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UEFA Champions League: Celtic FC - RSC Anderlecht Match press kits

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Celtic FCCeltic FCCeltic Park - GlasgowTuesday 5 December 2017
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Group B - Matchday 6
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

UEFA Champions League
27/09/2017GSRSC Anderlecht - Celtic FC0-3
BrusselsGriffiths 38, Roberts 50, Sinclair 90+3
UEFA Champions League
05/11/2003GS1Celtic FC - RSC Anderlecht3-1
GlasgowLarsson 12, Miller 17, Sutton 29; Dindane 77
21/10/2003GS1RSC Anderlecht - Celtic FC1-0
BrusselsDindane 72
Celtic FC110021010000320162
RSC Anderlecht210110010000310226

Celtic FC - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

01/10/1991R1K. Beerschot AC - Celtic FC1-1
agg: 1-3
EkerenSchmoller 41; Gillespie 10
18/09/1991R1Celtic FC - K. Beerschot AC2-0
GlasgowNicholas 15 (P), 39
UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
03/10/1984R1Celtic FC - KAA Gent3-0
agg: 3-1
GlasgowMcGarvey 40, McClair 61, McAdam 88
19/09/1984R1KAA Gent - Celtic FC1-0
GhentCordiez 75

RSC Anderlecht - Record versus clubs from opponents' country

29/09/1992R1RSC Anderlecht - Hibernian FC1-1
agg: 3-3 ag
BrusselsNilis 4; Jackson 14
15/09/1992R1Hibernian FC - RSC Anderlecht2-2EdinburghBeaumont 5, Evans 82; Degryse 40 (P), Van Vossen 68
02/10/1979R1RSC Anderlecht - Dundee United FC1-1
agg: 1-1 ag
BrusselsNielsen 25; Kopel 80
19/09/1979R1Dundee United FC - RSC Anderlecht0-0Dundee
European Champions Clubs' Cup
13/03/1963QFDundee FC - RSC Anderlecht2-1
agg: 6-2
DundeeCousin 79, Smith 83; Stockman 28
06/03/1963QFRSC Anderlecht - Dundee FC1-4
BrusselsLippens 36 (P); Gilzean 1, 18, Cousin 47, Smith 71
European Champions Clubs' Cup
23/09/1959PRRSC Anderlecht - Rangers FC0-2
agg: 2-7
BrusselsMatthew 67, McMillan 72
16/09/1959PRRangers FC - RSC Anderlecht5-2
GlasgowMillar 1, Scott 2, Matthew 48, Baird 65, 73 (P); Stockman 52, Dewael 64
Celtic FC3300411200007412124
RSC Anderlecht612350230000111461023

Last updated 24/11/2017 10:14CET

Match background Only this chapter

Celtic FC and RSC Anderlecht have both found the going tough in Group B, although one club will have the consolation of a place in the UEFA Europa League in the spring, with Celtic holding the advantage ahead of matchday six.

• The Scottish club were 3-0 winners in Belgium on matchday two and, with both clubs losing all their other games, hold a three-point cushion in third place as a result. Anderlecht must therefore win by a three-goal margin in Glasgow to overtake their opponents; if they win 3-0, the Belgian outfit finish third on overall goal difference.

Previous meetings
• The clubs' only past contests before this season came in the 2003/04 group stage, when each won their home game although neither side was able to progress from Group A.

• The first match in Belgium finished 1-0 to Anderlecht, Aruna Dindane scoring 18 minutes from time for Les Mauves, who played 64 minutes with ten men after captain Glen De Boeck collected a second yellow card in the 26th minute. That is Anderlecht's only win against Scottish opponents from 11 attempts (D4 L6).

• Dindane was on target again at Celtic Park, striking in the 77th minute after Ivica Mornar had missed a penalty, but by then the hosts led 3-0 through goals from Henrik Larsson (12), Liam Miller (17) and Chris Sutton (29). That 3-1 victory proved crucial as Celtic edged out Anderlecht for third place in the section on head-to-head record after the duo ended level on seven points.

• The line-ups at Celtic Park on 21 October 2003 were:
Celtic: Hedman, Agathe, Baldé, Varga, McNamara, Lennon, Petrov, Miller (Gray 76), Larsson, Sutton, Hartson (Maloney 83; Sylla 90+1).
Anderlecht: Zítka, Deschacht, Kompany, Żewłakow, Baseggio, Hendrikx (Kolář 63), Hasi, Wilhelmsson, Tihinen, Mornar, Dindane.

• Olivier Deschacht played in both games and is still in the Anderlecht squad.

Match background

• Celtic have lost both home games in Group B, going down 5-0 against Paris Saint-Germain in their opening fixture – the Hoops' heaviest home defeat in Europe – before a 2-1 reverse at the hands of FC Bayern München on matchday four.

• Celtic halted a ten-game (D3 L7), four-year winless run in the UEFA Champions League group stage by overcoming Anderlecht on matchday two, their biggest away victory in the UEFA Champions League. Their previous win had been a 2-1 home success over AFC Ajax on 22 October 2013.

• The Anderlecht win is the Hoops' only victory in 19 European group stage fixtures in the UEFA Champions League or UEFA Europa League (D7 L11).

• Celtic have won just two of their last eight European home matches (D2 L4).

• Celtic have won only one of their last nine home games in the UEFA Champions League proper (D1 L7).

• In 2016/17 the Glasgow club came fourth in their section, collecting three points from six games. They drew at home to Manchester City FC (1-1) and lost 2-0 to both VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach and FC Barcelona.

• Celtic started this season in the second qualifying round, beating Linfield FC (2-0 away, 4-0 home) and then Rosenborg BK in the third qualifying round (0-0 home, 1-0 away). They posted a fifth straight clean sheet with a 5-0 win against FC Astana in the home first leg of their play-off, advancing despite a 4-3 loss in Kazakhstan.

