Celtic felt the full force of Paris Saint-Germain's attacking firepower as the Ligue 1 giants recovered from the concession of a surprise early opener to win 7-1 in Champions League Group B on Wednesday.
Dembélé silences PSG home fans in opening moments
Celtic striker Moussa Dembélé - a former PSG youth-teamer - stunned the Parc des Princes with a minute on the clock when he fired past keeper Alphonse Areola from a neatly worked corner.
That goal was the first that PSG had let in during the 2017/18 group stage.
Neymar double a prelude to PSG goal glut
However, Neymar equalised with an angled shot with 10 minutes not yet played and, from the moment the Brazilian fired the hosts into the lead with a similar finish midway through the first half, it was one-way traffic.
Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappé added two more for PSG ahead of half time, before strikes by Marco Verratti and Cavani, and a fine long-range effort by Dani Alves, completed the rout.
PSG not yet confirmed as Group B winners
Bayern Munich's win over Anderlecht in Group B's other clash means that PSG must wait until the final round of fixtures in two weeks' time - when Unai Emery's men travel to Bavaria - to seal top spot.
But with Bayern three points behind and needing to overturn a three-goal head-to-head deficit, only a heavy defeat at the Allianz Arena will deny PSG first place.
Celtic still well placed to clinch Europa League berth
Despite being thrashed, meanwhile, Celtic remain in pole position to take third spot and qualify for the Europa League ahead of bottom-side Anderlecht.
Like Bayern against PSG, the Belgians will have a three-point, three-goal gap to make up on their opponents when they visit Celtic on matchday six.
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Paris Saint-Germain 7-1 Celtic: as it happened
And that's that! Paris Saint-Germain utterly wallop Celtic with a show of supreme attacking firepower. With Bayern Munich beating Anderlecht to remain three points behind the Frenchmen, Unai Emery's men will have to wait until the final round of fixtures to make sure of top spot - although PSG's 3-0 win over Bayern in September means the Germans will have to go some to turn that head-to-head around. Despite tonight's stuffing in Paris, Celtic can find consolation in the result in Brussels, which leaves Anderlecht likewise needing to win at Parkhead next time out and, like Bayern, overturn a three-goal first-meeting deficit, if they're to qualify for the Europa League at the Bhoys' expense.
92' Lo Celso attempts to curl an eighth into the top corner, but his shot is always travelling high and wide.
90' Two minutes of time added on in the French capital.
86' Forrest has half a sight of goal but sees his effort blocked. Watching that Alves goal again, it has to be said: what a beautfiful strike of the ball.
85' By the way, Bayern are back in front at Anderlecht, courtesy of Corentin Tolisso.
83' Now Di María is close to bringing up PSG's eighth with a dipping effort from miles out! This cannot end soon enough for Celtic.
81' And it's almost eight! Lo Celso shoots low, and Gordon has to save excellently.
80' Neymar scuttles to the byline, dinks it over his marker and prods it back to the penalty spot, where they're queuing up - but Cavani misses his kick! No matter, though: Di María recycles it back to Alves, who's waiting just outside the box. The right-back takes a touch and, with minimal backlift, fires an impudent effort inside Gordon's far post! Lovely strike!
79' Neymar slips in Kurzawa, who crosses deep from the left for Cavani to volley in off the upright at the back post. Lovely goal.
79' Cavani! Six!
75' PSG make two subs, bringing Ángel di María and Giovani lo Celso for Mbappé and Verratti, while Celtic throw on Leigh Griffiths for Dembélé, who gets a warm ovation as he departs.
74' Mbappé shows Tierney a clean pair of heels down the right, gets to the byline and pìngs the ball into the danger area, where Eboué cuts it out - only as far as Verratti, who angles a low drive into Gordon's far corner. That turn of pace from Mbappé...
74' Verratti! 5-1!
72' Neymar advances into the box again and, though he's dispossessed, the loose ball falls to Mbappé, who takes a while to get the ball out of his feet and strike on goal, and scuffs his effort straight at Gordon.
71' Celtic are backpedalling again as Mbappé feeds Neymar's run into the box, but the Brazilian is crowded out by the Bhoys defence - and, with Alves to his left and Cavani to his right, his own team-mates too.
70' Incidentally, Anderlecht equalised in Brussels a few minutes ago. That restores PSG's as-it-stands position as group winners tonight, and is the Belgians' first goal in Group B.
68' Celtic also make a change, Ntcham coming off for Kouassi Eboué.
66' PSG make their first substitution, Draxler making way for Javier Pastore.
