Disastrous Celtic demolished by Atlético as the Spanish side go top of Group E
It was a night to forget for Celtic as a ruthless Atlético Madrid put six past the Scottish side in a match that will likely put an end to their Champions League campaign.
Despite a positive start from Celtic, it was Atlético who opened the scoring. Lurking on the edge of the area, Antoine Griezmann took a shot that deflected off Cameron Carter-Vickers into the far corner.
More misery for Celtic after the goal as Daizen Maeda caught Hermoso while trying to steal the ball. VAR got involved, as always, and the referee was called over to the monitor to review the tackle. After watching the replay, Maeda was shown a straight red card.
Minutes later, Álvaro Morata almost leveled the scoring. He nudged a Luis Palma corner towards his own net but Oblak reacted quickly to push it away.
The referee reached for his pocket again when Palma was shown a yellow for dissent. The booking means that he will miss the away match against Lazio.
Although Celtic tried to keep the scoreline at 1-0 going into half-time, Atlético were relentless. Celtic captain Callum McGregor tried to clear the ball, but it fell to Griezmann. The Frenchman sent the ball to Gimenez, whose header fell to Morata, who tapped it into the net.
Griezmann showed his class as he got his second in the 60th minute. Alistair Johnston failed to clear the ball and Griezmann reacted quickly to strike the ball past Hart.
Six minutes later, Samuel Lino beat Johnston on the wing before unleashing a beautiful shot that curved past Hart and into the top corner.
Making it even worse for the Hoops, Morata struck the ball from the edge of the area to score a fifth for his side.
And to end the night, Saúl Ñíguez slammed it into the net from close range.
A night to forget for Celtic as their Champions League misery continues. The Celts would have gone into this thinking that they had a chance after putting in a fantastic performance against Atlético at Celtic Park.
The sad reality for Celtic fans is that many of them dread Champions League nights due to the sheer embarrassment suffered in the competition over the years. A lot of fans feel as though the board are letting them down and that lack of investment is going to mean that the club will never be able to compete on the European stage.
Questionable decisions from the referee didn’t help the Hoops as Maeda was given his marching orders for a challenge that most think should have been a yellow. Palma being booked, a yellow that means he misses the game against Lazio, for dissent is another to add to the list as Atlético players surrounded the referee at every opportunity and weren’t once given a card for it.
That’s all in the past though as we look ahead to league action. Celtic return to Celtic Park this Sunday where they play Aberdeen in the Scottish Premiership. Atlético are home to Villarreal on the same day.
In the Champions League, Atlético are away to Feyenoord, while Celtic visit Lazio. Both matches will take place on the 28th of November, with Celtic having the early kick-off and Atlético playing later.
Elsewhere in the group today, Ciro Immobile scored on the brink of half-time as Lazio managed to secure a 1-0 victory at home to Feyenoord. Atlético now sit at the top of Group E. Celtic remain at the bottom of the group, with their Champions League campaign all but over, as they would need five points to move into third place.