• The Scottish champions have won all three European games against Belgian visitors. In addition to that 2003 defeat of Anderlecht, they got the better of KAA Gent in the 1984/85 European Cup Winners' Cup first (3-0) and K. Beerschot AC at the same stage of the 1991/92 UEFA Cup (2-0), winning both ties 3-1 on aggregate.

• Anderlecht have never won in Scotland, where their record is D2 L3.

• Before this season, 19 teams had lost all six games in a UEFA Champions League group stage. Having done so in 2004/05, Anderlecht would join GNK Dinamo Zagreb as the only clubs to suffer that fate twice should they lose in Glasgow.

• Anderlecht have not faced Scottish opposition other than Celtic in 25 years, beating Hibernian FC on away goals in the 1992/93 UEFA Cup first round (2-2 away, 1-1 home).

• The Belgian club have not won an away game in the UEFA Champions League, group stage to final, since a 1-0 victory at Real Betis Balompié on 6 December 2005. Their away record since then reads D8 L6; this season they have lost 3-0 at Bayern and 5-0 at Paris.

• In 2016/17, Anderlecht fell to FC Rostov in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Moving into the UEFA Europa League, they went all the way to the last eight – their first European quarter-final since losing to FC Internazionale Milano in the 1996/97 UEFA Cup – eventually bowing out to Manchester United FC (1-1 home, 1-2 away aet).

Coach and player links
• Derdryck Boyata grew up in Brussels and was at FC Brussels from the age of 13 to 16 before joining Manchester City in 2006.

• Matz Sels, Leander Dendoncker and Boyata are international team-mates with Belgium.

• Andy Najar's Honduras earned a 1-1 FIFA World Cup qualifying draw against a Costa Rica side including Cristian Gamboa on 28 March 2017.

Match facts

• Jozo Šimunović is a booking away from a ban.

• Celtic are 67 domestic matches unbeaten, eclipsing their own British record of 62 set by Willie Maley's team between 1915 and 1917. The Hoops came within two minutes of surrendering their unbeaten run at Motherwell FC on 29 November before Scott Sinclair equalised from the penalty spot; they beat the same opponents 5-1 on Saturday.

• Celtic have now scored in 72 successive domestic matches dating back to 5 April 2016.

• The Hoops have won just three of their last eight home games in all competitions.

• Patrick Roberts suffered a hamstring injury against Motherwell on 29 November and has been ruled out for three months.

• Celtic lifted the first domestic silverware of the season on 26 November beating Motherwell 2-0 in the Scottish League Cup final at Hampden Park thanks to second-half goals from James Forrest and a Moussa Dembélé penalty.

• With the League Cup triumph, Brendan Rodgers became the first Hoops manager since Jock Stein to win four consecutive domestic trophies.

• Kieran Tierney, 20, became the youngest Celtic player to captain his country when he led Scotland out in their 1-0 friendly defeat by the Netherlands on 9 November.

• Anderlecht have failed to score in five of their last 11 games in all competitions.

• Massimo Bruno laid on three assists as Anderlecht beat KV Kortrijk 4-0 on 26 November.

• Anderlecht have lost nine of their last 22 matches in all competitions.

• Anderlecht were knocked out of the Belgium Cup on 29 November, going down 1-0 at home to R. Standard de Liège in the round of 16.


