Scottish side Celtic are in pole position to reach the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since the 2013/14 season despite conceding two goals at home to Israeli side, Hapoel Beer Sheva. As favourites for the match, they rightly so justified the tag with a dazzling display and won the match 5-2.
Three unanswered goals in the first half saw Celtic enter the break in total command. Tom Rogic’s opener in the 9th minute was followed by a brace from Leigh Griffiths. The second half was a different story however as Lucio Maranhao and Melikso scored two quick fire goals for Hapoel Beer Sheva to leave the contest wide open. In the end though, Celtic’s attacking perseverance shone through as Moussa Dembele made it 4-2 in the 73rd minute before Scott Brown rounded off the scoring to cap off a scintillating display of slick attacking football from the Scottish Champions.
Rodgers’ men outplayed their opponents in every aspect as Beer Sheva were limited to rare counter attacking forays for most parts of the game. Celtic’s slick passing and attacking game seems a mix of the style of football Rodgers played at Swansea and Liverpool. This was evident as the Bhoys controlled possession completing an impressive 87% of their passes.
Even more impressive were the individual pass completion stats, especially from Scott brown, Kolo Toure, Eoghan O’Connell, Tom Rogic, Callum McGregor and Nir Britton.
Check out the full stats below! The reverse leg takes place in Israel next Tuesday.