The Hoops had their chances against the prolific Germans, but once again they found that you wouldn’t do much against such a high level of opposition.
David Turnbull’s costly slip saw Bayer take the advantage in the first half and they took the game from there.
The returns of Callum McGregor and Kyogo Furuhashi inspired some confidence but the latter missed a golden opportunity 2-0 to get his team back in the game.
And it was all downhill from there as Lucas Alario and Amine Adli added some shine to the score.
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It was second baseman wunderkid Florian Wirtz who once again made headlines as German media focused on a sparkling performance by Bayer’s latest prodigy.
The kid dubbed “the new Kai Havertz” was in great shape as he soaked up the menacing atmosphere of Parkhead and “silenced” him, according to a major newspaper.
Here is what the German press had to say.
“Florian Wirtz helped in the second goal and left the fanatic and incredibly loud 55,000 fans at the ‘Paradise’ stadium to shut up.
“More recently against Mainz, he set a Bundesliga record as the youngest player with 10 goals (at 18 years old and 145 days old).
“The goal against Celtic was his sixth goal in the sixth consecutive competitive game after a dream combination against Kerem Demirbay and Paulinho.
“Previously, newcomer Piero Hincapie scored his first goal for Bayer in the first team: Mitchel Bakker took advantage of a defensive error and the Ecuadorian national defender made it 1-0.
“The game was completely open and wild until Bayer took the lead. The Scots had three huge chances, one that Jonathan Tah was able to thwart with a mega tackle against Kyogo Furuashi and goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky with two reflex saves. “
“Bayer implemented Rolfes’ request in front of nearly 60,000 spectators in the famous Celtic Park. But Lucas Alario’s alleged quick-opening goal didn’t count due to an offside position.
“Both teams looked for the way forward and quickly filled the midfield. But Celtic created the best chances. Tom Rogic shot from the turn just over the bar, then Hradecky saved twice against Kyogo Furuhashi and Carl Starfelt.
“Then came revenge from the Scottish point of view, because Bayer became more aggressive and dangerous.
“Joe Hart was defeated when Hincapie took advantage of a big blunder from David Turnbull and a cross pass from Mitchel Bakker at close range. Before the break, Wirtz, who scored in the sixth consecutive competitive game, increased the lead.
“After the break the Leverkusen team were able to thank Hradecky, who saved the Werkself from unnecessary tension with other saves well worth seeing against the Glasgowians.
“Bayer was safe when Italian referee Marco Di Bello gave a penalty after Cameron Carter-Vickers blocked a Paulinho shot with his hands. “
“Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane had announced a ‘jungle rumble’ for the first ten minutes at Celtic Park – and in fact, things went well from the start.
“Werkself put Celtic under pressure from the start and applauded for the first time from the first minute. Alario’s shot, rightly so, didn’t count due to an offside.
“A real ‘rumble’ always involves two games, so Celtic were also involved in the quick exchange of blows. Furuhashi took advantage of Aranguiz’s sloppy back pass, but Tah came back just in time.
“At 3-0, Celtic’s offensive efforts disconnected. Even though the Scots continued to run, it wasn’t really dangerous for Hradecky anymore. Bayer didn’t take a lot of risks in the dying minutes either, except for Alario’s good shot.
“With the last action of the match, substitute Adli ensured a massive arrival. This means that Werkself have won their second Europa League game and are top of the Group G standings. ”