Squad list Only this chapter

Celtic FC - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Craig GordonSCO31/12/198234 - 6-5-14-10-58-
24Dorus de VriesNED29/12/198036 - ----1-1-1-
65Conor HazardNIR05/03/199819 - ----------
5Jozo ŠimunovićBIH04/08/199423*5-3-6-5-32-
12Cristian Gamboa CRC24/10/198928 - --1-1-3-14-
20Dedryck BoyataBEL28/11/199027 - --4-8-4-253
23Mikael LustigSWE13/12/198630 - 6-5-13-24-916
28Erik SviatchenkoDEN04/10/199126 - 2-----6-261
35Kristoffer AjerNOR17/04/199819 - 2---4---3-
47Wallace DuffySCO12/04/199918 - ----------
50Jamie McCartSCO20/06/199720 - ----------
55Kerr McInroySCO31/08/200017 - ----------
56Anthony RalstonSCO16/11/199819 - 1-1-3-1-2-
57Stephen WelshSCO19/01/200017 - ----------
63Kieran TierneySCO05/06/199720 - 6-5-1418-24-
71Lewis BellSCO29/04/199918 - ----------
6Nir BittonISR30/10/199126 - 3-3-11-10-333
7Patrick RobertsENG05/02/199720 - --316-92123
8Scott BrownSCO25/06/198532 - 6-5-12-33-923
11Scott SinclairENG25/03/198928 - 6541145101186
14Stuart ArmstrongSCO30/03/199225 - 613-1318-322
18Tom RogicAUS16/12/199224 - 625-12211-283
21Olivier NtchamFRA09/02/199621 - 414-1034-81
26Kundai BenyuENG12/12/199719 - 2---1---2-
42Callum McGregorSCO14/06/199324 - 4-3114571295
49James ForrestSCO07/07/199126 - 625-135191655
53Liam HendersonSCO25/04/199621 - ----1-1-4-
60Ross McLaughlinSCO22/06/199918 - ----------
61Mark HillSCO10/07/199819 - ----------
64Regan HendrySCO21/01/199819 - ----------
88Kouassi EbouéCIV13/12/199719 - --1-2-1-101
9Leigh GriffithsSCO20/08/199027 - 4151125813811
10Moussa DembéléFRA12/07/199621 - 2-318494176
15Jonny HayesIRL09/07/198730 - 4---10---213
22Odsonne EdouardFRA16/01/199819 - --1-541-1-
59Calvin MillerSCO09/01/199819 - ----1-----
70Broque WatsonSCO05/02/199918 - ----------
73Michael JohnstonSCO19/04/199918 - ----1-----
76Jack AitchisonSCO05/03/200017 - ----------
-Brendan RodgersNIR26/01/197344 - 6-5---17-45-
RSC Anderlecht - Squad list
Current seasonAll-time
1Matz SelsBEL26/02/199225 - --3-10-11-11-
23Frank BoeckxBEL27/09/198631 - --2-7-2-4-
30Boy de JongNED10/04/199423 - ----------
2Josué SáPOR17/06/199225 - --2-6-2-2-
3Olivier DeschachtBEL16/02/198136 - --4-10-40-101-
4Serigne MbodjiSEN22/11/198928 - --4-11-4-374
5Uroš SpajićSRB13/02/199324 - --4-1114-14-
12Dennis AppiahFRA09/06/199225 - --5-15-5-12-
37Ivan ObradovićSRB25/07/198829 - --2-12-2-25-
41Emmanuel Adjey SowahGHA16/01/199819 - ----1---5-
43Kobe CoolsBEL25/07/199720 - ----------
44Hannes DelcroixBEL28/02/199918 - ----------
45Sebastiaan BornauwBEL22/03/199918S----------
49Daam FoulonBEL23/03/199918 - ----------
51Tony AmraniBEL27/05/199720 - ----------
7Andy Najar HON16/03/199324 - --1-1-71232
8Pieter GerkensBEL17/02/199522 - --4-1134-6-
10Nicolae StanciuROU07/05/199324 - --3-1019-4812
20Sven KumsBEL26/02/198829 - --4-13-122252
25Adrien TrebelFRA03/03/199126 - --5-1615-211
32Leander DendonckerBEL15/04/199522 - --5-15-9-331
46Milan CorrynBEL04/04/199918 - ----------
48Albert-Mboyo Sambi LokongaBEL22/10/199918 - ----------
50Alexis SaelemaekersBEL27/06/199918 - ----------
53Theo LeoniBEL21/04/200017 - ----------
54Mohamed LouaBEL20/04/200017 - ----------
55Sieben DewaeleBEL02/02/199918 - ----------
94Sofiane HanniALG29/12/199026 - --5117351204
9Henry OnyekuruNGA05/06/199720 - --5-1685-5-
11Alexandru ChipciuROU18/05/198928 - --2-12-5-495
17Massimo BrunoBEL17/09/199324 - --3-92111324
36Robert BerićSVN17/06/199126 - ----4---4414
40Francis AmuzuBEL23/08/199918 - ----------
42Antoine BernierBEL10/09/199720 - ----------
52Nelson Azevedo-JanelasBEL12/02/199819 - ----------
91Łukasz TeodorczykPOL03/06/199126 - --5-1439-3413
99Hamdi HarbaouiTUN05/01/198532 - --2-1132-61
-Hein VanhaezebrouckBEL16/02/196453 - --3---11-29-

Last updated 05/12/2017 10:13CET

Head coach Only this chapter

Brendan Rodgers

Date of birth: 26 January 1973
Nationality: Northern Irish
Playing career:
Ballymena United FC, Reading FC
Coaching career: Watford FC, Reading FC, Swansea City AFC, Liverpool FC, Celtic FC

• Began his career as a defender with Ballymena in his native Northern Ireland before moving to English club Reading at the age of 18. Troubled by persistent injuries, he was forced to give up playing aged 20 having never made a senior appearance for the Royals.

• Became academy boss at Reading in 1995, spending nine years in the role. His talents were spotted by José Mourinho and Rodgers was given a leading role in the Chelsea FC youth system in 2004, stepping up to reserve team manager in 2006.

• Left Chelsea for his first managerial post at second-tier Watford in November 2008 and guided the Hornets to a 13th-place finish. Returned to Reading in the summer of 2009 but only remained until December despite a promising start to the season.

• Stayed in the second division when appointed Swansea manager in July 2010 and guided the club into the Premier League via the end-of-season play-offs. Enhanced his repuation as he led the Welsh outfit to an 11th-place finish in their first top-flight campaign since 1982/83. 

• Left Swansea for Liverpool in June 2012, steering the Reds to seventh in the Premier League in his first term and into the UEFA Europa League round of 32. Oversaw an 11-game winning streak in the second half of the 2013/14 season that almost brought Liverpool's first league title since 1990, but lost out to Manchester City FC. Rodgers was dismissed in October 2015, resurfacing at Celtic the following summer, and proved an instant hit in Scotland, winning the treble in his first season which ended with Celtic going through the entire domestic campaign undefeated.


Hein Vanhaezebrouck

Date of birth: 16 February 1964
Nationality: Belgian
Playing career: KWSC Lauwe, RC Doornik, KV Kortrijk, KRC Harelbeke, KSC Lokeren OV
Coaching career: KSC Lokeren OV (assistant), KSV Ingelmunster, SW Harelbeke, KWSC Lauwe, KV Kortrijk (twice), KRC Genk, KAA Gent, RSC Anderlecht

• A creative defender with a good pass, Vanhaezebrouck had a solid playing career in Belgian football. He enjoyed notable spells with Harelbeke and Lokeren before hanging up his boots in 2000.

• After two years as assistant at Lokeren, he took the job of head coach at Ingelmunster in 2002. He also coached at former clubs Harelbeke, Lauwe and Kortrijk, whom he took over in 2006.

• In Vanhaezebrouck's second season his brand of fresh, creative football steered Kortrijk to the second division championship. Vanhaezebrouck also became famous by searching for a left winger on the internet, a hunt which culminated in the signing of forward Istvan Bakx, who became known as the Google striker.

• Vanhaezebrouck's attacking approach attracted interest from Genk, whom he joined in 2009, but after a bad start he was fired in November with Genk in 12th place. The next season he returned to Kortrijk and steered them to the Belgian Cup final in 2012, which they lost to Lokeren, although Vanhaezebrouck was voted Belgian coach of the year.

