a person standing in front of a crowd: Celtic's Kieran Tierney (right) celebrates scoring their first goal with James Forrest

Celtic’s Kieran Tierney (proper) celebrates scoring their first purpose with James Forrest

Kieran Tierney and Odsonne Edouard struck to maintain Celtic’s Europa League qualification hopes alive in a hard-fought tie in opposition to Pink Bull Leipzig, who shocked the house help with a late purpose from Jean-Kevin Augustin and who got here near stealing a draw with a fiery shot from Kevin Kampl that crashed off the crossbar. The Scottish champions nonetheless have work to do, however there’s life in them but.

Celtic went with the identical gamers who began within the 5-Zero demolition of Hearts on Saturday, which meant Tom Rogic within the holding midfield place alongside the equally versatile Callum McGregor, and the reborn Ryan Christie working between James Forrest and Scott Sinclair, in help of Edouard.

The 2500 Leipzig followers had made a present of marching in column from the town centre, including to the tranquil disposition of Glasgow’s rush-hour commuters, already bothered by torrential rain. These residence partisans who arrived on the floor early, together with the company field trustworthy, have been in the meantime entertained by the mercurial motion from Moscow, the place Rangers traded targets with Spartak en path to a 4-Three defeat.

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This fixture was by no means more likely to yield such abundance however Celtic have been swift and convincing out of the traps as they sought the essential edge and, as their early dominance of midfield noticed them take the lead when McGregor’s free kick sprang Forrest free on the appropriate to romp previous Marcelo Saracchi and direct a cutback throughout the penalty space.

Edouard couldn’t attain the ball however Tierney was advancing at tempo to the striker’s left and gathered possession earlier than putting a strong low drive. Yvon Mvogo received a glove to the ball however lacked the energy to do greater than alter its trajectory into the web. Saracchi was changed by Marcel Halstenberg inside a few minutes, though damage relatively than techniques prompted the substitution.

Craig Gordon may need been added to the casualty checklist moments after Saracchi’s departure when Jean-Kevin Augustin planted a boot into the goalkeeper in a 50/50 problem, for which the Leipzig striker was proven the yellow card. Gordon’s intervention had been prompted by a uncommon instance of Leipzig menace as Celtic continued to press their Bundesliga opponents.

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Rogic had an opportunity to double Celtic’s benefit when Tierney picked him out on the sting of the field however the Australian was not capable of muster his customary precision and put an excessive amount of peak on his end. He possible would have discovered the mark on the half hour when Edouard’s energy carried him via three challenges to the useless ball line, the place his try to search out Sinclair was intercepted as Rogic stood unmarked and pissed off in entrance of purpose.

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The second half started with Kevin Kampl substitute Stefan Ilsanker as Leipzig sought to attain parity in entrance of their again line and their heightened aggression was manifested by bookings for Konrad Laimer and Marcel Sabitzer as the competition turned combative.

In a sudden echo of the sooner sport in Moscow, the groups’ fortunes swung forwards and backwards in electrifying style as the sport moved into the closing quarter-hour. The primary improvement shocked the inexperienced ranks within the stands as Laimer delivered a deep cross to the again submit the place Augustin rose, completely unhindered, to go past Gordon for the equaliser.

Straight from the restart, nonetheless, Celtic surged straight to the opposite finish of the sphere, the place Ryan Christie slipped the ball inside for Edouard to faucet the ball over the road to mark his 50th membership look in memorable style.


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