|Diego - Turan for Atletico de Madrid|
The Scottish team was strong & fierce the first half of the match with numerous chances that Atletico goalie COURTOIS managed to cancel out ( he saved Atletico) . Celtic & Greek International player SAMARAS was a menace then & all the match & ARDAN TURAN managed to break the Scottish spirit with an outside the square driver in the 30th min that put the Spanish team ahead.
From then it was see-saw stuff with chances arising on both sides & both goalies working hard. Tough midfield action & tackles, plus a penalty not called for Atletico when Falcao attempted to score. That & the expected last moments onslaught by Celtic to attempt to equalize happened to end it all in the Spanish victory.
Lastly just an observation, Atletico de Madrid player Jose Antonio Reyes did´nt play thus suggesting that the ongoing "punishment-conflict" being put on by Coach Manzano continues & may further heat up things. The player & Club has received a 6M€ offer from Turkish Club Galatasaray & this "arm wrestle" between Coach & the player may see either Manzano out if he loses games or Reyes out in the "Winter Market". Stay tuned!
Tomorrow Athletic Club Bilbao plays its Europa League Group F match against Bratislava. Should be a top match.