• After four years he left Kortrijk again to join Gent in the summer of 2014. He led the club to its first Belgian Championship in 115 years and won the Belgian Super Cup in July 2015. Vanhaezebrouck won the Guy Thys Award, a special coaching award from the Royal Belgian Football Association, which a coach can only win once, and took Gent into the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League round of 16. He joined Anderlecht in October 2017.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeMatej Jug (SVN)
  • Assistant refereesMatej Žunič (SVN) , Manuel Vidali (SVN)
  • Additional assistant refereesDamir Skomina (SVN) , Dejan Balažič (SVN)
  • Fourth officialTomislav Pospeh (SVN)
  • UEFA DelegateAristeidis Stavropoulos (GRE)
  • UEFA Referee observerUno Tutk (EST)


NameDate of birthUEFA Champions League matchesUEFA matches
Matej Jug25/09/19801470

Matej Jug

Referee since: 1997
First division: 2004
FIFA badge: 2007

Tournaments: 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship, 2010 UEFA European Under-19 Championship

2013 UEFA European Under-21 Championship

UEFA Champions League matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
29/09/2015UCLGSFC ZenitKAA Gent2-1St Petersburg
03/08/2016UCL3QRRSC AnderlechtFC Rostov0-2Brussels

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
17/03/2009U17ELITEKazakhstanBelgium0-5La Nucía
17/06/2009RCUPGS-FTKempen (BEL)Castilla y León1-4Jastrebarsko
05/08/2010UEL3QRAnorthosis Famagusta FCCercle Brugge KSV3-1Larnaca
29/09/2011UELGSFC Lokomotiv MoskvaRSC Anderlecht0-2Moscow
23/08/2012UELPODebreceni VSCClub Brugge0-3Nyiregyhaza
21/08/2014UELPOKSC Lokeren OVHull City AFC1-0Lokeren
29/09/2015UCLGSFC ZenitKAA Gent2-1St Petersburg
03/08/2016UCL3QRRSC AnderlechtFC Rostov0-2Brussels

