The rain poured down as the young Celtic side welcomed Real Madrid to Airdrie. The thunder sounded, and the lightning struck, but the young side couldn’t magic up a performance. Despite some promising signs, the hoops were well and truly beaten.

The rain started about twenty minutes before kick-off, with the pitch pretty much unplayable with the sides extremely waterlogged. The ball struggled to move, with the water holding it up and was unable to bounce. It resulted in some poor passing from both sides, taking the fluidity out of the game.

Madrid had got themselves in front within the first five minutes, not that those on BT would’ve seen, with the weather disrupting the coverage. Fortuny was the first on the scoresheet, with his shot taking quite a deflection which took it up and over Celtic goalie Oluwayemi.

Celtic then had a few chances to get back level, catching Madrid on the counter a couple of times. By this point, the rain was really impacting the game, and was probably close to being called off by the referee.

Celtic nearly scored from a free-kick with the bounce on the flooded surface, leaving the keeper gambling.

Enriquez then double the away side’s advantage when his cross took a deflection from a Celtic defender and squeezed in at the near post.

Five minutes later, Celtic’s game got worse after McPherson was given his marching orders, hauling down the Los Blancos’ attacker. He was the last man and denied a goal-scoring opportunity; there can be no complaints.

The visitors then went three in front, Herrero finishing from a cross into the box.

Then, Celtic were 4-0 down after thirty-three minutes, with Martinez pouncing on Oluwayemi’s spilt ball.

It’s got to be said, Celtic never gave up and continued pushing for a goal, something the coaching staff will be impressed with. Celtic went in trailing 4-0 at the break.

It didn’t take long for Real to get their fifth goal in the second half, with a stunning strike hitting the top corner. Martinez the scorer.

Madrid was then six up with thirty minutes to go, Palacios pouncing on the loose ball.

Oluwayemi had a decent save that stopped the Spaniards from going seven in front.

Celtic went close to adding their name to the scoresheet in the closing stages of the game, but a good stop from the keeper kept the Hoops at bay.

The referee blew his white to end the game, with Real Madrid beating Celtic 6-0.

Regardless of the result, it was a great experience for the B side to play in such a high-profile game against some of the best players in the age group. A lot will be learned from the match as they prepare for Shakhtar Donetsk and RB Leipzig.


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