64' Rabiot strides forward and slips a pass to Mbappé that has the former Monaco star sprinting into space down the right. He looks up and shifts it quickly across goal for Neymar, who can't quite reach the ball. If he had, it would have been five. The speed with with PSG turn defence into frightening attack is breathtaking. Celtic can't live with it.
60' Oh, that's a let-off for Celtic. Gordon's pass out from the back is cut out by Verratti and falls to Cavani, who has the goal gaping but is at an acute angle. The confidence is clearly flowing in the Uruguayan, because he needs no second invitation to volley it first time - inaccurately so, though. Mbappé had a tap-in in the middle, and ain't too happy.
56' Cavani controls just outside of the area, turns and volleys towards Gordon's goal - but it's over. "That would have been some goal," gushes the commentator on Spain's TV coverage. He's not wrong.
55' Neymar isn't happy with Mbappé. The ball is played low across the edge of the Celtic area, where the pair are both queuing up to strike. Mbappé ends up snatching at his effort and sending it harmlessly wide, and his Brazilian colleague clearly feels he was better placed.
54' There's a decent opening for Dembélé, Forrest finding the Celtic striker with a low ball across the edge of the box and giving him the chance to look for a shot towards Areola's far post - from a similar position to Neymar's two goals - but he drags it wide.
50' Robert Lewandowski has scored for Bayern in Brussels, which does Celtic a favour in that it preserves their three-point lead over Anderlecht ahead of the sides' meeting in Glasgow in the group's final round of matches. Given that the Scots won 3-0 in Belgium, it would require quite some display by Anderlecht to turn around the teams' head-to-head record at Celtic Park.
49' Celtic enjoy a couple of minutes of prolonged possession in the PSG half, before the attack fizzles out with a weak McGregor daisycutter that Areola watches trundle across his goal and go well wide.
48' Kurzawa almost has a shooting opportunity in the box, but is finally muscled out of it by Boyata. Celtic then mount their first attack of the half, but Tierney's cross towards Dembélé is cut out.
47' Over in Brussels, by the way, it remains Anderlecht 0-0 Bayern Munich, which means that - as it stands - PSG will win the group with a game to spare, while Celtic will need to avoid defeat against the Belgians on matchday six to take the Europa League spot.
46' No changes at half time for either side.
Peeep! Back up and running in Paris.
Peeep! Half time. Having had the temerity to take an early lead - and, it must be said, play very well in the opening 20 or so - Celtic have felt the full force of PSG's attack, with all three of the big-name trio of Neymar, Cavani and Mbappé on the scoresheet to not only turn the match on its head, but also put themselves out of sight before the break.
45' Bitton follows Simunovic into the book for a tug on Neymar. Like the Bosnian's earlier challenge, the foul hands PSG a dangerous free-kick in swing-it-into-the-mixer territory. Neymar flights it over, but Thiago Silva's header is wide.
40' Uff! That would have been some goal. Draxler's pass over the top meets the run of Mbappé, whose volley has to be beaten out by Gordon. A fifth before the break appears a distinct possibility. Neymar then scoops a Poborsky-style pass for Thiago Silva's run into the box, but, like Boyata moments before him, the captain swings and misses. He's also penalised for handball, and Celtic breathe.
38' Celtic now seem to be in a state of panic every time PSG arrive at their box. Boyata swipes wildly at a bouncing ball, but with no attackers in immediate attendance, his swing-and-a-miss goes unpunished. Gordon gratefully grabs hold of it.
35' The free-kick is delivered to the edge of the penalty box and trundles by a statuesque Celtic defence to the feet of Marquinhos, who plays the ball out to Mbappé in ACRES of space on the right of the area. He has time to control, knock it out of his feet and beat Gordon in off the post, despite the keeper getting a big touch to it.
35' And from the free-kick Mbappé scores PSG's fourth!
34' Simunovic is the first man in the book tonight after hauling down Mbappé, and PSG have a free-kick in a dangerous position in the right-hand channel.
33' There's a shooting chance for Cavani... but he blazes over!
30' That's imperious defending by Marquinhos. Dembélé, who for all that Celtic are two behind has, in addition to his goal, caused PSG headaches whenever he has had the ball, comes face to face with the Brazilian in the box - but comes up against a veritable wall. Marquinhos not only wins the ball back, but buys a free-kick off Dembélé to boot.
28' Alves crosses to the back post, and when the ball is touched back across goal there is Cavani to prod in from point-blank range. 3-1!
28' And that's three! Celtic appear to have angered the beast.
