Nine-player Celtic fall to Feyenoord defeat in CL opener

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Match report as Feyenoord beat Celtic 2-0 in their Champions League opener; Calvin Stengs’ free-kick put the hosts ahead; Gustaf Lagerbielke was sent off with Thiago Odin Holm also shown red; Alireza Jahanbakhsh made it 2-0; Feyenoord also missed a penalty and had two goals disallowed

Alison Conroy

Digital Sports Journalist @AlisonGConroy

Tuesday 19 September 2023 22:17, UK

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 19: Celtic's Odin Thiago Holm receives a red card for a high challenge during a UEFA Champions League Group E Match between Feyenoord and Celtic at Stadion Feijenoord De Kuip, on September 19, 2023, in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Paul Devlin / SNS Group)

Image: Celtic were reduced to nine players against Feyenoord

Celtic’s second-half implosion saw them reduced to nine players against Feyenoord as they once again failed to claim a Champions League away win.

They started brightly and had Daizen Maeda threaten early, but Calvin Stengs’ free-kick stunned the Hoops just before half-time.

That sparked the Dutch champions into life and Gustaf Lagerbielke conceded a penalty and was shown a second yellow card before Joe Hart saved the spot kick.

The night then went from bad to worse with substitute Odin Thoago Holm shown a straight red for a reckless challenge.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh wrapped up the win for Feyenoord who also had efforts disallowed either side of that goal.

More to follow…

What’s next?

Saturday 23rd September 12:00pm Kick off 12:30pm

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Celtic return to Scottish Premiership action on Saturday at Livingston, live on Sky Sports. Kick-off 12.30pm.

Their next Champions League match is at home to Lazio on October 4. Kick-off 8pm.

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