– Vini Jr. opens the scoring in 56th minute, Modric doubles the advantage and Hazard makes it three
– Benzema limps off in the first half
– First meeting in Glasgow since 1980 when the Hoops ran ot 2-0 winners
– Madrid did win the quarter-final tie though with a 3-0 victory in the Spanish capital
– Both teams hold a 100% league start in their respective leagues
– Both sides are European Champions, Celtic (1967) and Madrid on a record 14 occasions
Celtic 0-3 Real Madrid: Los Blancos plant the flag in Glasgow
In his daily opinion piece, AS honorary president Alfredo Relaño offers his thoughts on Real Madrid's win at Celtic Park.
The whistle sounds in Glasgow and in the end ot was comfortable for Real Madrid.
Vini Jr, Modric and Hazard with the goals as the reigning champions showed their quality.
Celtic can point to a dominant first half and now need to dust themselves down for the next test.
The Benzema injury the only cloud for the Spanish side.
Rodrygo goes close to making it 0-4. We'll have just 2 minutes of time added on.
Celtic playing with more heart than head at the moment and how much the fans would love a consolitionm goal to send them hole with a spring in their step.
Final five minutes and Madrid have looked different class with the second goal killing off Celtic's dreams and taking the air out of the lungs of the bulk of the crowd.
Decent effort from Jota as the Lisbon player fires over the bar. That's his last action as he is replaced by Haksabanovic.
Asensio and Rodrygo on for Real Madrid
Vini Jr and Modric make way
Gooooool. Hazard finishes off a fantastic move with the Belgian popping up to slot home from a Carvajal assist.
A surprise in Germany as Shakhtar lead RB Leipzig 1-3. Celtic face the Ukraine side next week with Madrid at home to RB Leipzig.
Madrid showing their experience now as their use of game management is excellent. Not a bit phased by the loss of Benzema it would appear.
Off: O'Reilly, Giakoumakis, Hatate
On: Mooy, Turnbull, Furuhashi
Real Madrid sub:
Tchouaméni off- Camavinga on
Camavinga gets ready to make an entrance. Madrid are cruising now with the second goal really knocking the home side for six.
Juranovic needs attention after a clash of knees with a Madrid defender…
Time for Ange to make changes in the Celtic personell as Madrid are very much playong with added swagger.
Card for Maeda as he leaves an elbow in a challenge with Modric.
A fine out of the boot flick from the Croatian player.
Modric makes it 2 for Madrid
How can Celtic respond? Can the Scottish champions dig deep and respond? The goal may boost Real Madrid's confidence levels.
The fans are doing their bit too.
Madrid take the lead in Glasgow
Goooooool. Vini Jr latches onto a Valverde assist and slots into the corner. Fine finish from the Brazilian.
It's been widely claimed that Real Madrid lack depth when it comes to striking options. We'll have to wait and see the exact nature of the Benzema injury but Madrid really lack players of same calibre to step in.
Still a very open contest with both sides enjoying spells of possession. Celtic still the side enjoying the better chances but the visitors dominating in terms of retaining the ball.
The ball falls to Maeda and the Japanese international just fails to get any contact with the ball. Decent move from the home side once again.
Celtic get the second half underway
Change for Real Madrid too as Rudiger replaces Militao
Labada seems to have been replaced with Maeda his replacement
In the other Group F game tonight, Shakhtar lead RB Leipzig 0-1 in Germany… that game also at the half time break
Celtic 0-0 Real Madrid
It's been a pulsating half in Glasgow with the best chance of the evening falling to McGregor after he rocketed the ball off the Real Madrid woodwork.
The evening from a Madrid perspective will be tainted by the Benzema injury with the striker heading straight to the dressing room.
The whistle sounds and it's 0-0 at the break.
Last minute of the half… Both sides will be reasonably happy with how the game has gone. One minute of time to be added.