Last updated 04/12/2017 03:06CET

Fixtures and results Only this chapter

Celtic FCFixtures and results
14/07/2017UCLLinfield FC (A)W 2-0Haughey 17 (og), Rogic 23
19/07/2017UCLLinfield FC (H)W 4-0Sinclair 4, 54, Rogic 48, Armstrong 90+3
26/07/2017UCLRosenborg BK (H)D 0-0
02/08/2017UCLRosenborg BK (A)W 1-0Forrest 69
05/08/2017LeagueHeart of Midlothian FC (H)W 4-1Griffiths 29, 63, Sinclair 51, McGregor 73
11/08/2017LeaguePartick Thistle FC (A)W 1-0Ntcham 25
16/08/2017UCLFC Astana (H)W 5-0Postnikov 32 (og), Sinclair 42, 60, Forrest 79, Shitov 88 (og)
19/08/2017LeagueKilmarnock FC (A)W 2-0Forrest 40, McGregor 88
22/08/2017UCLFC Astana (A)L 3-4Sinclair 34, Ntcham 80, Griffiths 90
26/08/2017LeagueSt Johnstone FC (H)D 1-1McGregor 79
08/09/2017LeagueHamilton Academical FC (A)W 4-1Armstrong 17, Sinclair 29, 42, Edouard 65
12/09/2017UCLParis Saint-Germain (H)L 0-5
16/09/2017LeagueRoss County FC (H)W 4-0Rogic 13, Dembélé 42, Forrest 52, 74
23/09/2017LeagueRangers FC (A)W 2-0Rogic 50, Griffiths 65
27/09/2017UCLRSC Anderlecht (A)W 3-0Griffiths 38, Roberts 50, Sinclair 90+3
30/09/2017LeagueHibernian FC (H)D 2-2McGregor 15, 80
14/10/2017LeagueDundee FC (H)W 1-0Ntcham 61
18/10/2017UCLFC Bayern München (A)L 0-3
25/10/2017LeagueAberdeen FC (A)W 3-0Tierney 13, Dembélé 39, 63
28/10/2017LeagueKilmarnock FC (H)D 1-1Griffiths 43
31/10/2017UCLFC Bayern München (H)L 1-2McGregor 74
04/11/2017LeagueSt Johnstone FC (A)W 4-0Sinclair 28, Dembélé 72, Anderson 75 (og), Ntcham 89
18/11/2017LeagueRoss County FC (A)W 1-0Griffiths 78
22/11/2017UCLParis Saint-Germain (A)L 1-7Dembélé 1
29/11/2017LeagueMotherwell FC (A)D 1-1Sinclair 88 (P)
02/12/2017LeagueMotherwell FC (H)W 5-1Edouard 16, 33, 85, Forrest 76, 88
05/12/2017UCLRSC Anderlecht (H)
10/12/2017LeagueHibernian FC (A)
13/12/2017LeagueHamilton Academical FC (H)
17/12/2017LeagueHeart of Midlothian FC (A)
20/12/2017LeaguePartick Thistle FC (H)
23/12/2017LeagueAberdeen FC (H)
26/12/2017LeagueDundee FC (A)
30/12/2017LeagueRangers FC (H)
20/01/2018CupBrechin City (H)
24/01/2018LeaguePartick Thistle FC (A)
27/01/2018LeagueHibernian FC (H)
31/01/2018LeagueHeart of Midlothian FC (H)
03/02/2018LeagueKilmarnock FC (A)
17/02/2018LeagueSt Johnstone FC (H)
24/02/2018LeagueAberdeen FC (A)
28/02/2018LeagueDundee FC (H)
10/03/2018LeagueRangers FC (A)
17/03/2018LeagueMotherwell FC (A)
31/03/2018LeagueRoss County FC (H)
07/04/2018LeagueHamilton Academical FC (A)
1Celtic FC15114036837
2Rangers FC16934331830
3Aberdeen FC16934242030
4Hibernian FC16853241729
5Motherwell FC15726222123
6Heart of Midlothian FC16466141918
7St Johnstone FC15537162318
8Hamilton Academical FC16457232617
9Dundee FC16439172615
10Kilmarnock FC16367142315
11Ross County FC16439142415
12Partick Thistle FC15258122411
RSC AnderlechtFixtures and results
28/07/2017LeagueRoyal Antwerp (A)D 0-0
06/08/2017LeagueKV Oostende (H)W 1-0Hanni 77
13/08/2017LeagueR. Charleroi SC (A)L 0-2
20/08/2017LeagueK. Sint-Truidense VV (H)L 2-3Bruno 18, Teodorczyk 87
27/08/2017LeagueKAA Gent (A)D 0-0
08/09/2017LeagueKSC Lokeren OV (H)W 3-2Onyekuru 3, 77, Teodorczyk 90
12/09/2017UCLFC Bayern München (A)L 0-3
16/09/2017LeagueKV Kortrijk (A)D 2-2Harbaoui 23, Onyekuru 76
20/09/2017CupKVC Westerlo (A)W 1-0Onyekuru 66
23/09/2017LeagueWaasland-Beveren (A)W 2-1Stanciu 75, Spajić 81
27/09/2017UCLCeltic FC (H)L 0-3
01/10/2017LeagueR. Standard de Liège (H)W 1-0Onyekuru 89
13/10/2017LeagueKV Mechelen (A)W 4-3Gerkens 18, Onyekuru 30, 37, Teodorczyk 43
18/10/2017UCLParis Saint-Germain (H)L 0-4
22/10/2017LeagueKRC Genk (H)L 0-1
25/10/2017LeagueSV Zulte Waregem (H)W 2-0Gerkens 74, Harbaoui 77
28/10/2017LeagueKAS Eupen (A)W 3-2Leye 30 (og), Wagué 32 (og), Hanni 40
31/10/2017UCLParis Saint-Germain (A)L 0-5
05/11/2017LeagueClub Brugge (H)D 0-0
18/11/2017LeagueR. Excel Mouscron (A)W 2-1Bruno 42, Onyekuru 80
22/11/2017UCLFC Bayern München (H)L 1-2Hanni 63
26/11/2017LeagueKV Kortrijk (H)W 4-0Makarenko 1 (og), Hanni 15, Trebel 73, Harbaoui 79
29/11/2017CupR. Standard de Liège (H)L 0-1
02/12/2017LeagueKSC Lokeren OV (A)W 2-1Gerkens 17, Onyekuru 52
05/12/2017UCLCeltic FC (A)
10/12/2017LeagueR. Charleroi SC (H)
17/12/2017LeagueClub Brugge (A)
22/12/2017LeagueKAS Eupen (H)
26/12/2017LeagueKAA Gent (H)
21/01/2018LeagueKRC Genk (A)
24/01/2018LeagueWaasland-Beveren (H)
28/01/2018LeagueR. Standard de Liège (A)
02/02/2018LeagueKV Mechelen (H)
09/02/2018LeagueKV Oostende (A)
16/02/2018LeagueK. Sint-Truidense VV (A)
23/02/2018LeagueR. Excel Mouscron (H)
03/03/2018LeagueSV Zulte Waregem (A)
10/03/2018LeagueRoyal Antwerp (H)
1Club Brugge171322381641
2R. Charleroi SC171052291735
3RSC Anderlecht171043281834
4K. Sint-Truidense VV17755222426
5KAA Gent17746241625
6Royal Antwerp17674232125
7R. Standard de Liège17665181924
8KRC Genk17575232222
10R. Excel Mouscron17557243020
11SV Zulte Waregem176110283119
12KV Oostende17548222319
13KSC Lokeren OV17458182617
14KV Kortrijk17458202917
15KV Mechelen17368202815
16KAS Eupen172510254311

