CELTIC’S stunning 2-1 Champions League win over Barcelona came with equally extraoridinary match statistics.
Celtic lagged behind their illustrious rivals in almost every department, except the one and only stat the truly matters - the final score.
Opta’s statistics showed that Celtic had a meagre 16.4 of possession, the lowest ever recorded percentage in the Champions League by a victorious team.
Celtic had only three efforts on target, and four over the two Group G games with Barcelona, and scored with three of them.
On Wednesday night, Barcelona had eight shots on target and ten off target, together with seven blocked shots.
In typical Barcelona style, their pass completion was a dazzling 90.9 per cent (to Celtic’s 62), and they made a staggering 955 passes on the night – while Celtic mustered only 166. Those pasing stats were remarkably similar to the match in the Nou Camp last month when Barca had 954 passes, while Celtic had 198 passes in the away match.
On Wednesday, Barca fired in 32 crosses to Celtic’s 12 and seven corners to Celtic’s.
But for all Barcelona’s whopping 83.6 share of possession and neat passing, the stats show only a bare analysis of the match and don’t reflect the heroic efforts by the home defence on the night, particularly goalkeeper Fraser Forster. They also don’t do credit to Neil Lennon, who showed that with the right gameplan anything is possible in football.