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Celtic advance to Champions League play-off round

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Scottish champions Celtic are through to the Champions League play-off round after a scrappy draw against Elfsborg, who drop into the play-offs for the Europa League.

The final score was a drab 0-0, with Celtic winning on an aggregate of 1-0.

The hosts were lively throughout the game, knowing they needed to win the match, and on-loan striker Mohamed Bangura had a good handful of chances throughout the game. One was an audacious overhead kick which fell just wide of Fraser Forster’s left-hand post.

Celtic were also looking for a vital away goal, with Joe Ledley having a shot saved before Greek striker Georgias Samaras was unable to control a header after a pinpoint cross from Mikael Lustig.

The game panned out scrappy, with Ledley again missing a chance before Kris Commons forced a smart save from former Manchester City keeper Kevin Stuhr Ellegaard.

Elfsborg had their fair share of chances as well, James Keene thought he deserved a penalty after a sliding challenge from Kevin Wilson, who most likely has played his last game for the club and is set for a move to Nottingham Forest.

Injury time came with another chance for Elfsborg, although Keene smashed a volley up and over the bar. The hosts were dominant and urgently needed the goal, although it didn’t come.

At the full-time whistle Neil Lennon could hardly express his delight at reaching the play-off round, after such a tense finish. Celtic had managed to hold on and now move nearer to the all-important group stage of the tournament.

 

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