• Babajide EverBlazin

Madrid show class to sink Celtic battlers in Champions League opener

Real Madrid have started off the defence of their Champions League title in fine fashion after what ended up being a comfortable victory.

As envisaged by Ancelloti prior to the clash, Celtic took the game to Real Madrid, feeding off an electric atmosphere in Glasgow and going toe-to-toe in midfield. It nearly paid dividends, with Callum McGregor hitting the post and Liel Abada missing a very presentable opportunity.

Los Blancos’ biggest worry was the fact that Karim Benzema limped off on the half-hour mark – a nervous wait for his diagnosis will ensue for both the club and fans. His replacement Eden Hazard missed their best chance of the first half, scuffing his shot in the six-yard box.

Daizen Maeda pardoned Real Madrid early in the second half and that was a let-off too far for Ange Postecoglou’s outfit. Shortly after Fede Valverde broke down the right side and teed up Vinicius Junior for the opener. Less than four minutes later, Luka Modric doubled the lead.

Now in cruise control, Los Blancos put together a 33-pass move, finished by Eden Hazard via Dani Carvajal. The Belgian was involved in all three goals and rounded off a good performance with his first Champions League goal from open play in five years.

Ultimately strolling to victory, Los Blancos maintained their perfect record in all competitions this term, while also recording just a second victory from seven prior visits to the British Isles since October 2014.

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