Ange Postecoglou praised after historic Champions League night

·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Ange Postecolgou (pictured right) became the first Australian to coach a team in the Champions League group stages. (Getty Images)
Ange Postecolgou (pictured right) became the first Australian to coach a team in the Champions League group stages. (Getty Images)

Ange Postecoglou has become the first Australian coach to manage a team in the Champions League group stage after a historic match at Celtic Park against Real Madrid.

The Aussie has been receiving plaudits from all over the football world after leading Celtic to six wins from six games in the domestic league.

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Postecoglou helped Celtic earn Champions League qualification for the first time in five years and they opened the group stage account against title holders Real Madrid.

Despite Postecoglou making history for Australian football, Celtic were unable to hold off the 14-time CL winners after falling 3-0 at home.

The Scottish giants' fan base created an electric atmosphere as they watched on as Celtic squandered a number of first half chances.

Madrid came out in the second half a different team and were clinical with Vinicius Jnr, Luka Modric and Eden Hazard cementing the Spanish outfit's spot as the groups favourites.

Postecoglou said his team will learn from the defeat after their first major European night in years.

"You know at this level you're not going to dominate the whole game, you get a certain amount of opportunities to punish the opposition," Postecolgou said after the game.

"Unless you experience it, it's probably the hardest way to learn but the best way to learn."

Celtic fans praise Ange Postecoglou after amazing night

Despite a tough loss, Celtic fans were full of praise for Postecolgou.

The Australian has implemented a fast-paced possession game plan for the Scottish Giants, which will bode well for Champions League group stage progression.

Ancelotti was also full of praise for Celtic and their style after the match.

"We suffered like I expected to suffer. Because here, at Celtic Park, you suffer," the Real Madrid coach said.

"Against this team, you suffer."

In other games, Dinamo Zagreb claimed a shock victory over Chelsea as they beat the 2021 European champions 1-0 at home thanks to a blistering solo run from Croatian forward Mislav Orsic.

In the other early game in this season's opening round Australia's Maty Ryan was beaten three times as Borussia Dortmund eased to a comfortable home victory over his Copenhagen side.

In Germany Marco Reus put Dortmund ahead in front of 81,000 in the 35th minute (UEFA having allowed 25,000 standing spectators as a trial). Ryan got a hand to the shot but he was well beaten by the other two goals, scored by Raphael Guerreiro just before the break and Jude Bellingham seven minutes from time.

Copenhagen captain Zeca hit the post after 20 seconds and the visitors had a consolation narrowly chalked off for offside late on, but after the early scare Dortmund were always in control.

However, for all their approach work their finishing was poor and Ryan only made one save.

with AAP

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