25' Within moments of Neymar's second, Edinson Cavani finds himself bustling towards the Celtic box and with a chance to make it three - but he drags his shot wide. He then fires another shooting opportunity wide, but the flag was up anyway.
22' For all their fine attacking play, Celtic find themselves behind within 20 minutes of taking their early lead. Rabiot feeds Neymar with his back to goal, and the Brazilian exchanges passes with Verratti and, having received the return from the Italian in the box, fires in across Gordon - a finish that's almost a carbon copy of his first!
22' Neymar gets his second! 2-1!
20' Ntcham shoots just wide! Dembélé receives, looks up and lays it back to his countryman's, who pings it inches across goal from 20 yards or so! From the initial angle at least, it looked like Areola was majorly scrambling there.
19' Ufff! Mbappé volleys over inside the box! Alves chips a neat pass over the Frenchman's shoulder, but his shot on the run is off target.
17' There's a shooting chance for Dembélé - but he scuffs it well wide. Ntcham got to the byline and pinged it back to the striker in space on the edge of the box, but his first-time effort was altogether rather forgettable. The Bhoys can take plenty of encouragement from the number of attacking openings that they're creating, though.
14' Julian Draxler almost gets Mbappé in on goal with a slide-rule pass that is just cut out by a green and white shirt, before Celtic reply with a swift attack of their own. Dembélé feeds the driving run of Callum McGregor on the left, but Areola grabs hold of McGregor's attempt to find the Frenchman in the middle.
12' Lustig appears to have pulled his hamstring. After such a great start, Celtic have had a five minutes or so to forget.
11' Mikael Lustig is down... and is going to have to come off. Nir Bitton replaces the Swede.
10' PSG immediately win a dangerous free-kick on the left, and a chance for a quickfire second. Neymar stand over it and whips it towards goal... but Gordon holds on.
9' Scott Brown is guilty of a sloppy pass, which Adrien Rabiot gobbles up and bursts toward the Celtic box before slipping in Neymar to finish low across Craig Gordon. All square in Paris.
7' Marco Verratti looks to get Dani Alves bustling in behind the Celtic defence on the right flank, but the linesman's flag goes up.
6' Celtic have started very boldly and very brightly, and the travelling fans are unsurprisingly in very fine voice.
4' That's the first goal PSG have conceded in Group B. There was talk of them being the first to go through the group stage without conceding, but that talk is now very much histoire.
2' Celtic win a corner almost right from the kick-off, which Olivier Ntcham takes low to the clearly rehearsed run of Moussa Dembélé, who peels away from his marker and fires first time across Alphonse Areola and into the far corner! The keeper gets a glove to it, but in vain. What a start!
2' Blimey! Celtic score with the first attack, and it's Dembélé against his former club!
Peeep! Underway at the Parc des Princes!
A reminder of the teams: PSG line up with Areola, Alves, Marquinhos, Thiago Silva, Kurzawa, Verratti, Rabiot, Draxler, Mbappé, Cavani and Neymar, while Celtic take to the field with Gordon, Lustig, Boyata, Simunovic, Tierney, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, McGregor, Rogic and Dembélé.
The teams are out, the anthem blares!
Tonight's referee is 38-year-old Tasos Sidiropoulos of Greece.
Here are the sides' respective benches, with Belgian full-back Thomas Meunier back in the hosts' matchday 18 after recovering from injury. PSG: Trapp, Kimpembe, Di María, Meunier, Berchiche, Lo Celso, Pastore. Celtic: De Vries, Bitton, Roberts, Griffiths, Sinclair, Armstrong, Kouassi.
Despite PSG's great form in Group B, Unai Emery was predictably circumspect when asked about the Ligue 1 giants' task tonight: "Celtic are a great team with a lot of internationals and one that is used to winning its matches. It's clear the match will be difficult. We're going to talk to the squad. It's important to take the three points, to respect our opponents, to maintain the level of our play as in recent games with team spirit, to play high up the pitch and perform for 90 minutes."
PSG aren't only bidding to secure first place in Group B; having won their first four games so far for the loss of not a single goal, they are also attempting to become the first club ever to negotiate the Champions League group stage without conceding.
Like Rodgers, PSG boss Unai Emery also makes three changes to his side from the weekend, with Layvin Kurzawa replacing Yuri Berchiche at left-back, Julian Draxler coming in for Javier Pastore in the midfield and Kylian Mbappé joining Neymar and Edinson Cavani in attack at the expense of Ángel di María. Thiago Silva and Marquinhos are the hosts' pairing in central defence, despite talk in the French media of Emery drafting in Presnel Kimpembe.
