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Celtic progress after goalless draw

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Celtic made it one step closer to the Champions League group stages after a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Elfsborg in Sweden last night.

The goalless draw saw them progress to the play-off round, thanks to their first-leg victory in Glasgow a week ago.

The Hoops travelled to Sweden defending a narrow one-goal lead thanks to Kris Commons' strike at Parkhead, and held firm to keep their slender margin in tact after a scrappy 90 minutes.

On-loan Celtic striker Mohamed Bangura went closest for Elfsborg after firing an overhead kick just wide of Fraser Forster's post, as the home side looked to take advantage of their artificial pitch. 

Bangura should have done better with another chance, but saw his header loop over from 10 yards.

The away side had their own chances to kill the tie, with Joe Ledley and Georgios Samaras spurning good opportunities.

The Swede's continued to press as the game entered it's closing stages, but the Scottish champions continued to defend well and saw the game out with relative ease to the delight of the travelling fans.

Neil Lennon's side are now just one tie away from the riches of the group stages, with the draw taking place on Friday, where they will face either Austria Vienna, Legia Warsaw, Maribor, Ludogorets Razgrad or Shakhter Karagandy.

A memorable European campaign last season saw them defy expectations to reach the last 16, after they secured a famous victory over Barcelona along the way before they were eliminated by Juventus.

 

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