Great chance for Vini Jr as he latches on to a fine assist from Hazard. Decent stop from Hart as he smothered the ball well. Best chance of the night for the visitors.
Jota breaks down the Celtic left but the delivery is poor and easy for Courtois to gather.
Into the final five minutes of the game and it's been highly entertaining with Madrid dominating possession and Celtic carving out the better chances.
Fede Valverde is the main danger man for Real Madrid on the right flank. It's been a discrete performance so far from Vini Jr. on the other wing.
Nice patient build up from Real Madrid now but ultimately no end product with 'Los Blancos' set to miss the target provided by Benzema.
Madrid dominating the game in terms of possession
A sad sight as Benzema limps from the pitch… Hazard will take his place
Looks like the French forward will indeed be subbed as Rodrygo appears to be warming up.
The French striker is now stretching alone and may go to ground to seek medical attention.
Worrying for Madrid as Benzema has just pulled up and seems to have tweaked a hamstring….
Can Celtic maintain this high tempo for 90 minutes? That is the big question as the home side have enjoyed the better chances in the opening 26 minutes.
Shots on target: Celtic 2-0 Real Madrid….
Celtic hit the post…McGregor with a fine effort as Courtois was totally beaten.
The tempo of the game drops a notch and it's been pretty even-steven after approximately 20 minutes.
Nothing really for either keeper to do having said that with a couple of half chances.
Hatate strikes and forces a fine save from Courtois. Great strike from the Japan international
Hatate is looking sharp tonight as the ball goes through to Giakoumakis, the Greek offers a meek appeal for a spot kick but the referee waves the play on.
Abada with the best chance of the night as the striker is one on one with Courtois…poor from the Israeli as he fires straight at the Belgian.
Benzema and Modric both shoot and just for a moment, Celtic are on the ropes as the visitors dominate.
Celtic's passing has gotten sloppy now with the Glasgow side struggling to retain possession.
Mendy carded for leading with an elbow
Real Madrid seem to have ridden that early wave of intense pressure as the side in black now dominate the ball with Celtic now pressed deep.
Madrid with a dangerous free ..Kroos to take from an acute angle….The German finds Valverde but the move breaks down and the ball is back all the way to Courtois.
All the early pressure coming from the side in green and white with the crowd playing their role in spurring the side on.
Off we go in Glasgow… an electric atmosphere in Celtic Park… Madrid with the kick-off
Sandro Schärer has been selected to officiate the Thursday night clash at Parkhead. The Swiss official will be assisted by compatriots: Bekim Zogaj and Jonas Erni with Fedayi San the VAR official for the game.
Celtic's goals scored this season is indeed impressive !
It's a string of Celtic greatest hits here with Depeche Mode's 'Just Can't Get Enough' belting out now from the stadium PA.
You'll Never Walk Alone belts out in Glasgow…. Wonderful scenes with 60,000 fans scarves aloft….
Ancelotti has never won here as a coach (with AC Milan)
The return game between Real Madrid and Celtic at the Santiago Bernabeu takes place on 2 November with demand for tickets at the classic stadium already going through the roof.
Madrid cited as 5th favourites for the 22-23 UCL
This season, Real Madrid embark on a journey to win their 15th European crown. An incredible feat from the undisputed ‘Kings of Europe’ who grabbed victory from the jaws of defeat countless times last season treating fans to roller coaster rides of emotion in knock-out games against PSG, Chelsea and Man City on their way to the final.
A solid start on their domestic campaign where Ancelotti’s men have won 4/4 in LaLiga coupled with a favourable group where Madrid are expected to progress alongside Celtic, RB Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk should see ‘Los Blancos’ comfortable in the Round of 16.
Just 15 minutes ahead of kick-off and the atmosphere is already building at Celtic Park. Celtic's first involvement in the Champions League group stage for the first time in four years.
The Postecoglou effect
What an impact the Australian coach has made at the Glasgow club …. despite early hesitation about his signing, the 57-year-old has won over the hearts of the Celtic fans with his astute player acquisition and down to earth manner of speaking.
