft from Celtic’s perspective. A cross from Neymar, a push by Jozo Simunovic on Cavani and a penalty duly rifled home by the Uruguay striker.

The Celtic fans who were not open-mouthed at PSG’s class by now were covering their eyes at the thought of what might happen next. They had no idea that the next moment would be so shocking – and, inevitably, so damaging.

A spectator ran on to the pitch, was allowed to make his way towards Mbappe and then appeared to aim a kick at the winger. Celtic fans booed him, but the damage was done.

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It was a moronic moment, an incident that governing body Uefa, correctly, will investigate. Heavy punishment is coming Celtic’s way, that’s a guarantee.

Rodgers brought on Tom Rogic for Stuart Armstrong at the break and, at last, Celtic got some respite. Griffiths should have done better with a header, Ralston had a fine run and Sinclair had a shot saved by Areola.

PSG, in truth, were in relaxed mood through all of this. When they decided to get busy again they came close to adding more goals.

Neymar missed two excellent chances before Rabiot’s replacement Julian Draxler bamboozled Sinclair and crossed only for the unlucky Lustig to turn it into his own net.

Cavani’s magnificent angled header across goal and into Gordon’s net made it five.

A historic thumping against the super-rich, lavishly brilliant visitors, a team that will, surely, make a major assault on Real Madrid’s grip on the Champions League trophy.

Match stats

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  • Celtic have now failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their past 20 Champions League games, conceding 48 goals along the way.
  • The Scottish side have not won a group stage match in the competition since October 2013.
  • Celtic have never won their opening group stage match in the Champions League.
  • Since season 2003-04, Neymar has been involved in more goals against Celtic than any other player against any other team in that time (12 – five goals, seven assists).
  • Kylian Mbappe is the first ever teenager to score in the Champions League for two different clubs (Monaco and PSG) and is the youngest ever scorer for both sides.
  • No other player has scored more goals in the Champions League as a teenager than Mbappe (seven – level with Patrick Kluivert).
  • Edinson Cavani is now PSG’s all-time leading scorer in the Champions League with 22.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 56RalstonBooked at 53mins
  • 23Lustig
  • 5SimunovicBooked at 39mins
  • 63Tierney
  • 7RobertsSubstituted forForrestat 78′minutes
  • 21Ntcham
  • 8Brown
  • 14ArmstrongSubstituted forRogicat 45′minutes
  • 11Sinclair
  • 9GriffithsSubstituted forEdouardat 69′minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Bitton
  • 18Rogic
  • 22Edouard
  • 24de Vries
  • 35Ajer
  • 42McGregor
  • 49Forrest

Paris SG

  • 16Areola
  • 32Dani Alves
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 20Kurzawa
  • 6Verratti
  • 8Motta
  • 25RabiotSubstituted forDraxlerat 61′minutes
  • 29MbappeSubstituted forLo Celsoat 84′minutes
  • 9Cavani
  • 10NeymarBooked at 76mins

Substitutes

  • 1Trapp
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 7Lucas Moura
  • 12Meunier
  • 17Berchiche Izeta
  • 18Lo Celso
  • 23Draxler
Referee:
Daniele Orsato

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamParis SG
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home5
Away5

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 0, Paris Saint Germain 5.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 0, Paris Saint Germain 5.

Attempt saved. Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Thiago Motta.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Anthony Ralston.

Attempt saved. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 0, Paris Saint Germain 5. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) header from the right side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Layvin Kurzawa with a cross.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Giovani Lo Celso replaces Kylian Mbappe.

Goal!

Own Goal by Mikael Lustig, Celtic. Celtic 0, Paris Saint Germain 4.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. James Forrest replaces Patrick Roberts.

Offside, Celtic. Kieran Tierney tries a through ball, but Odsonne Edouard is caught offside.

Booking

Neymar (Paris Saint Germain) is shown the yellow card.

Neymar (Paris Saint Germain).

(Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Celtic. Olivier Ntcham tries a through ball, but Odsonne Edouard is caught offside.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Dani Alves (Paris Saint Germain) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Neymar (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Kylian Mbappe.

Attempt blocked. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neymar.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Odsonne Edouard replaces Leigh Griffiths.

Attempt missed. Neymar (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Julian Draxler.

Corner, Paris Saint Germain. Conceded by Anthony Ralston.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Alphonse Areola.

Attempt saved. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Olivier Ntcham.

Attempt blocked. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Leigh Griffiths.

Substitution

Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Julian Draxler replaces Adrien Rabiot.

Layvin Kurzawa (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

Booking

Anthony Ralston (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Thiago Motta (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Ralston (Celtic).

Attempt missed. Adrien Rabiot (Paris Saint Germain) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Neymar.

Foul by Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain).

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins Celtic 0, Paris Saint Germain 3.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Tomas Rogic replaces Stuart Armstrong.

Half Time

First Half ends, Celtic 0, Paris Saint Germain 3.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Alphonse Areola.

Attempt saved. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Kieran Tierney.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 0, Paris Saint Germain 3. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

goal

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