Celtic 3-4 CFR Cluj (agg 4-5): Neil Lennon’s knocked out of the Champions League with bad defeat to R

Celtic’s Champions League hopes were brought to an abrupt end after a calamitous defeat at home to CFR Cluj. The Hoops made a good start against the Romanians, leading 2-1 at half-time thanks to goals from James Forrest and Odsonne Edourard, however, Scott Brown’s handball allowed Billel Omrani to score from the a penalty. Getty…3 min

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Celtic 3-4 CFR Cluj (agg 4-5): Neil Lennon’s knocked out of the Champions League with bad defeat to R

Celtic’s Champions League hopes were brought to an abrupt terminate after a calamitous defeat at home to CFR Cluj. The Hoops made a merely start in opposition to the Romanians, main 2-1 at half time thanks to needs from James Forrest and Odsonne Edourard, alternatively, Scott Brown’s handball allowed Billel Omrani to rank from the a penalty. Getty Photos – Getty Celtic comprising crashed out of Europe’s premier club competitors Ryan Christie soon put Celtic reduction in front but Omrani shortly pushed all but again on the rebound in the eightieth minute to position the Romanians ahead on away needs. George Tucudean then netted with the last kick of the game to seal a 5-4 combination comprising in the third qualifying spherical. Neil Lennon made a huge call in his crew preference with summer season signing Boli Bolingoli dropped and Callum McGregor moved to left-reduction. McGregor had a shaky start and changed soon as overwhelmed as a unpleasant as Ciprian Deac headed the opener but the midfielder place aside from residing up the equalizer as he and all of his crew-mates improved vastly in the 2d half. Nonetheless, additionally they are able to no longer place aside from residing up the game when ahead and now tumble down to the Europa League play-offs, the place aside they’ll face AIK Stockholm or Moldovan aspect Sheriff with the Swedes 2-1 up earlier than their house leg. Getty Photos – Getty Neil Lennon might maybe be enraged with his crew defended Cluj pressed Celtic aggressively and pinned their hosts reduction for a wonderful deal of the outlet stages. McGregor had an acquire away as Omrani lobbed the ball to the help publish. The stand-in defender misplaced Deac and clattered into the Cluj participant after he had screwed a huge shot but the company ‘penalty appeals fell on deaf ears. Christie began to trigger problems and Mikey Johnston changed soon as no longer some distance-off with a 25-yard shot at wander but Celtic fell in the help of in the Twenty seventh minute. Cluj took a like a flash throw down the left flank and Brown also can no longer prevent Omrani whipping in an unhealthy ball to the perimeter of the six-yard field. Deac nick reduction all the contrivance by contrivance of McGregor and headed in off the some distance publish. The Translyvanian aspect smelled blood and Scott Bain made an unorthodox put alongside his foot from Damjan Djokovic’s free-kick. IN FULL Carabao Cup 2d spherical: Newcastle face Leicester West Ham plug to Newport ROUND-UP Leeds thrash Salford City, MK Dons beat Wimbledon, Middlesbrough stupefied by Crewe LATEST Kante doubtful – Chelsea crew news for Wisely-organized Cup conflict in opposition to Liverpool ANOTHER SETBACK Liverpool notable person Keita limps out of practice session earlier than Chelsea conflict tune in Salford City v Leeds LIVE: Rotund talkSPORT commentary and crew news most contemporary news Man City acquire away transfer ban, Loven McGinn exclusives in Liverpool exit talks predicted How Liverpool can also line up for UEFA Wisely-organized Cup conflict with Chelsea possible XI How Chelsea can also trade issues up for UEFA Wisely-organized Cup near with Liverpool Celtic showed more urgency in direction of the terminate of the half. Christie squeezed a ball alongside the six-yard line and Edouard got in front of his man but stabbed neatly over, and Forrest made a merely lunge into the field but shot huge from a tight attitude. Lennon caught alongside with his starting up line-up and additionally they spoke back to his half-time crew-talk with their first two efforts heading in the correct path within the first few minutes, headers from Kristoffer Ajer and Jozo Simunovic who were blocked on the line by a defender and then goalkeeper. The equaliser came in the 51st minute after a slick transfer down the left. Edouard left McGregor’s low unpleasant and Forrest beat a person and accomplished high into the acquire. Getty Photos – Getty Forrest’s equalizer eased the stress at Celtic Park Cluj appeared threatening on the wreck but the potentialities saved coming for Celtic. Edouard stabbed Christie’s low unpleasant correct huge and McGregor fired over sooner than the Frenchman swept house in the 61st minute after two defenders had got in every other manner from Hatem Abd Elhamed’s unpleasant. Johnston, Christie and Forrest all threatened Celtic hunted for a cushion but Brown talented the company a penalty in the 74th minute when he handled following a nook below no need stress. Omrani’s penalty fizzed below Bain’s dive. Celtic went reduction in front two minutes later when Edouard burst into the field and squared for Christie to acquire but they did not waste the game off and Omrani achieved high into the acquire after Bain also can most productive parry Djokovic’s angled strike. Replace Leigh Griffiths flicked a huge header and McGregor shot off target twice as Cluj survived some intense stress. And Tucudean clipped the ball over Bain six minutes into stoppage-time to position his aspect into a play-off in opposition to Slavia Prague. Getty Photos – Getty Cluj march on the next qualifying spherical while Celtic tumble down to the Europa League qualifiers

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