LETHAL Leverkusen scored four goals without a play as Celtic’s attacking intentions at night added to the Europa League’s second consecutive defeat.
The Hopes display was highly praised against its German visitors, who showed off their amazing Florin Wertz of Germany in their star-studded lineup.
Jota, fit again with the likes of Kyogo Ferushi and Lil Abada, he managed to test Lucas Haradiki on several occasions.
But the Croatian stop was at work – and his Leverkusen teammates managed to make even more. And keep them away.
He threatened to score three times in the first minute.
And they took the lead 25 minutes later, when David Turnbull made an unusually bad mistake in his penalty box and Peru Hankapi took full advantage.
Wertz won regularly on the score sheet, beating Hart with a sharp finish.
Hopes regrouped at half-time and came out with a spring in his footsteps, Kyogo approached again.
But instead Germany’s number three came from the penalty spot, after Cameron Carter Wickers was a bit unlucky to block Paulino’s shot with his arm.
Alvarez commuted the sentence to death by stoning.
For the first time in the Halter Escalator match, the last 20 minutes were a silent one, with a rare sighting of Georgos Giacomax from the bench.
But when we thought the match was coming to an end, Leverkusen’s substitute Amin Adli came to break the cracker which left the last goal between the two teams with four goals.
Leverkusen and Real Betis are now top of the group at six points, with Celtic knowing they need to beat Fenerbahce twice if they want to stay competitive in the group.