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Celtic - Ajax
2-1
 

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Lennon celebrates Celtic's 'fantastic win'

Published: Tuesday 22 October 2013, 23.59CET
Neil Lennon said victory over AFC Ajax had given Celtic FC "a great chance" in Group H with Frank de Boer lamenting the visitors' failure to make their openings count.
Lennon celebrates Celtic's 'fantastic win'
Celtic forward James Forrest guides the ball past Kenneth Vermeer ©AFP/Getty Images
 

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Celtic
Ajax

2

Goals scored

1

41

Possession (%)

59

10

Total attempts

15

7

on target

9

3

off target

6

3

blocked

5

0

against woodwork

1

9

Corners

9

1

Offsides

2

1

Yellow cards

2

1

Red Cards

0

16

Fouls committed

3

3

Fouls suffered

16

385

Passes

682

249

completed

551

Lineups

celtic

Celtic

ajax

Ajax

1Forster (GK)22Cillessen (GK)
3Izaguirre2Van Rhijn
Substitution80
4Ambrose5C. Poulsen
Yellow Card44
Substitution67
5van Dijk
Yellow Card44
7Fischer
Substitution72
9Samaras (C)9Sigthórsson
10Stokes10S. de Jong (C)
20Pukki
Substitution90+1
12Veltman
Yellow Card44
21Mulgrew16Andersen
23Lustig
Substitution77
17Blind
33Kayal
Goal53
Substitution71
24Denswil
49Forrest
Goal43
25Serero

Substitutes

24Załuska (GK)1Vermeer (GK)
6Biton
Substitution77
Red Card88
6Van Der Hoorn
16Ledley
Substitution71
15Boilesen
Substitution67
17Baldé
Substitution90+1
18Klaassen
18Rogic20Schöne
Substitution80
Goal90+4
37Atajić23Hoesen
41Fisher34De Sa
Substitution72

Coaches

Neil Lennon (NIR) Frank De Boer (NED)

Referee

Ivan Bebek (CRO)

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Last updated: 23/10/2013 08:59 CET

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Published: Tuesday 22 October 2013, 23.59CET

Lennon celebrates Celtic's 'fantastic win'

Neil Lennon said victory over AFC Ajax had given Celtic FC "a great chance" in Group H with Frank de Boer lamenting the visitors' failure to make their openings count.

Neil Lennon, Celtic manager
I said Ajax would give us as many problems as Barcelona and AC Milan and they did. That's a fantastic win for us. We are on our knees in terms of injuries in our squad, so it was a monumental effort from the lads. We grew into the game and, but for a few breakaways towards the end, could have won it more comfortably.

[James Forrest] keeps telling me he's never missed a penalty so with Kris [Commons] out he kept his cool. It was a big moment and came at a good time. We were anxious at times in the first half, but as the second half went on we got better and thoroughly deserved to win. It leaves us in a very good position. We have to get a result at Ajax if we can. It'll be difficult, but on tonight's evidence not beyond us. It is a massive win in the context of the group.

We could have seen the game out more comfortably for my liking but it's our 19th game of the season, it was a heroic effort. We can compete with a lot of clubs at this level. We've been in every game and that's no mean feat with the calibre of teams against us. We've given ourselves a great chance now.

Frank de Boer, Ajax coach
We had the better chances, but the best team does not always win. We dominated the game – [Christian] Poulsen hit the post for us, [Thulani] Serero and [Kolbeinn] Sigthórsson had one-on-ones. Those were real opportunities and they have to be goals. But if we play like we did tonight in the next match on matchday four, then we certainly will beat them at [the Amsterdam] ArenA. I really believe that.

I have mixed feelings about the result. Celtic didn't create anything but scored twice. We dominated the game but only scored one goal. We should have equalised but right after that it was 2-0. I feel comfortable with the way we played.

It will be hard [at home to Celtic] but I am confident. We have one point and if we win against Celtic next time, we'll be one point ahead of them. It'll be difficult but if we play like we did this evening, eight times out of ten the best team wins. I thought we were the best team tonight but didn't score goals. We'll have to do that at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Last updated: 25/10/13 12.48CET

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