September 27, 2017 / 9:11 PM / 9 months ago

Celtic overcome away anxiety to beat Anderlecht 3-0

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Scottish Champions Celtic enjoyed a rare away victory in their 3-0 win over an uninspiring Anderlecht in their Champions League clash in Brussels on Wednesday, staking their claim on the third spot in Group B.

Soccer Football - Champions League - R.S.C. Anderlecht vs Celtic - Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Brussels, Belgium - September 27, 2017 Celtic players celebrate after the match REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

Ahead of the match, Celtic, Scottish champions for the past six seasons, had only won once in 30 away matches in the Champions League.

Having been thumped 5-0 at home by Paris Saint Germain in their opening match, Celtic are third behind Bayern Munich on goal difference after the German side’s 3-0 loss to Paris St Germain.

After 37 minutes in which neither team managed a single shot on goal, Celtic flawlessly executed a counter from their own half to gain the lead, with Leigh Griffiths converting calmly.

Five minutes into the second half, Celtic scored again when a cross by Patrick Roberts came off Anderlecht defender Kara Mbodji into the net, before Scott Sinclair made it 3-0 with a thumping shot in the final seconds.

Anderlecht, who sacked manager Rene Weiler this month after a disappointing run in the Belgian league, are last in the group, having also lost their opening match against Bayern.

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Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Rex Gowar

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