Kyogo Furuhashi

Celtic 1-2 Lazio: Pedro scores at death to leave Scots bottom of group

Kyogo FuruhashiKyogo Furuhashi’s early opener gave Celtic hope of a rare Champions League home win before Lazio hit back

Celtic endured late heartbreak as Pedro’s 95th-minute winner consigned the defending Scottish champions to another Champions League defeat.

Kyogo Furuhashi showed great composure to slide in his first goal in the competition to ignite a rowdy Celtic Park early on.

However, indecision in the home defence was punished midway through the first half as Matias Vecino was afforded space to glance in a header.

Brendan Rodgers’ side thought they had snatched a late winner through Luis Palma only for the video assistant referee (VAR) to intervene, and Celtic’s anguish would grow further as the Italians dramatically struck with just seconds left.

With Atletico Madrid beating Feyenoord 3-2 in Spain, it means Celtic, who have now not won at home in the Champions League for 10 years, sit bottom of Group E with no points after two games before a double-header against the Spaniards.

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Nightmarish traffic around Glasgow’s east end meant a fair few fans were not in their seats for kick-off. They missed Celtic motoring to quite a start under the Champions League lights.

Little surprise then when the home side accelerated to just the reward their early play deserved. Matt O’Riley’s pass into Kyogo was perfect for the Japanese to hit the ball underneath keeper Ivan Provedel.

The Italians flattered to deceive in the game’s first quarter, but they eventually awoke to peg their hosts back; Vecino’s header creeping agonisingly over the line by a foot or so before Hart clawed it clear.

Both sides exchanged chances before the break, but the visitors should have taken the lead five minutes after the restart. Felipe Anderson raced in on the right side of the box, only to hesitate and harmlessly prod an effort wide.

The bumper home crowd were then nearly celebrating another Celtic goal. Reo Hatate’s low shot from an O’Riley free-kick lay off brought a smart save from Provedel before right-back Alastair Johnston blasted over. You had the sense something was coming.

And in the 81st minute, Celtic Park thought that something had arrived. Palma’s snapshot found the bottom corner with a fine finish, only for a prolonged VAR check to bring wild celebrations to a shuddering halt.

While that felt bad for the home support, things would get worse in the dwindling seconds. The returning Cameron Carter-Vickers was robbed of possession, with Matteo Guendouzi’s perfect cross being nodded back across Hart and into the bottom corner by Pedro.

Player of the match – Luis Alberto

Luis AlbertoHe did not last the full match but for his first-half performance alone, the award goes to the Lazio’s Luis Alberto, who was not happy at being subbed off

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Frustration the feeling for Celtic – analysis

The overriding feeling here is one of frustration for Celtic.

They started like a house on fire, got the goal their early energy deserved, then fell out of things for a while to allow Lazio to level. Never outclassed, they matched the Serie A side after the break and thought they had taken three precious Champions League points for the first time in a decade when Palma blasted in.

Denied by VAR, Celtic not only failed to find a winner, they could not keep Lazio out.

More Champions League pain for Celtic, who have a difficult double-header with Atletico Madrid in store for them next in this competition. Yet to get off the mark in the group, it is a real uphill battle for them now to stay in Europe this season.

What’s next?

Celtic host Kilmarnock on Scottish Premiership duty on Saturday (15:00 BST), before their Champions League campaign resumes with Atletico Madrid coming to town on 25 October (20:00).

What the stats say

  • Celtic are now without a win in their last 11 Champions League home games (D2 L9), failing to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 16 at Celtic Park, with only three sides enduring longer runs without a home win in the competition – FCSB (13, 1996-2013), Lille (13, 2006-2021) and Club Brugge (12, 2016-2020).
  • Lazio won a Champions League game after conceding the first goal for the first time since October 2000 against Shakhtar Donetsk (5-1).
  • Lazio are now unbeaten in their past eight Champions League group stage games (W3 D5), their joint-longest run in the competition (including the 2nd group stage) along with their first eight fixtures in the competition in 1999-00 (W5 D3).
  • Matt O’Riley registered his 20th assist in all competitions since his debut for Celtic in January 2022, more than any other player for the club in that time (Jota next on 19).
  • Pedro’s winner for Lazio was, at 94 minutes 57 seconds, the fifth-latest winner in a Champions League game since 2003-04.
  • This game saw four Japanese players start a Champions League game for the first time ever – Reo Hatete, Kyogo Furuhashi and Daizen Maeda for Celtic, and Daichi Kamada for Lazio.
  • Line-ups
  • Match Stats
  • Live Text

Line-ups

Celtic

Formation 4-3-3

1Hart2Johnston6Phillips5Scales3Taylor33O’Riley42McGregor41Hatate38Maeda8Furuhashi13Yang

  • 1Hart
  • 2Johnston
  • 6PhillipsBooked at 45minsSubstituted forCarter-Vickersat 62’minutes
  • 5Scales
  • 3Taylor
  • 33O’Riley
  • 42McGregor
  • 41HatateSubstituted forGonçalves Bernardoat 72’minutes
  • 38Maeda
  • 8FuruhashiSubstituted forOhat 86’minutes
  • 13YangSubstituted forPalmaat 62’minutesBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 7Palma
  • 14Turnbull
  • 19Oh
  • 20Carter-Vickers
  • 24Iwata
  • 28Gonçalves Bernardo
  • 29Bain
  • 43Morrison
  • 49Forrest
  • 56Ralston
  • 90Johnston
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Lazio

