World media reacts as Celtic stun ‘moronic’ Feyenoord to end UCL curse but Brendan Rodgers ‘got away with it’ jab lands

Celtic finally brought their wait for a Champions League victory to an end as Brendan Rodgers brought an end to their winless Euro run to an end.

It was a dramatic night under the Parkhead lights as a stoppage time goal from forgotten man Gustaf Lagerbielke saw off Feyenoord 2-1 and gave the Hoops a first home win in Europe’s elite competition in a decade. Yankuba Minteh looked to have extended the luckless streak for Rodgers and his side when he levelled after 82 minutes to cancel out Luis Palma’s first half penalty, but substitute Lagerbielke nodded home to shake the hoodoo on matchday six of the competition.

The late winner send the Celtic Park cauldron into meltdown as the Dutch champions were seen off during a battling performance despite the win bringing the Hoops run in Europe to an end. And while the fans will now be watching the tops clubs in Europe fight it out for the remainder of the competition breaking the Champions League curse will give Celtic a major lift as they return to domestic duties.

Record Sport pores over how the world reacted to the trials and tribulations in Glasgow’s east end of the Scottish Premiership champions as they finally brought their nightmare European record to and end.

AD (Netherlands)

After the match against Celtic, Feyenoord also had the feeling that it had ruled the roost in an away match. The Rotterdam team indeed had the ball and by far the most chances. But when the dust clouds at Celtic Park cleared, Arne Slot’s team was once again empty-handed after an away match. Palma’s goal, together with striker Kyogo Furuhashi’s chance, was the only achievement for coach Brendan Rodgers’ Scots. Feyenoord had great chances through Quinten Timber, Santiago Giménez and Lutsharel Geertruida, but Joe Hart, the post and Scottish defenders prevented Feyenoord from scoring.

After the break Celtic barely managed to get away with it. And Yankuba Minteh gave the Rotterdam team the deserved equalizer. But the Gambian did not give Feyenoord a point. Lagerbielke was able to help the Scots win out of nowhere, thus treating Feyenoord to their third loss on foreign soil in the Champions League.

L’Equipe (France)

Already eliminated, the Bhoys won their first victory this season in the Champions League, a first since 2017 for the Scottish club, at the end of a competitive match despite the lack of stakes. Feyenoord, more enterprising after the break, is now looking towards the Europa League.

Sport (Spain)

Celtic, with goals from Honduran Luis Palma and Gustaf Lagerbielke, won 2-1 against Feyenoord and added their first and only victory in an erratic Champions League group stage for the Scottish team.


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