Copenhagen 1-1 Celtic - three stunning stats
Celtic are in the driving seat in their Europa League last 32 tie against Copenhagen after earning a 1-1 draw in Denmark last night.
Things threatened to be even better, though, when Odsonne Edouard put us ahead early on.
But a string of missed chances, and a disappointing second-half display saw the Danes level matters and set up an intriguing second leg in Glasgow next Thursday.
Amid all the obvious joy of Celtic playing on the continent, the Europa League is also great for stat lovers like me.
UEFA competition sees a greater array of statistics on offer – from individual players to overall teams.
And after trawling through the brilliant resources for the game on WhoScored.com – I’ve picked out three rather interesting findings.
Christopher Jullien was immense
The big Frenchman had a good game. Anyone who watched the match could have come to that conclusion.
But the stats point to an even more stunning display for the former Toulouse man than was first thought.
Jullien made 15 clearances throughout the 90 minutes. To put that in context, the next highest on the pitch was four.
So Jullien made almost four times as many clearances as any other player. What a stunning defensive display.
The touches chart
If you were going to hazard a guess at what Celtic player was most prominent last night (a.k.a. who had most touches) chances are that Jonny Hayes wouldn’t be your first guess.
Well, the Irishman had 81 of them throughout the match at the Parken Stadium.
That’s more than Christopher Jullien (74) and Olivier Ntcham (56). In fact only Zeca (94) and Guillermo Varela (91) from the hosts managed more.
Right, hands up. I won’t claim to know whether this is a startling fact or not. But the fact that Celtic didn’t have a single offside last night is surely kinda interesting, right?
It suggests that the Hoops attackers knew when to time their run, and the delivery was at the right time too.
It’s not as if we weren’t countering on occasion. In the first-half we had a number of close calls in terms of offsides but got things spot on every time.
And with VAR in place nowadays, you really have to.