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Falcao helps fire Atlético to win against Celtic

Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 23.05CET
Club Atlético de Madrid 2-0 Celtic FC
Goals from summer signings Falcao and Diego earned Gregorio Manzano's side a comfortable victory at the Vicente Calderón.
by Paul Bryan
from Estadio Vicente Calderón

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Match statistics

AtléticoCeltic

Goals scored2
 
0
Attempts on target7
 
2
Attempts off target6
 
4
Corners7
 
2
Offsides1
 
4
Fouls committed13
 
12
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Group I

PPts
1Club Atlético de Madrid Atlético13
2Udinese Calcio Udinese13
3Stade Rennais FC Rennes10
4Celtic FC Celtic10
* Ranking subject to CAS decision
Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:51 CET

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Published: Thursday 15 September 2011, 23.05CET

Falcao helps fire Atlético to win against Celtic

Club Atlético de Madrid 2-0 Celtic FC
Goals from summer signings Falcao and Diego earned Gregorio Manzano's side a comfortable victory at the Vicente Calderón.

Club Atlético de Madrid enjoyed a triumphant start to their UEFA Europa League campaign after goals from summer signings Falcao and Diego secured the 2009/10 winners a 2-0 victory against Celtic FC.

Falcao netted a record 17 goals for FC Porto – including the winner in the Dublin showpiece – in last season's tournament and he was quick off the mark for his new side in their Group I opener, heading in after just three minutes. Loan signing Diego subsequently made the points safe for the hosts with his second-half strike.

Celtic's task of gaining a first win in UEFA competition on Spanish soil – they had failed to do so on their previous 11 visits – was made all the more difficult early on when Falcao leapt to connect with Diego's corner from the right, the ball bouncing in despite Mark Wilson's attempt to clear on the line.

Undeterred by that early setback, Neil Lennon's side almost responded immediately as a one-two between Gary Hooper and Beram Kayal prised open the opposition defence before goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois got down to block out the danger.

Winners of the inaugural UEFA Europa League, the Rojiblancos were seeking the perfect start to this year's competition and new signings Arda Turan and Diego had chances to double their lead as the half progressed. The Turkish international's shot from distance flew just past the upright before the latter had a strike beaten out by Fraser Forster.

Ki Sung-Yong looked to lift his team's spirits immediately after the restart with a drive from distance that brought a flying save from Courtois, who later watched a Charlie Mulgrew free-kick hit the side netting. It was Gregorio Manzano's charges who maintained control, though, and they finished off their opponents in the 69th minute after Arda Turan's cutback into the area was expertly slotted in by Diego.

Last updated: 27/11/12 11.13CET

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Lineups

atlético

Atlético

celtic

Celtic

13
CourtoisThibaut Courtois (GK)
1
ForsterFraser Forster (GK)
2
GodínDiego Godín
6
WilsonKelvin Wilson
3
Antonio LópezAntonio López (C)
9
SamarasGiorgios Samaras
4
Mario SuárezMario Suárez
Yellow Card59
12
M. WilsonMark Wilson
Substitution79
9
FalcaoRadamel Falcao
Goal3
16
LedleyJoe Ledley
Substitution78
11
Arda TuranArda Turan
18
Ki Sung-YongKi Sung-Yong
14
GabiGabi
Yellow Card51
Substitution70
21
MulgrewCharlie Mulgrew
19
KokeKoke
Substitution56
22
LoovensGlenn Loovens
Yellow Card86
21
PereaLuis Perea
33
KayalBeram Kayal (C)
Yellow Card74
22
DiegoDiego
Goal68
Substitution83
49
ForrestJames Forrest
Substitution82
23
MirandaMiranda
88
HooperGary Hooper

Substitutes

25
Sergio AsenjoSergio Asenjo (GK)
24
ZałuskaŁukasz Załuska (GK)
5
TiagoTiago
Substitution83
2
MatthewsAdam Matthews
Substitution79
7
Adrián LópezAdrián López
Substitution70
14
BanguraMohamed Bangura
Substitution78
8
SalvioEduardo Salvio
15
CommonsKris Commons
Substitution82
10
ReyesJosé Antonio Reyes
Substitution56
50
GeorgePaul George
15
PizziPizzi
56
F. TwardzikFilip Twardzik
18
Álvaro DomínguezÁlvaro Domínguez
67
WanyamaVictor Wanyama

Coach

Gregorio Manzano (ESP) Neil Lennon (NIR)

Referee

Peter Rasmussen (DEN)

Assistant referees

Anders Nørrestrand (DEN), Henrik Sønderby (DEN)

Fourth official

Michael Svendsen (DEN)

Additional assistant referees

Lars Christoffersen (DEN), Jakob Kehlet (DEN)

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  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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