Green and white
There won't be an empty seat in the house tonight with 60,000 fans expected to cram into Celtic Park. The local rendition of the iconic: "You'll Never Walk Alone" is very special too.
Glasgow, setting for Madrid's 9th European Cup
Real Madrid won their ninth European Cup in neighbouring Hampden Park back in 2002 with this iconic strike from Zidane good enough to beat Bayer Leverkusen.
The other teams in Group F are also in action tonight with RB Leipzig hosting Shakhtar Donetsk.
Madrid not alone in Glasgow tonight
There will be a healthy showing of Real Madrid fans at Parkhead tonight with many local based fans being joined from the couple of hundred who have made the trip over from the Spanish capital.
A reminder of the starting XI's should you just be joining us….
Glasgow Celtic, a club forged on past glory
Alfredo Relaño looked back at Celtic's illustrious history today as part of his daily editorial column for Diario AS.
UEFA recalling 1967
This is the path the Lisbon Lions under Jock Stein on their journey to become the first team from the British Isles to lift the European Cup with a famous 2-1 win over Inter Milan at the Estadio Nacional in Jamor (Lisbon)
Celtic were Real Madrid’s opponents at the quarter-final stage of the European Cup in 1980 and despite a 2-0 win for the ‘Hoops’ in Glasgow, Madrid (de los García) dug deep in the second leg to advance 3-2 on aggregate with the goals for ‘Los Blancos’ coming from Santillana, Juanito and Stielike.
Celtic FC XI
Ange Postecoglou names his first Celtic Champions League XI with a pair of changes from Saturday's emphatic 'Old Firm' derby win over Rangers as Greek striker Giakoumakis starts up front and Jenz replaces Starfelt in the Celts' defence.
Ange Postecoglou names his first Celtic Champions League XI with a pair of changes from Saturday's emphatic 'Old Firm' derby win over Rangers as Greek striker Giakoumakis starts up front and Jenz replaces Starfelt in the Celts' defence
Real Madrid XI
Most observers felt Luka Modric would be given a breather tonight with games coming thick and fast but the Croatian starts in the centre of the park alongside Tchouaméni and Fede Valverde.
Benzema and Vini Jr lead the line for a Real Madrid side who will wear their third kit (all black) tonight.
Real Madrid too have flown out of the blocks and following their UEFA Super Cup win over Eintracht Frankfurt in Helsinki in mid August. The current LaLiga holders have won 4/4 in the league with the trickiest test coming last Saturday at the Santiago Bernabeu where they were too strong for early pace setters Real Betis with Vini Jr. and Rodrygo getting the goals as part of a 2-1 win.
Both Celtic and Real Madrid have enjoyed excellent starts to their respective seasons and both clubs are some of few sides across the continent to boast a 100% opening to the 22-23 campaign. Celtic have recorded six wins from six with the last victory coming on Saturday as they put four past city rivals Rangers in the ‘Old Firm’ derby. Ange Postecoglou’s side have only shipped one goal in the league all season currently boasting a goal difference of +24.
Celtic Park awaits
The famous statue of Billy McNeill stands outside Celtic's Parkhead stadium with the captain in Lisbon one of a squad who lived in or around the Glasgow area
Real Madrid are 14 time winners of the European Cup/Champions League with Glasgow Celtic becoming the first side from the British Isles to lift the trophy with a 1967 Lisbon win over Inter Milan…. the final giving birth to the iconic 'Lisbon Lions' team!
The action at Parkhead gets underway at 8pm (local time) or 3pm (ET) / 1200 pm (PT)
Hello and a warm welcome to our live coverage from Glasgow as Celtic welcome Real Madrid in the opening group stage game of the 2022-23 UEFA Champions League.
– Vini Jr. opens the scoring in 56th minute, Modric doubles the advantage and Hazard makes it three