Celtic 2- 1 Lazio
Well what a night that was!
Sheer beautiful bedlam!
It all began with a lovely start having us all prepared for quite a nights football.
After a half hour of back and forward rough and tumble, it was looking like it might be one of those nights.
A night were the wily intelligence of the Italian side would be matched by the dogged determination of the Scots outfit.
10 mins later and the Italians were in front. From a move started by Celtic pushing up the park.
A quick few passes and Lazzari was racing down the right hand side and blasting the ball passed a stricken Forster.
I have to admit I shouted a few expletives about the keeper at that point…what do I know?
The half time whistle duly came and Celtic fans thoughts began to wonder just how would Neil Lennons side turn this around.
The answer came in the form of Ryan Christie.
After his SPFL rest, Christie had seemed off the boil in the first half against Lazio but that opening 45 was only him shaking off the rustiness.
The Bhoy Wonder that is Christieano ran, harried, passed, tackled and chased all over the final 3rd. Lazio were not allowed to settle and had to hope of a few breaks for their chances. Thankfully when they got chances, they either saw Corra hit the post, Immobile screwed a well worked shot wide or they met with the wonderful Fraser Forster who blocked and saved like a world beater.( Hypocrite CSC – Ed)
At the other end though, Christie curled in the equaliser after some great play from Eddy
And how they both embraced in celebration.
Celtic were now going for it and fair play to Lenny who lost both full backs and threw on Johnny Hayes and Nir Bitton and went to a 3 at the back in search of more attacking options. Amazingly that attacking option was Scott Brown. His shot from 25 yards went out for a corner and from a perfect 89 minute cross from Christie, up rose Jullien to head perfectly into the bottom corner.
Cue madness in the stands and in the corner as players celebrated.
The game wasn’t quite over though and with a minute to go, Celtic were backed in and trying to clear..the ball fell to Cataldi who hit the perfect volley towards the top corner. Sadly for the Italians, up flew Fraser Forster ( never in doubt) to save the 3 points.
The ref blew for the final whistle and grown men ( in the Stands and on the Pitch) and women and kids hugged, cheered, cried and smiled…a glorious night at Paradise was had by all.
You knew they were all great, so you can add in your own paragraphs in comments below!
Forster – 11
El hamed – 9
Jullien – 11
Ajer – 9
Bolingoli – 9
Calmac – 9
Broony – 9
Elyounoussi – 8
Forrest – 8
Eddy – 9
Christie – 12
A brilliant 11/10 showing from Lenny. His team matched the Italians in the first half only to get sucked into a sucker punch. However the Manager ( and his team – great to see Big John Kennedy threatened with getting sent off is he left the Technical Zone again!) managed to raise his troops and adapt his battle plan to find a way to lose the first half battle but win the Game War. Great tactics and positive substitutions. Bravo.
From the opening Tifo to them crying out “Fuck Lazio” and how the team responded ….say no more…12/10!