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Celtic FC

  • UEFA Champions League - Second qualifying round
    Linfield FC 0-2 Celtic FC
    0-1 Haughey 17 (og) , 0-2 Rogic 23
    Gordon, Šimunović, Brown, Griffiths (69 Dembélé), Sinclair, Armstrong, Rogic, Lustig, Sviatchenko, Forrest (70 Hayes), Tierney
  • (19/07/2017)
    Celtic FC 4-0 Linfield FC (agg: 6-0)
    1-0 Sinclair 4, 2-0 Rogic 48, 3-0 Sinclair 54, 4-0 Armstrong 90+3
    Gordon, Šimunović, Brown, Dembélé, Sinclair, Rogic, Ntcham (67 Armstrong), Lustig, McGregor (74 Benyu), Forrest (68 Hayes), Tierney
  • Third qualifying round
    Celtic FC 0-0 Rosenborg BK
    Gordon, Šimunović, Brown, Sinclair, Armstrong, Rogic, Ntcham (63 Hayes), Lustig, Ajer, Forrest (81 Benyu), Tierney
  • (02/08/2017)
    Rosenborg BK 0-1 Celtic FC (agg: 0-1)
    0-1 Forrest 69
    Gordon, Šimunović, Brown, Sinclair, Armstrong (71 Rogic), Hayes (58 Griffiths), Lustig, Sviatchenko (25 Bitton), McGregor, Forrest, Tierney
  • Play-off
    Celtic FC 5-0 FC Astana
    1-0 Postnikov 32 (og) , 2-0 Sinclair 42, 3-0 Sinclair 60, 4-0 Forrest 79, 5-0 Shitov 88 (og)
    Gordon, Šimunović, Bitton, Brown, Griffiths, Sinclair, Rogic (63 McGregor), Ntcham, Lustig, Forrest (82 Armstrong), Tierney
  • (22/08/2017)
    FC Astana 4-3 Celtic FC (agg: 4-8)
    1-0 Ajer 26 (og) , 1-1 Sinclair 34, 2-1 Muzhikov 48, 3-1 Twumasi 49, 4-1 Twumasi 69, 4-2 Ntcham 80, 4-3 Griffiths 90
    Gordon, Bitton, Brown, Griffiths, Sinclair (65 Armstrong), Ntcham, Lustig, Ajer, McGregor (56 Rogic), Forrest (57 Ralston), Tierney
  • Group stage
    Group B - Group Standings
    Paris Saint-Germain550024115
    FC Bayern München540110512
    Celtic FC51045173
    RSC Anderlecht50051170
    Matchday 1 (12/09/2017)
    Celtic FC 0-5 Paris Saint-Germain
    0-1 Neymar 19, 0-2 Mbappé 34, 0-3 Cavani 40 (P) , 0-4 Lustig 83 (og) , 0-5 Cavani 85
    Gordon, Šimunović, Roberts (77 Forrest), Brown, Griffiths (69 Edouard), Sinclair, Armstrong (46 Rogic), Ntcham, Lustig, Ralston, Tierney
  • Matchday 2 (27/09/2017)
    RSC Anderlecht 0-3 Celtic FC
    0-1 Griffiths 38, 0-2 Roberts 50, 0-3 Sinclair 90+3
    Gordon, Šimunović, Roberts (78 Forrest), Brown (70 Bitton), Griffiths, Sinclair, Rogic (65 McGregor), Boyata, Ntcham, Lustig, Tierney
  • Matchday 3 (18/10/2017)
    FC Bayern München 3-0 Celtic FC
    1-0 Müller 17, 2-0 Kimmich 29, 3-0 Hummels 51
    Gordon, Roberts (78 Forrest), Brown, Griffiths (65 Dembélé), Sinclair, Gamboa , Armstrong (65 Rogic), Boyata, Ntcham, Lustig, Tierney
  • Matchday 4 (31/10/2017)
    Celtic FC 1-2 FC Bayern München
    0-1 Coman 22, 1-1 McGregor 74, 1-2 Javi Martínez 77
    Gordon, Bitton, Brown, Dembélé, Sinclair (64 Rogic), Armstrong (79 Griffiths), Boyata, Lustig, McGregor, Forrest, Tierney
  • Matchday 5 (22/11/2017)
    Paris Saint-Germain 7-1 Celtic FC
    0-1 Dembélé 1, 1-1 Neymar 9, 2-1 Neymar 22, 3-1 Cavani 28, 4-1 Mbappé 35, 5-1 Verratti 75, 6-1 Cavani 79, 7-1 Dani Alves 80
    Gordon, Šimunović, Brown, Dembélé (77 Griffiths), Rogic, Boyata, Ntcham (69 Eboué), Lustig (13 Bitton), McGregor, Forrest, Tierney
  • Matchday 6 (05/12/2017)
    Celtic FC-RSC Anderlecht

RSC Anderlecht

  • UEFA Champions League - Group stage
    Matchday 1 (12/09/2017)
    FC Bayern München 3-0 RSC Anderlecht
    1-0 Lewandowski 12 (P) , 2-0 Thiago Alcántara 65, 3-0 Kimmich 90
    Sels, Deschacht, Spajić, Najar (26 Appiah), Stanciu (59 Onyekuru), Chipciu, Kums, Trebel, Dendoncker, Teodorczyk (84 Harbaoui), Hanni
  • Matchday 2 (27/09/2017)
    RSC Anderlecht 0-3 Celtic FC
    0-1 Griffiths 38, 0-2 Roberts 50, 0-3 Sinclair 90+3
    Boeckx, Deschacht (57 Stanciu), Spajić (44 Mbodji), Gerkens, Onyekuru, Chipciu, Appiah, Trebel, Dendoncker, Teodorczyk, Hanni (70 Bruno)
  • Matchday 3 (18/10/2017)
    RSC Anderlecht 0-4 Paris Saint-Germain
    0-1 Mbappé 3, 0-2 Cavani 44, 0-3 Neymar 66, 0-4 Di María 88
    Sels, Deschacht (89 Obradović), Mbodji, Gerkens (81 Bruno), Onyekuru, Appiah, Kums (57 Josué Sá), Trebel, Dendoncker, Teodorczyk, Hanni
  • Matchday 4 (31/10/2017)
    Paris Saint-Germain 5-0 RSC Anderlecht
    1-0 Verratti 30, 2-0 Neymar 45+4, 3-0 Kurzawa 52, 4-0 Kurzawa 72, 5-0 Kurzawa 78
    Boeckx, Mbodji, Spajić (49 Josué Sá), Gerkens, Onyekuru (79 Stanciu), Appiah, Kums, Trebel, Dendoncker, Obradović, Hanni (60 Teodorczyk)
  • Matchday 5 (22/11/2017)
    RSC Anderlecht 1-2 FC Bayern München
    0-1 Lewandowski 51, 1-1 Hanni 63, 1-2 Tolisso 77
    Sels, Deschacht, Mbodji, Spajić, Gerkens (65 Onyekuru), Appiah, Kums, Trebel, Dendoncker, Teodorczyk (82 Harbaoui), Hanni (71 Bruno)
  • Matchday 6 (05/12/2017)
    Celtic FC-RSC Anderlecht

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Competition facts Only this chapter

UEFA Champions League: Did you know?

• In 2012/13, Chelsea became the first defending champions to fail to get through a group stage since the UEFA Champions League began. (This record, like the others, includes the seasons between 1999/2000 and 2002/03 that featured a second group stage). In 1992/93, Barcelona were the reigning European Champion Clubs' Cup holders and lost 4-3 on aggregate in the second round to CSKA Moskva.

