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Celtic fans can help us down Bayern Munich at Parkhead: Brown

Bayern Munich 3 Celtic 0

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic captain Scott Brown wants the club's passionate fans to scare Bayern Munich when they meet the German side again in two weeks' time in the Champions League.

The Scottish champions lost 3-0 in Bavaria in their Group B encounter to goals from Thomas Muller, Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels.

But Brown wants the club's fans to play their part in the return encounter on October 31 - Halloween night.

After the game, the Hoops captain commented: "It's always different back at Celtic Park with our fans there. Hopefully our fans give them a fright. Hopefully we can get an early goal."

Brown admitted Celtic had expected a tough clash in Germany, with the defeat leaving them third in their group table behind Paris St Germain and Bayern.

Brown added: "It was a hard game, it was always going to be hard coming across here. They are a top quality side.

"(In the) second half we tried to play our game. We always try and play our own game, we always try and press.

"We tried to put them under pressure. It's mentally tough but you've got to keep working hard."

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said he hoped to see better defending from his players when the teams meet again.

"We hope that we can be better in terms of dealing with crosses," said the Ulsterman.

"I just felt with the goals we could have been better in those moments."

However, Rodgers was able to take some positives from the game.

He said: "I thought there were lots of moments in the game where we looked comfortable. We had moments in counter-attack and some other good moments in the game. I thought second half we were much better."

Celtic's 3-0 win away to Anderlecht in September means they are favourites to at least end up with a Europa League place after Christmas but they were simply outclassed by the Bundesliga side.

And after losing 5-0 to Paris St Germain in their opening fixture, it is clear they still have a way to go to compete with the big boys on the Champions League stage.

Bayern's magnificent stadium was packed with 72,000 fans, more than 4,000 of whom were Celtic supporters making themselves heard high up in the stands.

The Parkhead followers and their heroes were relieved in the sixth minute when the linesman flagged when Thiago Alcantara had the ball in the net from a Robert Lewandowski cut-back, perhaps ruling the ball had already gone behind for a goal kick, although television replays showed that was not conclusive.

A tug on the Poland striker's shirt inside the box by Mikael Lustig moments later went unpunished by Russian referee Sergei Karasev but the Parkhead defence was soon breached.

Craig Gordon did brilliantly to parry Lewandowksi's close-range header from a Kimmich cross but the unmarked Muller was on hand to fire the loose ball high into the net.

Gordon had no chance with Bayern's second just before the half-hour mark, when Kingsley Coman beat Cristian Gamboa again down the left and crossed for Kimmich to loop a header in from 14 yards.

Moments later, Gordon saved a powerful Lewandowski drive with his left elbow and there was a feeling of doom for the Scottish champions.

Bayern's third goal was simplicity itself as defender Hummels beat Brown to head in Arjen Robben's corner from the right.

To say it was hard going for Scotland's treble winners would have been an understatement.

On the hour mark, Gamboa cleared a Robben header off the line, after Kimmich had fired in Bayern's 10th corner of the night, before Lewandowski guided a David Alaba cross into the net from six yards only for the offside flag to be correctly up for offside.

In the 64th minute Rodgers brought on Moussa Dembele and Tom Rogic for Leigh Griffiths and Stuart Armstrong but Bayern kept the pressure up with Gordon again making saves from Robben and Lewandowski.

At the other end, as the Glasgow side rallied late on, Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich beat away a Scott Sinclair drive before Hummels cleared Rogic's effort on the rebound.

Sinclair curled a shot into the net after the offside flag was up, Lustig's added-time header clipped the post with Brown ruled offside anyway and Gordon prevented a fourth when he made a brilliant save from a Lewandoswki header.

Bayern Munich: Ulreich, Kimmich (Rafinha, 80 mins), Boateng, Hummels, Alaba, Rudy, Thiago Alcantara (Vidal, 67 mins), Robben, Muller, Coman (Rodriguez, 78 mins), Lewandowski.

Subs not used: Sule, Starke, Tolisso, Friedl.

Celtic: Gordon, Gamboa, Lustig, Boyata, Tierney, Ntcham, Brown, Roberts (Forrest, 78 mins), Armstrong (Rogic, 65 mins), Sinclair, Griffiths (Dembele, 65 mins).

Subs not used: Bitton, De Vries, Ajer, McGregor.

Man of the match: Thomas Muller

Match rating: 7/10

Referee: Sergei Karasev (Russia)

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