Celtic Park - Glasgow 19/09/2012 - 20:45CET (19:45 local time)

Group stage - Group G

Celtic - Benfica
0-0
 

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Celtic stand firm against Benfica

Published: Wednesday 19 September 2012, 23.00CET
Celtic stand firm against Benfica 
Celtic-Benfica reaction ©Getty Images

Celtic FC, making their first UEFA Champions League group stage appearance in four years, kicked off their latest campaign with a goalless draw against SL Benfica.

The home side's opener to the competition proper in 2008 – against Aalborg BK – had also ended 0-0, though this particular encounter did not always seem destined to close in stalemate. Neil Lennon's side started and finished strongly but survived some scares of their own to ensure a fourth straight European Cup clean sheet at home to these particular Portuguese visitors.

Match in 5

  • Celtic held to goalless draw by Benfica
  • Celtic yet to win an opening group stage game
  • Commons outstanding in midfield and Player Rater winner
  • Benfica without a win or goal in four visits to Celtic Park
  • Celtic repeat goalless 2008 opener with Aalborg BK

Reaction

We can take a lot from the clean sheet. With so many debutants in the competition, there was a lot of nervousness and I felt they coped well. Both sides were well organised, it was a tactical game.

Neil Lennon, Celtic manager

Neil Lennon, Celtic manager

In the end it was a fair result. We created enough opportunities to win but the ball always hit someone and we could not score. It was a positive result for us.

Rodrigo, Benfica forward

Rodrigo, Benfica forward

 

Player rater

Commons

Top Player

Celtic 

Standings

Last updated: 14/11/2012 10:31 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Matches

 
 

Match statistics

Celtic
Benfica

0

Goals scored

0

52

Possession (%)

48

7

Total attempts

12

3

Attempts on target

7

4

Attempts off target

5

0

Attempts blocked

0

0

Attempts against woodwork

0

9

Corners

10

1

Offsides

1

3

Yellow cards

3

0

Red Cards

0

15

Fouls committed

20

18

Fouls suffered

15

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Minute By Minute

  • End Time
    The final whistle is blown.
    Alex O'Henley, Celtic Park: A much better second-half performance from Celtic but despite their best efforts, and in particular those of Kris Commons, they are still looking for their first victory in the opening game of a Champions League campaign.
  • Yellow Card
    90+2
    Bruno César (Benfica) is cautioned by the referee.
  • Yellow Card
    89
    Brown (Celtic) is cautioned by the referee.
  • Substitution
    83
    Nolito (in) - Gaitán (out) (Benfica)
  • Substitution
    70
    Bruno César (in) - Rodrigo (out) (Benfica)

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