• In 2016/17 Real Madrid became the first team to successfully defended the UEFA Champions League trophy, with Milan (1989, 1990) the previous club to win consecutive European Cups. Milan (1994, 1995), Ajax (1995, 1996), Juventus (1996, 1997) and Manchester United (2008, 2009) have all returned to the UEFA Champions League final as holders only to lose.

• Lazio goalkeeper Marco Ballotta is the oldest player to compete in the UEFA Champions League having featured against Real Madrid on matchday six in 2007/08 aged 43 years and 252 days. Alessandro Costacurta is the oldest outfield player; the Milan defender was 40 years and 211 days when he played against AEK Athens in 2006/07.

• Francesco Totti is the oldest player to score in the competition, aged 38 years and 59 days, in Roma's 1-1 draw at CSKA Moskva on 25 November 2014. Ryan Giggs (37 years 290 days) was the previous record holder.

• Celestine Babayaro is the youngest player to have appeared; he was 16 years and 87 days when he started for Anderlecht against Steaua Bucureşti on 23 November 1994. He was sent off in the 37th minute.

• Peter Ofori-Quaye is the youngest player to have scored in the UEFA Champions League, aged 17 years and 195 days. He found the net in Olympiacos's 5-1 defeat at Rosenborg on 1 October 1997.

• Lionel Messi became the first player to score five goals in a match in Barcelona's 7-1 win against Bayer Leverkusen on 7 March 2012, a feat matched by Shakhtar Donetsk's Luiz Adriano at BATE Borisov on 21 October 2014. Eleven more players, also including Messi, have scored four times in a game, most recently Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid CF on matchday six in 2015/16.

• Cristiano Ronaldo set a new record for a UEFA Champions League stage with 11 goals in 2015/16, eclipsing his own mark of nine goals in 2013/14, which Luiz Adriano matched in 2014/15. Lionel Messi got ten goals in 2016/17; Zlatan Ibrahimović (2013/14), Ruud van Nistelrooy (2004/05), Filippo Inzaghi and Hernán Crespo (both 2002/03) managed eight.

• Messi's hat-trick on matchday three of the 2016/17 competition was his seventh in the competition, a record Ronaldo matched against Club Atlético de Madrid in the 2016/17 semi-finals.

• Barcelona have finished as group winners on 18 occasions, three more than Real Madrid and four more than Manchester United and FC Bayern München.

• Bayern München (2 April 2013 to 27 November 2013) and Real Madrid (23 April 2014 to 18 February 2015) jointly hold the record for successive wins in the UEFA Champions League proper with ten. Bayern surpassed the previous mark of nine, set by Barcelona between 18 September 2002 and 18 February 2003.

• Six teams have recorded six successive victories in a UEFA Champions League group stage: Milan (1992/93), Paris Saint-Germain (1994/95), Spartak Moskva (1995/96), Barcelona (2002/03, first group stage) and Real Madrid (2011/12 and 2014/15).

• Nineteen teams have gone through a UEFA Champions League group stage without picking up a single point, most recently Club Brugge KV and GNK Dinamo Zagreb in 2016/17.

• Borussia Dortmund set a new group stage record by scoring 21 goals in 2016/17, eclipsing the old mark of 20 by Manchester United (1998/99), Barcelona (2011/12, 2016/17) and Real Madrid (2013/14).

• Only Deportivo La Coruña (2004/05), Maccabi Haifa (2009/10) and Dinamo Zagreb (2016/17) have failed to score in a group stage.

• BATE Borisov conceded 24 goals in 2014/15, a new record which was matched by Legia Warszawa in 2016/17. The previous mark, 22, was held by Dinamo Zagreb (2011/12) and Nordsjælland (2012/13); Malmö FF shipped 21 in 2015/16.

• No team has ever gone through a UEFA Champions League group stage without conceding a goal. Milan (1992/93), Ajax (1995/96), Juventus (1996/97 and 2004/05), Chelsea (2005/06), Liverpool (2005/06), Villarreal (2005/06), Manchester United (2010/11), Monaco (2014/15) and Paris Saint-Germain (2015/16) all let in just one.

• Before their 3-1 win against Sporting Clube de Portugal on matchday six of the 2006/07 campaign, Spartak Moskva went 22 games without a victory in the competition, a mark FCSB surpassed on matchday six in 2013/14.

• RSC Anderlecht hold the unwanted record for successive defeats in the competition, group stage to final, having lost 12 in a row between December 2003 and November 2005. GNK Dinamo Zagreb are next with 11 consecutive losses on two occasions, from September 2011 to December 2012 and again from 29 September 2015 onwards.

• The lowest total for a team qualifying from the group stage is six points: Zenit in 2013/14 and AS Roma in 2015/16. Since three points for a win was introduced in 1995/96, eight teams have made it through with seven points: Legia Warszawa (1995/96), Dynamo Kyiv (1999/2000), Liverpool (2001/02), Lokomotiv Moskva and eventual finalists Juventus (both 2002/03), Rangers and Werder Bremen (2005/06) and Basel 1893 (2014/15).

• Napoli failed to qualify from their group with 12 points in 2013/14, the highest total of any team not to reach the next stage when the top two in each section progressed. Dynamo Kyiv (1999/2000), Borussia Dortmund (2002/03 – both second group stage), PSV Eindhoven (2003/04), Olympiacos and Dynamo Kyiv (both 2004/05), Werder Bremen (2006/07), Manchester City (2011/12), Chelsea and CFR 1907 Cluj (both 2012/13), Benfica (2013/14) and FC Porto (2015/16) all missed out with ten points.

• Only two teams have ever won the UEFA Champions League on home soil: Borussia Dortmund (1997, final in Munich) and Juventus (1996, final in Rome), while Manchester United lost the 2011 final in London and 12 months later Bayern were beaten in the showpiece in their own stadium, the Fußball Arena München.


