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.
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
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
|1||Forster (GK)||1||Artur (GK)|
|24||Załuska (GK)||13||Paulo Lopes (GK)|
|Neil Lennon (NIR)||Jorge Jesus (POR)|
|Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)|
|D||Real Madrid||Man. City|