Champions League - Group H
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Champions League Group H: Ajax 1-0 Celtic

Lasse Schone celebrates Ajax's winner against Celtic

Celtic turned in their poorest Champions League performance of the campaign as they fell to a potentially damaging defeat in Amsterdam.

Lasse Schone's wonderfully-worked goal was enough to avenge the defeat the Dutch suffered at the hands of Neil Lennon's side in Glasgow.

It leaves Celtic bottom of Group H with just three points from four games.

Even if they beat Milan at home in their next game, they may need to take something from Barcelona to progress.

Celtic's display was all the more disappointing given the positivity with which they arrived in the Dutch capital.

But the thousands of travelling supporters were given little to cheer as their team barely threatened the Ajax goal.

The home side were on top throughout and the winning Ajax goal was befitting of any of the teams who have worn the famous red and white jerseys over the years.

A fabulous move of one-touch passing involving Schone, Davy Klaassen, Siem de Jong and Thulani Serero left the Celtic defence gaping in wonder as the Dane rounded it off by poking it cutely past goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Schone - impressive throughout - almost curled in a second direct from a corner, only for Emilio Izaguirre to head off the line.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

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Ajax also struck the post late on, with Forster gratefully watching Stefano Denswil's header come off the upright.

The tone was set by Celtic's first-half performance, which failed to reach the standards set previously in the Champions League, typified by defensive lapses and an inability to impose themselves in an attacking sense.

Despite that, Forster was called into serious action only twice.

Denswil tested him with an early 30-yard free kick, which was pushed behind by the keeper.

More impressively, he sprung to his right to tip De Jong's downward header round the post following a terrific cross by Ricardo van Rhijn.

Celtic failed to trouble Jasper Cillessen in the opening period, but should have done so just a minute before Schone struck for Ajax.

Lasse Schone scores for Ajax
Ajax's Lasse Schone pokes past Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster

Beram Kayal was allowed to run from the halfway line as far as the edge of the Ajax penalty area, as Anthony Stokes's clever run dragged defenders away, but the midfielder's shot, under little pressure, flew wildly over.

That miss felt all the more painful as Schone made the breakthrough and though Stokes made Cillessen work shortly afterwards, the striker's effort from the left of the penalty area was comfortably held by the Dutch international.

On a bitterly disappointing evening for Celtic, only Forster and the immense Virgil van Dijk earned pass-marks and Neil Lennon will know much improvement is required if Champions League progress is to remain a reality.

Line-ups

Ajax

  • 22Cillessen
  • 2van Rhijn
  • 15Boilesen
  • 17Blind
  • 12Veltman
  • 24DenswilBooked at 68mins
  • 18KlaassenBooked at 40minsSubstituted forPoulsenat 82'minutes
  • 25SereroSubstituted forFischerat 72'minutes
  • 10de Jong
  • 20Schöne
  • 9SigthorssonSubstituted forvan der Hoornat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Vermeer
  • 4Moisander
  • 5Poulsen
  • 6van der Hoorn
  • 7Fischer
  • 16Andersen
  • 23Hoesen

Celtic

  • 1Forster
  • 23Lustig
  • 3IzaguirreBooked at 43mins
  • 33KayalSubstituted forLedleyat 77'minutes
  • 4Ambrose
  • 5van Dijk
  • 49Forrest
  • 21Mulgrew
  • 10StokesSubstituted forBoerrigterat 73'minutes
  • 15CommonsSubstituted forPukkiat 81'minutes
  • 9SamarasBooked at 19mins

Substitutes

  • 11Boerrigter
  • 16Ledley
  • 17Baldé
  • 18Rogic
  • 20Pukki
  • 24Zaluska
  • 41Fisher
Referee:
Deniz Aytekin

Match Stats

Home TeamAjaxAway TeamCeltic
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home14
Away9
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home16
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Ajax 1, Celtic 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Ajax 1, Celtic 0.
Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Emilio Izaguirre.
Offside, Celtic. Joe Ledley tries a through ball, but Georgios Samaras is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Joe Ledley (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Teemu Pukki.
Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Mike van der Hoorn.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Mike van der Hoorn replaces Kolbeinn Sigthorsson.
Stefano Denswil (Ajax) hits the right post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Lasse Schöne with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Fraser Forster.
Attempt saved. Siem de Jong (Ajax) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lasse Schöne.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Christian Poulsen replaces Davy Klaassen.
Delay in match Davy Klaassen (Ajax) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Mikael Lustig (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Teemu Pukki replaces Kris Commons.
Dangerous play by Nicolai Boilesen (Ajax).
James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Ajax) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Viktor Fischer.
Attempt saved. Lasse Schöne (Ajax) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Viktor Fischer.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Joe Ledley replaces Beram Kayal.
Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Viktor Fischer.
Joël Veltman (Ajax) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
Attempt blocked. Viktor Fischer (Ajax) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Davy Klaassen.
Siem de Jong (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic).

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Derk Boerrigter replaces Anthony Stokes.

Substitution

Substitution, Ajax. Viktor Fischer replaces Thulani Serero.
Offside, Celtic. Anthony Stokes tries a through ball, but Kris Commons is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by James Forrest.
Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.
Attempt missed. Beram Kayal (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

Booking

Stefano Denswil (Ajax) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Stefano Denswil (Ajax).
Kris Commons (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt saved. Kris Commons (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Hand ball by Davy Klaassen (Ajax).
Foul by Joël Veltman (Ajax).
Anthony Stokes (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Joël Veltman (Ajax).
Anthony Stokes (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Joël Veltman (Ajax) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Davy Klaassen following a corner.
Corner, Ajax. Conceded by Mikael Lustig.
Davy Klaassen (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Georgios Samaras (Celtic).
Attempt saved. Anthony Stokes (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Kris Commons.
Foul by Nicolai Boilesen (Ajax).
Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Ajax. Daley Blind tries a through ball, but Thulani Serero is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Ajax 1, Celtic 0. Lasse Schöne (Ajax) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Thulani Serero.
Attempt missed. Beram Kayal (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Kris Commons.
Offside, Celtic. Efe Ambrose tries a through ball, but Anthony Stokes is caught offside.
Foul by Nicolai Boilesen (Ajax).
Mikael Lustig (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins Ajax 0, Celtic 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Ajax 0, Celtic 0.
Offside, Ajax. Davy Klaassen tries a through ball, but Lasse Schöne is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Thulani Serero (Ajax) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Lasse Schöne (Ajax) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic).
goal

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