Celtic crashed out of the Champions League and indeed European competition altogether courtesy of a systematic dismantling by Milan.

The Italians were just too clinical for their hosts, though they were aided by some dreadful defending.

Kaka headed the only goal of a largely even and entertaining first half.

But Milan took charge after the break as Cristian Zapata and Mario Balotelli added further goals to end Celtic's hopes of another crack at the last 16.

It leaves them firmly rooted to the bottom of Group H, with just three points and a solitary win at home to Ajax.

Profligate versus clinical

  • Celtic's 20 shots on goal was double the amount Milan had.
  • Milan scored three goals from three shots on target.

Barcelona's defeat by Ajax in Amsterdam also puts the Dutch side out of reach in third place, meaning Celtic do not even have the solace of Europa League football.

Prior to this match, Milan were on a run of seven games without victory and languish in 13th place in Serie A.

Celtic's phenomenal record at Celtic Park in Europe coupled with Milan's dire form had many expecting a home win, but Neil Lennon's warning that the Italian giants could be a "wounded animal" was proved correct as they ran out comfortable winners.

Their opener was a goal of infuriating simplicity from Celtic's point of view, with the hitherto exemplary Virgil van Dijk guilty of a total loss of concentration.

As Valter Birsa curled in a corner, Van Dijk drifted off Kaka, who was left to head unchallenged past Fraser Forster from six yards out.

The visitors' second also found the Celtic defence wanting, again from a Birsa corner, which was knocked back across goal by Antonio Nocerino and over the line by the lurking Zapata.

A dejected Celtic side realise their 2013-14 European journey is over

A dejected Celtic side realise their 2013-14 European journey is over

A night to forget for the Celtic defence was made even worse when a straight-forward ball over the top from Riccardo Montolivo beat both Van Dijk and Efe Ambrose, allowing Balotelli to slide the ball past Forster.

The timing of the first two goals was particularly galling as each one followed glaring misses by the home side.

Beram Kayal hesitated slightly right in front of goal before slicing wide under pressure from Zapata moments before Kaka headed the Italians in front.

And just before Zapata's tap-in, Van Dijk, presented with a glorious opportunity to make amends for his earlier lapse, volleyed straight at Abbiati from six yards when anywhere else on target would surely have meant an equaliser.

And when Van Dijk finally looked to have restored a bit of pride by heading past Abbiati to reduce the deficit, he was judged offside.

Celtic's only other efforts of any great note came from Charlie Mulgrew, who shot tamely into Abbiati's arms, and James Forrest, who poked the ball just wide of the post with the game already lost.

It was a timid end to a night that had begun so full of promise for Celtic as Milan went some way to restoring their damaged reputation and pride.

For Neil Lennon, it leaves just the league title - already a foregone conclusion - and the Scottish Cup to play for.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Celtic

  • 01 Forster
  • 23 Lustig
  • 03 Izaguirre Booked
  • 21 Mulgrew
  • 04 Ambrose
  • 05 van Dijk Booked
  • 49 Forrest (Rogic - 80' )
  • 33 Kayal (Ledley - 31' )
  • 09 Samaras
  • 15 Commons Booked (Stokes - 65' )
  • 11 Boerrigter

Substitutes

  • 10 Stokes
  • 16 Ledley
  • 17 Baldé
  • 18 Rogic
  • 20 Pukki
  • 24 Zaluska
  • 41 Fisher

Milan

  • 32 Abbiati
  • 20 Abate (Nocerino - 48' )
  • 28 Emanuelson
  • 34 de Jong
  • 17 Zapata
  • 25 Bonera
  • 16 Poli
  • 18 Montolivo
  • 45 Balotelli
  • 14 Birsa (Constant - 72' )
  • 22 Kaká (Robinho - 80' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Robinho
  • 09 Matri
  • 21 Constant
  • 23 Nocerino
  • 24 Cristante
  • 26 Silvestre
  • 35 Coppola
Ref: Cüneyt Çakir

Match Stats

Shots

20 9

On target

4 3

Corners

9 4

Fouls

19 12

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Celtic 0, Milan 3.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Celtic 0, Milan 3.

90:00 +2:35

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

90:00 +2:35

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:09

(Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:09

Foul by Antonio Nocerino (Milan).

89:57

Attempt missed. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Emilio Izaguirre with a cross.

88:34

Offside, Celtic. Efe Ambrose tries a through ball, but Georgios Samaras is caught offside.

87:13

Attempt saved. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

86:38

Tomas Rogic (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:38

Foul by Kevin Constant (Milan).

86:12

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

85:23

Delay in match Robinho (Milan) because of an injury.

83:09

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Cristian Zapata.

83:06

Attempt blocked. Derk Boerrigter (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

82:21

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:21

Foul by Daniele Bonera (Milan).

80:20

Offside, Milan. Kevin Constant tries a through ball, but Robinho is caught offside.

79:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Robinho replaces Kaká.

79:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Tomas Rogic replaces James Forrest.

79:05

Foul by Derk Boerrigter (Celtic).

79:05

Antonio Nocerino (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

78:39

Attempt saved. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Emilio Izaguirre with a cross.

