23 Nov Paris St Germain outclass Celtic in seven-goal rout
Celtic suffered another night of European anguish against Paris St Germain in a 7-1 thrashing in the Parc des Princes.
Former PSG youth player Moussa Dembele fired Celtic into a stunning first-minute lead but the home side reacted to the loss of their first goal in the Champions League with a Neymar double and goals from Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe before the break.
The big-spending French club, who had won 5-0 at Parkhead on match day one, did not let up in the second half with goals from Marco Verratti, Cavani and Dani Alves compounding the Hoops’ misery.
What they said
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: “There are lessons for us – we can keep the ball better and defend better – but you also have to admire the sheer quality of PSG. You can’t analyse the game and not talk about them. They must have had 11 shots and seven went in and with quality. So it was a sore one for us but certainly I am nowhere near as disappointed as I was, funnily enough, against Barcelona (7-0 last season).”PSG boss Unai Emery: “We say the same thing every time: you have to respect the opponents. They are capable of creating a surprise. In the first 15-20 minutes we allowed counter-attacks, but the team closed down the spaces well.”
On PSG’s final group game against Bayern Munich, he added: “It will be a good test against a team capable of winning the Champions League.”
Tweet of the match
Star man – Neymar
There is little new to say about Neymar. Once again he showed his class with goals and assists and at times played on a different level from anyone on the pitch. A simply fantastic player although he has some terrific team-mates.
Moment of the match
Dembele’s first-minute goal stunned everyone in the stadium. The Celtic fans could hardly believe what they were watching and the PSG players wobbled until Neymar levelled and restored football’s new order.
View from the bench
Boss Brendan Rodgers had described PSG as the “best of the best” and would have gladly taken a point before the game. However, he was given hope by Dembele’s early goal but then watched a calamity unfold.
Paris St Germain coach Unai Emery was looking for his side to clinch top spot before their final Group B fixture against Bayern Munich. The loss of the early goal would have shocked him and all the PSG fans but they eventually got into their rhythm which made it a long night for the Scottish champions.
Paris St Germain: Alphonse Areola 6 (out of 10), Thiago Silva 5, Marquinhos 6, Marco Verratti 8, Edinson Cavani 8, Neymar 9, Layvin Kurzawa 7, Julian Draxler 7, Adrien Rabiot 7, Kylian Mbappe 8, Dani Alves 5. Subs: Javier Pastore (on for Draxler) 6, Angel di Maria (on for Mbappe, 75) 6, Giovani Lo Celso (on for Verratti, 76) 6.Celtic: Craig Gordon 5/10, Mikael Lustig 5, Jozo Simunovic 6, Dedryck Boyata 5, Kieran Tierney 6, Scott Brown 5, Olivier Ntcham 6, James Forrest 5, Moussa Dembele 7, Tom Rogic 6, Callum McGregor 5. Subs: Nir Bitton (on for Lustig 13) 6, Eboue Kouassi (on for Ntcham, 69) 5, Leigh Griffiths (on for Dembele, 76) 5.
Who’s up next?
Celtic v Motherwell (Betfred Cup final, November 26)
Monaco v PSG (Ligue 1, November 26)