Olympian hammer thrower Chris Bennett was one of the lucky Celtic fans to witness the team beating Lazio in stunning circumstances on Thursday night.
Neil Lennon’s Lions secured the club’s first ever victory on Italian soil courtesy of goals from James Forrest and Olivier Ntcham. Around 9000 Celtic fans (Daily Record) were in the famous Stadio Olimpico for the clash and it made for one heck of a spectacle.
Bennett, 29, who represented Great Britain at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio posted a stunning image of the Celtic support on his Twitter account with the caption: “We came, we saw, we conquered. #ThisIsTheDay”
— Chris Bennett (@ChrisBennett89) November 7, 2019
Bennett was one of the lucky Celtic fans
Bennett and the rest of the Celtic faithful would have left the Italian capital with a little bit more than a smile on their face. Most Bhoys supporters travelling out to the game would have hoped for the best but realised that it was perhaps a long shot.
We’re a support who have been starved of away wins in Europe after all. Brendan Rodgers bucked the trend with good group stage victories away to Anderlecht and Rosenborg – but neither were as impressive as Thursday’s success.
Lennon, himself, presided over a similarly dramatic 3-2 win away to Spartak Moscow in 2012. But again, that result doesn’t carry the same weight as the Stadio Olimpico triumph.
Celtic took a whopping support to Rome that not many others in Europe would be capable of. The fact those fans got to see the team clinch qualification in such a dramatic fashion is a just reward. That match will live with Bennett, and his fellow Rome travellers, for a long, long time to come.