CELTIC have made some unwanted history against tonight’s Champions League opponents.
Atletico Madrid are the team the Hoops have faced most in European competition without ever winning – six games, two draws and four losses.
In their most recent confrontations, in the 2011/12 Europa League group stage, the Parkhead men lost home and away, exciting on a 3-0 aggregate.
MY HERO…Neil Lennon acclaims keeper Fraser Forster after the 2-1 win at Parkhead in November 2012.
Since Neil Lennon’s side’s remarkable 2-1 triumph against Barcelona in November 2012, Celtic have lost each of their last three Champions League home games against Spanish opposition without scoring a solitary goal.
In Brendan Rodgers’ last home European tie in his first stint as Hoops gaffer, the team lost 2-0 to Valencia. They crashed 1-0 in the return leg to exit Europe on a 3-0 aggregate.
How much can you remember in past confrontations against Spanish sides? Have a go in CQN‘s fun five-minute quiz.
Answers will be provided when the team is announced before kick-off.
AGONY…Neil Lennon can’t bear to watch as Celtic lose 1-0 at home to Atletico Madrd in November 2011.
1: Celtic beat Real Madrid 1-0 in the Testimonial Match for the Spanish club’s legendary Alfredo di Stefano in June 1967. Who was the matchwinner?
2: Celtic overcame mighty Barcelona 2-1 almost 11 years ago at Parkhead. Who scored the Hoops goals?
3: Celtic lost 2-1 to Atletico in closed-doors in Glasgow on October 2 1985. Who netted the hosts’ consolation goal?
4: Martin O’Neill paid £1million for a Spanish player from Livingston in the summer of 2002. Can you remember his name?
5: Brendan Rodgers saw his side lose 1-0 in Valencia in his last European tie before moving to Leicester City in February 2019. Which Celtic player was sent off in Spain? Clue: He was on loan.
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