Team facts Only this chapter

Celtic FC
Nickname: The Hoops, The Bhoys

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• European Champion Clubs' Cup (1): 1967, (1970)
• UEFA Cup: (2003)
• European/South American Cup: (1967)

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 48 (2017)
Scottish Cup: 37 (2017)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)
2016/17: group stage
UEFA Europa League group stage (having transferred from the UEFA Champions League play-offs)
2014/15: UEFA Europa League round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League play-offs)
2013/14: group stage
2012/13: round of 16
2011/12: UEFA Europa League group stage
2010/11: UEFA Europa League play-offs (having transferred from the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)
2009/10: UEFA Europa League group stage (having transferred from the UEFA Champions League play-offs)
2008/09: group stage
2007/08: round of 16

UEFA club competition
• Biggest home win
Celtic v KPV Kokkola
16/09/70, European Champion Clubs' Cup first round first leg

• Biggest away win
0-7: Waterford United FC v Celtic
21/10/70, European Champion Clubs' Cup second round first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-5: Celtic v Paris Saint-Germain
12/09/17, UEFA Champions League group stage

• Heaviest away defeat
7-0: FC Barcelona v Celtic
13/09/16, UEFA Champions League group stage

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final)
• Biggest home win
3-0: Celtic FC v SL Benfica
17/10/2006, group stage

• Biggest away win
0-3: RSC Anderlecht v Celtic
27/09/17, group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
0-5: Celtic v Paris Saint-Germain (see above for details)

• Heaviest away defeat
7-0: FC Barcelona v Celtic (see above for details)


RSC Anderlecht
Paars-wit (Purple and Whites, Dutch), Les Mauves et Blancs (Purple and Whites, French)

UEFA club competition honours (runners-up in brackets)
• UEFA Cup Winners' Cup (2): 1976, (1977), 1978, (1990)
• UEFA Cup (1): 1983, (1984)
• UEFA Super Cup (2): 1976, 1978

Domestic honours (most recent triumph in brackets)
League title: 34 (2017)
Belgian Cup: 9 (2008)

Ten-year European record (UEFA Champions League unless indicated otherwise)
UEFA Europa League quarter-finals (having transferred from UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)
UEFA Europa League round of 16
UEFA Europa League round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League group stage)
group stage
group stage
UEFA Europa League round of 32
2010/11: UEFA Europa League round of 32 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League play-offs)
2009/10: UEFA Europa League round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League play-offs)
2008/09: second qualifying round
2007/08: UEFA Cup round of 16 (having transferred from UEFA Champions League third qualifying round)

UEFA club competition
• Biggest home win
9-0: Anderlecht v Derry City FC
23/11/65, European Champion Clubs' Cup first round first leg

• Biggest away win
1-10: FC Haka v Anderlecht
14/09/66, European Champion Clubs' Cup first round first leg

• Heaviest home defeat
0-5: Anderlecht v Paris Saint-Germain
23/10/13, UEFA Champions League group stage
0-5: Anderlecht v FC Bayern München
06/03/08, UEFA Cup round of 16 first leg

• Heaviest away defeat
10-0: Manchester United FC v Anderlecht
26/09/56, European Champion Clubs' Cup preliminary round second leg

UEFA Champions League (group stage to final only)
• Biggest home win
4-2: Anderlecht v FC Dynamo Kyiv
18/10/00, first group stage
2-0: Anderlecht v Galatasaray AŞ
26/11/14, group stage
2-0: Anderlecht v Real Madrid CF
14/03/01, second group stage

• Biggest away win
2-3: PSV Eindhoven v Anderlecht
08/11/00, first group stage
0-1: Real Betis Balompié v Anderlecht
06/12/05, group stage

• Heaviest home defeat
0-5: Anderlecht v Paris Saint-Germain (see above for details)

• Heaviest away defeat
5-0: Paris Saint-Germain v Anderlecht
31/10/17, group stage



The all-time record of the competing clubs in UEFA club competition.

UEFA club competition: These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records in UEFA club competition defined as European Champion Clubs' Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Cup Winner's Cup UEFA Super Cup, UEFA Intertoto Cup and European/South American Cup. Matches in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and the 1972 Super Cup are not included as they were not held under UEFA auspices, while the FIFA Club World Cup is excluded.

Match officials

UCL: Total matches officiated in the UEFA Champions League from 1992/93 season, group stage to final only. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records.

UEFA: Total matches officiated in UEFA club competition including all qualifying round matches. Matches where the official has acted as the fourth official are not included in these statistics. These are the official statistics considered valid for communicating official records.


Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Competition stages

  • F: Final
  • GS: Group stage
  • GS1: First group stage
  • GS2: Second group stage
  • 3QR: Third qualifying round
  • R1: First round
  • R2: Second round
  • R3: Third round
  • R4: Fourth round
  • PR: Preliminary round
  • SF: Semi-finals
  • QF: Quarter-finals
  • R16: round of 16
  • QR: Qualifying round
  • R32: Round of 32
  • 1QR: First qualifying round
  • 1st: first leg
  • 2QR: Second qualifying round
  • 2nd: second leg
  • FT: Final tournament
  • PO: Play-off
  • ELITE: Elite round
  • Rep: Replay
  • 3rdPO: Third-place play-off
  • PO - FT: Play-off for Final Tournament
  • GS-FT: Group stage – final tournament

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
  • f: Match forfeited


  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • UCLQ: Current season total UEFA Champions League appearances in the qualifying rounds and play-offs only
  • UCL: Current season total UEFA Champions League appearances from group stage onwards prior to current matchday
  • UCL: Total appearances in the UEFA Champions League from 1992/93 season, group stage to final only
  • UEFA: All-time total appearances in UEFA club competition including qualifying
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on