Player ratings as Los Blancos outlast Hoops

Real Madrid’s defence of their Champions League title began with a hard-fought 3-0 win at Celtic.

Ange Postecoglou’s side proved worthy adversaries for the European champions but eventually ran out of steam and fell to defeat on their return to the competition.

Celtic nearly took the lead inside 30 seconds when Liel Abada’s close-range effort was deflected into the side-netting by David Alaba.

A sweeping move from the hosts nearly set Georgios Giakoumakis through on goal, but again Alaba came to Real Madrid’s rescue with a huge block.

Abada then had a clearer sight of goal at the end of a…


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