76:36

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

76:36

Urby Emanuelson (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:13

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

75:13

Cristian Zapata (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:18

Attempt missed. Joe Ledley (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

73:58

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Riccardo Montolivo.

71:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Kevin Constant replaces Valter Birsa.

70:48

Attempt missed. Mikael Lustig (Celtic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emilio Izaguirre with a cross.

69:44

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:44

Foul by Andrea Poli (Milan).

68:41

Offside, Milan. Mario Balotelli tries a through ball, but Kaká is caught offside.

67:43

Attempt missed. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Emilio Izaguirre following a corner.

67:36

Attempt blocked. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew with a cross.

67:14

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

66:49

Georgios Samaras (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:49

Foul by Cristian Zapata (Milan).

65:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Anthony Stokes replaces Kris Commons.

64:32 Booking

Booking Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:12

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

64:12

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:06 Booking

Booking Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:47

Foul by Virgil van Dijk (Celtic).

62:47

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:52

Attempt missed. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mikael Lustig.

61:33

Derk Boerrigter (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:33

Dangerous play by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

58:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 0, Milan 3. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Riccardo Montolivo with a through ball.

58:33

Antonio Nocerino (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:33

Foul by Joe Ledley (Celtic).

56:08 Booking

Booking Kris Commons (Celtic) is shown the yellow card.

56:05

Nigel de Jong (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:05

Foul by Kris Commons (Celtic).

53:27

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

52:47

Foul by Joe Ledley (Celtic).

52:47

Valter Birsa (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:17

Foul by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

51:17

Efe Ambrose (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:36

Offside, Celtic. Joe Ledley tries a through ball, but Virgil van Dijk is caught offside.

50:03

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Daniele Bonera.

48:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 0, Milan 2. Cristian Zapata (Milan) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Antonio Nocerino following a corner.

48:29

Attempt missed. Antonio Nocerino (Milan) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Valter Birsa with a cross following a corner.

48:05

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

47:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Milan. Antonio Nocerino replaces Ignazio Abate.

46:46

Attempt saved. Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew.

46:40

Attempt blocked. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

45:33

Foul by Urby Emanuelson (Milan).

45:33

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Celtic 0, Milan 1.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Celtic 0, Milan 1.

45:00 +1:12

Hand ball by Mario Balotelli (Milan).

45:00 +0:31

Attempt missed. Georgios Samaras (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Emilio Izaguirre with a cross.

40:23

Cristian Zapata (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:23

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

38:35

Offside, Milan. Andrea Poli tries a through ball, but Mario Balotelli is caught offside.

38:17

Kaká (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:17

Foul by Mikael Lustig (Celtic).

37:55

Kaká (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:55

Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

36:11

Attempt saved. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

35:03

Foul by Riccardo Montolivo (Milan).

35:03

Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:41

Andrea Poli (Milan) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:41

Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).

32:26

Urby Emanuelson (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:26

Foul by James Forrest (Celtic).

31:46

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Cristian Zapata.

31:44

Attempt blocked. Derk Boerrigter (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Emilio Izaguirre.

31:16

Foul by Kaká (Milan).

31:16

Virgil van Dijk (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:27

Attempt missed. Valter Birsa (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Kaká.

30:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Celtic. Joe Ledley replaces Beram Kayal because of an injury.

29:57

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

29:00

Delay in match Beram Kayal (Celtic) because of an injury.

28:30

Attempt missed. Kaká (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Valter Birsa.

25:52

Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

25:23

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

25:23

Daniele Bonera (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:56

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Kaká.

24:40

Attempt missed. Derk Boerrigter (Celtic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Forrest with a cross.

24:26

Foul by Nigel de Jong (Milan).

24:26

Beram Kayal (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

22:57

Offside, Celtic. Efe Ambrose tries a through ball, but Derk Boerrigter is caught offside.

22:53

Attempt blocked. Efe Ambrose (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

22:12

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

20:06

Attempt missed. Riccardo Montolivo (Milan) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

17:47

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

16:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

16:16

Delay in match Ignazio Abate (Milan) because of an injury.

15:45

Ignazio Abate (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:45

Foul by Derk Boerrigter (Celtic).

13:43

Valter Birsa (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:43

Foul by James Forrest (Celtic).

11:56 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Celtic 0, Milan 1. Kaká (Milan) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Valter Birsa with a cross following a corner.

11:29

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

10:56

Corner, Milan. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.

10:53

Attempt blocked. Urby Emanuelson (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

10:05

Mario Balotelli (Milan) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

10:05

Foul by Beram Kayal (Celtic).

9:30

Nigel de Jong (Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:30

Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).

8:47

Attempt missed. Beram Kayal (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew.

8:46

Attempt blocked. Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

7:33

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Urby Emanuelson.

2:30

Attempt missed. Mario Balotelli (Milan) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Daniele Bonera with a headed pass.

1:51

Attempt missed. Derk Boerrigter (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Charlie Mulgrew with a cross following a corner.

1:17

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Daniele Bonera.

0:12

Offside, Milan. Ignazio Abate tries a through ball, but Mario Balotelli is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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