Atlético secured their qualification to the knockout stages of the Europa League this evening, winning 1-0 in Glasgow against a tough Celtic side. Arda Turan’s spectacular first goal in red and white was enough to ensure victory for Gregorio Manzano’s team, for whom the win was their first away from home in over three months.
Atletico head out to Scotland where hosts Celtic await them in mid-week Europa League action. For Atleti, Wednesday’s group stage matchday five clash (19:00 CET) comes just days after they suffered their seventh consecutive derby defeat. “A loss is always a loss and dropping three points always leaves a bad taste in your mouth,” coach
Atlético Madrid are off to a great start in the Europa League. The 2009/10 winners beat Scottish giants Celtic2-0 at the Vicente Calderón. Gregorio Manzano rested several first team players, but did have a place in his line-up for six of Atlético’s new signings. Diego and Falcao made their debut in the Vicente Calderón and showed glimpses of what’s to come.
On Thursday night the Europa League really begins when Atlético welcome Celtic to Madrid. The match at the Vicente Calderón will kick off at 21:05 CET. This will be the third time Atleti face the Bhoys. We were victorious both in the semi finals of the Europa Cup in 1973/74 and the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1985/86.
Atlético Madrid were scheduled to face off against FC Sion to open their Europa League group play, but the Swiss club have been replaced. Celtic FC will now be our first opponent on the 15th of September.