Bafana Bafana international midfielder Thulani Serrero started for Ajax Amsterdam and had two clear goal scoring chances in their Champions League 2-1 defeat up against Celtic in their Group H clash.
The crowd at Parkhead acted as the extra man for the home side and this showed with the early pressure by the Scots.
Teemu Pukki had the first chance for Celtic but he could only put Mikael Lustig’s cross past the left hand post with 13 minutes on the clock.
Viktor Fischer then had the visitor’s first attempt at goal on the 19th minute, but his right-footed shot from outside the box was high and wide.
Ajax almost grabbed the lead when Christian Poulsen hit the left post with a left footed shot from a tight angle with half an hour played.
The home side were however in the lead before the end of the first-half, Stefano Denswil's 43rd-minute foul on Anthony Stokes handing Celtic a penalty. James Forrest then stepped up to give the hosts a one goal lead on the stroke of half-time, with a well taken penalty blasted into the top right corner giving Jasper Cillessen no chance.
South African Serero then should have given Ajax an equaliser, the midfielder played a slick one-two with Kolbeinn Sigthorsson but Fraser Forster produced a stunning to keep Celtic’s one goal advantage intact.
The hosts then doubled their lead in the 54th after some great work by striker Georgios Samaras who cut in from the by-line and had a shot blocked, but the loose ball fell to Kayal whose 25-yard effort took a huge deflection off Denswil and flew past a wrong-footed Cillessen.
Serero again had the Dutch team’s best chance in the 79th minute, when the Bafana midfielder made space for himself and the box but his shot was way blasted over.
Ajax substitute Schone scored a stoppage time consolation goal for the visitors, but it was all too little too late and they will rue those misses by Serero.
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