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Eden Hazard’s skill opens Celtic as Luka Modric scores another goal with the outside of his boot in Scotland and receives a standing ovation in the Champions League clash


Luka Modric’s goal against Celtic looked familiar as he led Real Madrid 2-0 in their Champions League clash.

Eden Hazard sliced ​​through the heart of the Hoops midfielder with fine skill before handing the ball over to Modric, who then fired past Joe Hart with the outside of his boot.

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Modric has already scored a goal like this in Scotland

Eden Hazard’s skill opens Celtic as Luka Modric scores another goal with the outside of his boot in Scotland and receives a standing ovation in the Champions League clash

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But this one in June 2021 was probably a bit better

Modric used the same technique in the summer of 2021 as he broke Scotland’s heart with a sublime effort outside the boot on the edge of the box in Croatia’s Euro win 2020 at Hampden Park.

At 36, Modric has become Real Madrid’s third-oldest goalscorer in the Champions League.

He was substituted late in the game and received a standing ovation from all the fans present.

Moments before Modric’s goal, Vinicius Jr put the European champions in front to silence rowdy Celtic Park.

Hazard, who came on in the first half in place of the injured Karim Benzema, added one late to seal a 3-0 victory for Real Madrid.

A banner in Celtic’s standing area said they were ‘back strong’ and the hosts had a great chance to take the lead within 30 seconds of their first Champions League group game in five years . The ball fell on Abada in the box but Thibaut Courtois pushed the Israeli international’s shot wide.

Eden Hazard’s skill opens Celtic as Luka Modric scores another goal with the outside of his boot in Scotland and receives a standing ovation in the Champions League clash

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It was also a good night in Glasgow for Hazard


Vinicius beat well down the left for Real and Cameron Carter-Vickers blocked Modric’s shot, but Celtic continued to press and Abada soon fended off an even better opportunity.

Jota’s first pass sent his team-mate clear after Celtic fired a quick free-kick from the edge of their box, but Abada fired straight at the goalkeeper.

The Scottish champions kept up the pressure. Courtois parried Reo Hatate’s powerful volley before McGregor’s first shot rattled the frame of the goal but bounced safely inside the post.

Federico Valverde fired a close from 20 yards at the other end just before injury forced Karim Benzema, who received a hearty ovation from the home fans. Hazard has arrived.

Eden Hazard’s skill opens Celtic as Luka Modric scores another goal with the outside of his boot in Scotland and receives a standing ovation in the Champions League clash

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Real Madrid will sweat over their star man’s fitness

Real dominated possession in the closing stages of half-time and Hazard stabbed from six yards after finishing off a cross from Modric.

The Belgian quickly sent Vinicius away despite big offside suspicions but Joe Hart did well to block.

Maeda came on for Abada at the break but missed the best chance yet in two minutes when he missed a straight effort over Courtois from six yards past Josip Juranovic’s cross.

Celtic paid the price for misfires in the 56th minute. Valverde made room on the right wing and spotted Vinicius cutting in from the left. Juranovic couldn’t catch up the pitch to cut the low cross and the 22-year-old ducked into the corner.

Eden Hazard’s skill opens Celtic as Luka Modric scores another goal with the outside of his boot in Scotland and receives a standing ovation in the Champions League clash

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Vinicius, who scored the winner in last season’s final, broke the deadlock

The double whammy was complete after Hazard cleared after Carter-Vickers’ challenge to leave Celtic shorthanded. He fed Modric, who cut inside and kicked the ball into the corner of the net with the outside of his boot.

The visitors had gotten the better of the game and Kyogo Furuhashi’s 72nd-minute introduction stirred up the home crowd.

Hazard quickly silenced them, briefly anyway, when he scored from six yards out after Dani Carvajal clipped the ball after a deep cross.

Furuhashi, Jota and substitute Sead Haksabanovic nearly rewarded the Celtic backing’s relentless backing with a goal, but their appreciation of their full-time squad was further proof that they still believe they can leave their mark on the tournament.

Eden Hazard’s skill opens Celtic as Luka Modric scores another goal with the outside of his boot in Scotland and receives a standing ovation in the Champions League clash

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Celtic may have lost but they can be happy with the performance

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