Formation 4-3-3

94Provedel29Lazzari4Gabarrón Gil13Romagnoli23Hysaj6Kamada5Vecino10Romero Alconchel7Felipe Anderson17Immobile20Zaccagni

  • 94Provedel
  • 29LazzariSubstituted forMarusicat 84’minutes
  • 4Gabarrón Gil
  • 13Romagnoli
  • 23Hysaj
  • 6Kamada
  • 5VecinoBooked at 90mins
  • 10Romero AlconchelBooked at 61minsSubstituted forGuendouziat 68’minutes
  • 7Felipe AndersonSubstituted forIsaksenat 68’minutes
  • 17ImmobileSubstituted forCastellanosat 72’minutesBooked at 74mins
  • 20ZaccagniSubstituted forPedroat 84’minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Pellegrini
  • 8Guendouzi
  • 9Pedro
  • 15Casale
  • 18Isaksen
  • 19Castellanos
  • 32Cataldi
  • 33Sepe
  • 34Gila
  • 53Magro
  • 65Rovella
  • 77Marusic

Referee:Donatas RumsasAttendance:56,063

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamLazioPossessionHome55%Away45%ShotsHome11Away9Shots on TargetHome4Away3CornersHome4Away3FoulsHome10Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Celtic 1, Lazio 2.

  2. 90’+8′

    Full Time

    Second Half ends, Celtic 1, Lazio 2.

  3. 90’+7′

    Booking

    Luigi Sepe (Lazio) is shown the yellow card.

  4. 90’+5’goal

    Goal!

    Goal! Celtic 1, Lazio 2. Pedro (Lazio) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Mattéo Guendouzi.

  5. 90’+3′

    Booking

    Matías Vecino (Lazio) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. 90’+3′

    Post update

    Oh Hyeon-Gyu (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. 90’+3′

    Post update

    Foul by Matías Vecino (Lazio).

  8. 90’+3′

    Post update

    Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).

  9. 90’+3′

    Post update

    Valentín Castellanos (Lazio) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. 90’+1′

    Post update

    Foul by Oh Hyeon-Gyu (Celtic).

  11. 90’+1′

    Post update

    Adam Marusic (Lazio) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  12. 90′

    Post update

    Oh Hyeon-Gyu (Celtic) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. 90′

    Post update

    Foul by Alessio Romagnoli (Lazio).

  14. 88′

    Post update

    Offside, Lazio. Patric tries a through ball, but Valentín Castellanos is caught offside.

  15. 86′

    Substitution

    Substitution, Celtic. Oh Hyeon-Gyu replaces Kyogo Furuhashi.

  16. 84′

    Substitution

    Substitution, Lazio. Adam Marusic replaces Manuel Lazzari.

  17. 84′

    Substitution

    Substitution, Lazio. Pedro replaces Mattia Zaccagni.

  18. 83′

    Post update

    VAR Decision: No Goal Celtic 1-1 Lazio.

  19. 82′

    Booking

    Luis Palma (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  20. 81′

    Post update

    GOAL OVERTURNED BY VAR: Luis Palma (Celtic) scores but the goal is ruled out after a VAR review.

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Player of the match

PedroPedro

with an average of 8.49

  • CelticCelticCeltic
  • LazioLazioLazio

Celtic

Avg

  1. Squad number5Player nameScalesAverage rating

    4.41

  2. Squad number8Player nameFuruhashiAverage rating

    4.26

  3. Squad number1Player nameHartAverage rating

    4.18

  4. Squad number33Player nameO’RileyAverage rating

    4.15

  5. Squad number6Player namePhillipsAverage rating

    3.95

  6. Squad number42Player nameMcGregorAverage rating

    3.80

  7. Squad number38Player nameMaedaAverage rating

    3.79

  8. Squad number3Player nameTaylorAverage rating

    3.71

  9. Squad number7Player namePalmaAverage rating

    3.67

  10. Squad number2Player nameJohnstonAverage rating

    3.64

  11. Squad number41Player nameHatateAverage rating

    3.50

  12. Squad number28Player namePaulo BernardoAverage rating

    3.35

  13. Squad number20Player nameCarter-VickersAverage rating

    3.27

  14. Squad number13Player nameYang Hyun-JunAverage rating

    3.16

  15. Squad number19Player nameOh Hyeon-GyuAverage rating

    3.08

Lazio

Avg

  1. Squad number9Player namePedroAverage rating

    8.49

  2. Squad number10Player nameLuis AlbertoAverage rating

    8.33

  3. Squad number18Player nameIsaksenAverage rating

    8.25

  4. Squad number5Player nameVecinoAverage rating

    8.16

  5. Squad number17Player nameImmobileAverage rating

    8.15

  6. Squad number8Player nameGuendouziAverage rating

    8.15

  7. Squad number6Player nameKamadaAverage rating

    8.13

  8. Squad number7Player nameFelipe AndersonAverage rating

    8.09

  9. Squad number20Player nameZaccagniAverage rating

    8.06

  10. Squad number13Player nameRomagnoliAverage rating

    8.02

  11. Squad number4Player namePatricAverage rating

    8.00

  12. Squad number23Player nameHysajAverage rating

    7.98

  13. Squad number19Player nameCastellanosAverage rating

    7.94

  14. Squad number77Player nameMarusicAverage rating

    7.94

  15. Squad number29Player nameLazzariAverage rating

    7.85

  16. Squad number94Player nameProvedelAverage rating

    7.69