Rodgers makes three changes from the weekend win at Ross County: defender Jozo Simunovic returns from injury, and attacking midfielder Tom Rogic is back after missing the victory in Dingwall due to his involvement in Australia's World Cup qualifying play-off tie with Honduras. Olivier Ntcham also comes in in midfield.
Rodgers also spoke about Celtic's French star striker Moussa Dembélé, who was born in a suburb of Paris and returns to face the club where he spent eight years in the youth set-up - and played alongside the likes of Adrien Rabiot and Presnel Kimpembe - before leaving for Fulham. "Moussa left Paris when he was 15 and went to Fulham where he progressed really well for those years in that formative stage of his young professional career," Rodgers said. "In my coaching life and managerial career, I have worked with top talents, especially at that end of the field, and I think he is on course to be up there as one of the best strikers as he has all those attributes."
With all that in mind, here's what Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers had to say in his pre-match press conference: "It’s a tough ask but for me there is always optimism in the games as there is always so much intent you can take from them and, for us, it’s about having that personality and pride in how we play. Even if you lose a game at this level, like the Bayern Munich game, if you can take something from it, then it’s important steps at this level."
And not only have PSG won all three meetings with Celtic without conceding, they are also yet to taste defeat against any Scottish opposition.
The pre-game stats don't make for altogether encouraging reading for Celtic: they have so far failed to score in three previous matches against Paris Saint-Germain, with September's 5-0 thumping preceded by a 4-0 aggregate defeat in the second round of the 1995/96 Cup Winners' Cup, which the Frenchmen went on to win.
The same goes for PSG in their bid to ensure they go through as group winners: if they better Bayern's result tonight, they will clinch top spot.
However, Celtic are in pole position to secure a place in the Europa League: if Brendan Rodgers' men better Anderlecht's result against Bayern tonight, they will guarantee themselves a third-place finish ahead of the final round of group fixtures, which sees them host the Belgians.
Here's how they stand in Champions League Group B, with Paris Saint-Germain already through after walloping Anderlecht 5-0 on matchday four, and Celtic's defeat to Bayern Munich meaning that the Bhoys cannot now make it through to the knockout stages.
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Most people are asking the question "how many?" rather than "who'll win?" and even the most ardent Hoops fan will struggle to make a case for a Scottish victory. With 17 goals for and only one against in PSG's last four matches, Rodgers may be looking back at Marseille's 2-2 draw in October for some signs of positivity.
Hello and welcome to live online coverage of Paris Saint-Germain vs Celtic on matchday five of the 2017/18 Champions League group stage. The Group B game at the Parc des Princes, Paris, kicks off at 20:45 CET today, Wednesday 22 November 2017, and we'll be building up to it throughout the day, bringing you the latest news as it happens.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Celtic: Champions League preview
Already-through Paris Saint-Germain host a Celtic side who can no longer qualify for the last 16, in a clash which nevertheless remains anything but a dead rubber.
Having booked their passage to the knockout stages with a 5-0 thumping of Anderlecht last time out, PSG's sights are now set on tying up top spot ahead of Bayern Munich, who sit three points behind Unai Emery's men in Group B.
And with Ligue 1 champions Monaco only managing a draw at Amiens on Friday, PSG face Celtic fresh from extending their lead at the head of the French top flight to six points, courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Claudio Ranieri's Nantes.
Saturday's win, sealed by an Edinson Cavani double and a goal each for Ángel di María and Javier Pastore, means that, after 18 matches, PSG remain undefeated in all competitions this season.
That sequence includes a 5-0 thrashing of Celtic in Glasgow in the group's opening round of fixtures.
Celtic are out of the running for the last 16 after picking up just three points from their opening four Group B games, but are still in the hunt to claim third place and a Europa League berth.
The Bhoys endured a torrid evening at Celtic Park in matchday one in September, and PSG's recent home record in the Champions League offers little indication that Brendan Rodgers' charges will fare any better at the Parc des Princes.
PSG have kept clean sheets in four of their last five Champions League games on their own patch - and have scored 17 goals in that time. So far in this season's group stage, Bayern and Anderlecht have both been on the end of heavy beatings in Paris.
Like their hosts, Celtic are also six points clear at the top of their domestic league, with a late Leigh Griffiths goal seeing them beat Ross County 1-0 at the weekend to extend their unbeaten run in Scottish football to a whopping 64 games.
Paris Saint-Germain vs Celtic live online: selected betting odds
It's fair to say the bookies do not fancy Celtic's chances at the Parc des Princes, pricing an away win at 22/1 - and a home victory at 1/12.