📽🍀 360 Celts | Celtic produce six of the best to demolish Dons at Paradise
Celtic maintained their eight-point lead at the top of the table with a dominant 6-0 victory over Aberdeen at Paradise this afternoon (Sunday).
Brendan Rodgers’ side produced a superb display, with Luis Palma and Hyunjun Yang impressive on either flank, and both players were among the goalscorers, while Hyeongyu Oh hit a double.
Celtic started the game on the front foot, with the visitors immediately putting everyone behind the ball about 30 yards from their goal, and that set the pattern of play for almost the entirety of the match.
And as early as the third minute, the Hoops had a chance to score. Odin Holm slipped the ball in for Kyogo, whose shot was save by Kelle Roos, and Matt O’Riley couldn’t steer the rebound on target.
But it wouldn’t be long before Brendan Rodgers’ side did get their opener, and it was a first Celtic goal for Hyunjun Yang.
Luis Palma delivered a pinpoint cross from the left-hand side of the box which Yang directed into the bet with a cross.
Both Celtic wingers were causing Aberdeen problems down either flank and Yang was involved in Celtic’s second goal on 16 minutes.
He threaded a superb ball through the inside-right channel for O’Riley in the box and his low ball into the six-yard box was coolly knocked home by Kyogo at the near post.
It was more or less one-way traffic for the Hoops, although Aberdeen did carve out an opening on 22 minutes with a ball over the top but Jonny Hayes hit his shot wide of the target.
Celtic were encamped on the edge of the Aberdeen area for much of the half, with Palma on the left and Yang on the right both looking lively.
And the visitors had their keeper to thank for not conceding any further goals in the half, producing great saves to deny Odin Holm after the Norwegian fired in a first-time volley from a Palma cross.
Then the Honduran produced a superb shot which Roos was forced to tip over the bar in what was Celtic’s last chance of the half.
Aberdeen were obviously instructed to be more competitive in the second-half, but the visitors should have been down to 10 men just four minutes after the restart.
Slobodan Rubezic put in a shocking challenge on Kyogo, which saw the Celtic forward require treatment for several minutes for a head injury before he had to be replaced by Hyeongyu Oh.
Inexplicably, referee Willie Collum only deemed Rubezic’s challenge worthy of a yellow card, a decision that presumably was confirmed by VAR.
Celtic continued to dominate in terms of possession without creating as many clear-cut chances but they did eventually get the opportunity to extend their lead when they were awarded a penalty following a VAR review, which showed that Oh had been fouled as he connected with an O’Riley ball into the box.
The Aberdeen keeper was also yellow-carded for trying to dig up the penalty spot with his studs, but it did not put Luis Palma off, with the Honduran steering the ball into the back of the net.
Alistair Johnston had a left-foot shot from the edge of the area which went over as the Hoops continued to dominate the game.
As a result of the lengthy treatment for Kyogo, 10 minutes were added on at the end of the second-half, and in those added minutes David Turnbull produced another trademark goal to make it 4-0.
Luis Palma was again the provider, sliding the ball inside to Turnbull on the edge of the area, and the Hoops midfielder fired in a low shot for his sixth goal of the season.
Palma, who was outstanding throughout the game, then produced the pass of the game, directing a cross into the box with the outside of his right foot for Oh to head home inside the six-yard box to give Celtic a 5-0 lead.
And the scoring was still not finished as Oh was on target again, latching on to a Matt O’Riley through ball and racing in on goal before coolly slotting the ball beyond the Aberdeen keeper.
The 6-0 win was no more than Celtic deserved after producing a dominant performance throughout the match and serving up some top-class goals.
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