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Vicente Calderon (ATT 25,000) 15th September 2011 - Kick off 20:05 Ref: P Rasmussen

A Madrid Atletico Madrid vs Celtic Celtic

A Madrid 2

Falcao (3)
Diego (68)

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Celtic 0

Two easy for Atletico

Falcao and Diego were on target against Celtic

Last Updated: 15/09/11 10:42pm

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Atletico Madrid celebrate their first goal against Celtic

Atletico Madrid celebrate their first goal against Celtic

Atletico Madrid picked up all three points in their opening Europa League Group I game on Thursday evening as they convincingly defeated Celtic 2-0 at the Vicente Calderon.

A Radamel Falcao header after just three minutes from a Diego corner gave Atletico the lead in the Spanish capital, and then on 68 minutes the Brazilian himself found the target from close range.

The home side could have added a third with just 15 minutes of normal time left had Arda Turan's attempt not come off the frame of the Celtic goal.

Early goal in Madrid

Celtic were reinstated into the competition after Sion, who beat them 3-1 on aggregate in the play-offs, were thrown out by Uefa after being found guilty of fielding ineligible players.

However, it was a nightmare start for Lennon's side, as the game was barely into the third minute when Charlie Mulgrew conceded a corner and Diego's cross into the box was met by Falcao, who bulleted his header from ten yards past goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Celtic wobbled in the following moments but in the sixth minute lone striker Gary Hooper was set up by stand-in skipper Beram Kayal. Atletico custodian Thibaut Courtois rushed from his goal to block the former Scunthorpe striker's close-range shot.

The visitors composed themselves and certainly posed a threat when they went forward but Atletico also looked dangerous any time they encroached on the Celtic penalty area, and in the 13th minute Diego had an effort from 25 yards that flew wide.

The hosts began to impose themselves and Mulgrew did well to block a goalbound header from Falcao at the expense of a corner before Arda Turan fired in a shot from distance which went too close to the visitors' goal for the comfort of Forster.

Lennon's men were finding it difficult to get out of their own half at times and in the 33rd minute Forster had to make a decent save when Turan unleashed a shot from 25 yards.

Second half action

Celtic began the second half positively when midfielder Ki Sung-yueng's powerful drive from 30 yards had to be tipped over the bar by Courtois although the corner came to nothing.

There was a penalty claim at the other end moments later when Parkhead midfielder Joe Ledley tangled with Diego in his attempt to thwart a strike on goal but Danish referee Peter Rasmussen was unimpressed.

Former Arsenal star Jose Antonio Reyes replaced Koke in the 56th minute as Atletico looked to get back into their stride which by this time looked to have been broken by some spirited battling by Celtic.

Atletico midfielder Mario Suarez was rightly booked for a cynical foul on Samaras in the 58th minute as the former Manchester City striker broke with purpose over the halfway line.

In the 65th minute, after Arda Turan had bundled Ki to the ground 30 yards from goal, Mulgrew came close with his free-kick, the ball speeding just past the near post.

But in the 68th minute the home side doubled their lead in quite simple style after they had cut open the Hoops defence with Turan's cut-back placed confidently in to the net by Diego from 12 yards.

The goal sapped belief from the visitors and soon afterwards Forster had to make a great stretching save from Turan who had been set up by Antonio Lopez and tipped it onto the crossbar.

Ledley and Kayal both had efforts which missed the target as Celtic tried to fight back but it was way too little too late and once again the Glasgow-based side were left to ponder a night of failure on their European travels.

Atl├ętico de MadridTeam StatisticsCeltic
2Goals0
11st Half Goals0
7Shots on Target1
6Shots off Target4
8Blocked Shots2
7Corners2
13Fouls12
2Offsides4
2Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
89.2Passing Success83.1
29Tackles20
69Tackles Success75
60.3Possession39.7
54.7Territorial Advantage45.3

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1 Apollon Limassol 0 0
2 Borussia Monchengladbach 0 0
3 FC Zurich 0 0
4 Villarreal 0 0

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1 Club Brugge 0 0
2 FC Copenhagen 0 0
3 HJK Helsinki 0 0
4 Torino 0 0

Europa League Group C

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Asteras Tripoli 0 0
2 Besiktas 0 0
3 Partizan Belgrade 0 0
4 Tottenham Hotspur 0 0

Europa League Group D

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Celtic 0 0
2 Dinamo Zagreb 0 0
3 FC Astra Ploiesti 0 0
4 Red Bull Salzburg 0 0

Europa League Group E

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Dynamo Moscow 0 0
2 Estoril 0 0
3 PSV Eindhoven 0 0
4 Panathinaikos 0 0

Europa League Group F

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Dnipro 0 0
2 Karabakh-Azersun 0 0
3 Inter Milan 0 0
4 St Etienne 0 0

Europa League Group G

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Feyenoord 0 0
2 Rijeka 0 0
3 Sevilla 0 0
4 Standard Liege 0 0

Europa League Group H

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Everton 0 0
2 Krasnodar 0 0
3 Lille 0 0
4 Wolfsburg 0 0

Europa League Group I

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Napoli 0 0
2 SK Slovan Bratislava 0 0
3 Sparta Prague 0 0
4 BSC Young Boys Bern 0 0

Europa League Group J

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Aalborg BK 0 0
2 Dynamo Kiev 0 0
3 Rio Ave 0 0
4 FC Steaua Bucuresti 0 0

Europa League Group K

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Dinamo Minsk 0 0
2 Fiorentina 0 0
3 Guingamp 0 0
4 PAOK Salonika 0 0

Europa League Group L

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Metalist Kharkiv 0 0
2 Legia Warsaw 0 0
3 Lokeren SNW 0 0
4 Trabzonspor 0 0

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