Beijing Celtic continued their phenomenal winning streak with another whitewash victory as they “Putin” seven goals against struggling Russia F.C.
Despite a 7-0 score line the first 15 minutes of the match did not reflect such a one-sided affair. Russia had come to play and had they of taken the lead things may have been different. Luckily for Celtic that wasn’t the case and the usually sloppy finisher Nick Signoriello skilfully placed the ball into the top corner after a pass was pulled back to him at the edge of the area making it 1-0 10 minutes into the game.
After going behind, the Russian Iron Curtain defence started to wilt. First Alan Kelly showed his strikers instinct as he dribbled passed the Russia defender before neatly finishing the resulting 1 on 1 in the bottom corner. Then just before half time Richie Lenehan used his pace to score a break away goal making it 3-0.
Into the second half and straight from the kick off substitute Sean McSheffrey floated a delicate ball behind the defence into the path of Aaron Pu who casually released a half volley into the far corner of the net. Shortly after there was an own goal which made it 5-0 and the Russian team started to fall into disarray.
In the final 20 minutes red cards seemed to be exchanged for goals as the Russian players began to declare their loyalty to Ukraine, Georgia and Uzbekistan. Celtic managed to keep their cool as three red cards were dished out for dangerous tackles, dissent and just general poor hygiene.
As you may be aware Beijing Celtic is not just a football club, the club also promotes and embraces international cultural exchange and this match provided the perfect platform for such exchange. While exiting the field following a red card one of the Russian players seemed to make a very aggressive gesture towards the Celtic team bench using his left hand and his right bicep. Thankfully fill in captain and cultural expert Ste Hurworth was on hand to interpret this salute as a friendly signal in eastern Europe which must have been used in this instance to express regret and to atone for his petulant behaviour. Apology accepted my friend, our English teammates look forward to practising this particular body language with the locals at the 2018 world cup.
Before the final whistle two more scrappy goals were conceded by Russia to make it 7-0 and with the absence of Dom Lytwyn a penalty may have been missed by a Celtic player who, luckily for Aaron, will not be named. Regretfully goalkeeper Matthew Martin sustained an ankle injury during the game and we wish him a speedy recovery. However this didn’t spoil the party as Beijing Celtic now find themselves at the top of the league for Christmas, Nostrovia!