Neil Lennon’s Celtic FC side beat Ajax at Celtic Park in round three of their Champions League campaign.
CELTIC 2-1 AJAX
In front of a sell out crowd the home side were lucky to win a match in which they scored two lucky goals, James Forrest’s penalty opened the scoring with Beram Kayal’s deflected strike sealing the victory. Ajax got a concilation goal deep into injury time through Lasse Schone.
The opening goal was controversial with stewards and police having to wade in to keep the peace as Ajax fans reacted angrily. The penalty was awarded after Anthony Stokes was tripped by Stefano Denswil. James Forrest stepped up to absolutely bury it past Jasper Cillessen to open the scoring in first half injury time. Celtic were very lucky to have the lead with Ajax having most of the first half possession.
The second goal was also a little fortuitous as Georgios Samaras worked his way in from the left then battering a shot that was blocked out to the edge of the area. Then his team mate Beram Kayal’s shot took a wicked deflection off Stefano Denswil before finding the net.
The last forty minutes was dominated by Ajax with Thulani Serero bursting into the Celtic penalty on numerous occasions but was unable to get a strike on target.
After only five minutes on the pitch Nir Bitton was sent off for Celtic (88min) and this lead to a late consolation goal for Ajax through Lasse Schone, the substitute lashed the ball home from 20 yards.
“That’s a fantastic win for us, a monumental effort from those players tonight,” said Celtic manager Neil Lennon.
Ajax’s Frank de Boer felt the better side had ended up losing the game.
“I cannot be angry, we gave 120 percent, we created many chances. But in the end we had to score (from them),” the Dutch side’s manager said.