Celtic exited the Champions League on the play-off stage as Swedish aspect Malmo claimed a Four-Three mixture win.

_85187589_rosenbergTrailing Three-2 from the primary leg, Malmo turned the tie of their favour on away targets when Markus Rosenberg scored.
The guests wanted a objective to remain within the match however noticed a Nir Bitton effort disallowed for a foul.

Dedryck Boyata’s personal objective then made Celtic’s activity that a lot tougher and Europa League group stage soccer beckons for Ronny Deila’s aspect.

Will probably be a second successive look in that competitors for the Scottish champions, having misplaced on the Champions League play-off stage within the Norwegian’s debut season.

Malmo are more likely to profit by over £20m from participation within the Champions League group stage, whereas Celtic stand to make round £8m.

And, with Dutchman Virgil van Dijk anticipated to hitch Southampton, Deila additionally faces the duty of changing considered one of his first-choice defenders.

With the tie so tight on the halfway stage, either side knew how vital an early breakthrough in Sweden could possibly be and Celtic threatened first.

Saidy Janko sped away on the fitting and Malmo appeared stretched as each Leigh Griffiths and Stuart Armstrong had been prevented from changing.

_85187610_comparisonFormer Celtic ahead Jo Inge Berget had scored each of Malmo’s targets within the first leg and the Norwegian ahead was very a lot within the temper within the first half.

Berget twice flashed photographs large and virtually discovered his captain Rosenberg with a teasing low cross.

Griffiths lifted a volley large after some suspect Malmo defending and, however for goalkeeper Johan Wiland’s unconvincing intervention, Van Dijk would absolutely have headed Celtic forward from Stefan Johansen’s ball quite than sending his effort large.

Deila might have been happy with the guests’ opening to the match however the complexion of the tie was about to vary.

Yoshimar Yotun’s left foot whipped a fierce nook supply in from the fitting and Rosenberg rose above Van Dijk to make the essential connection, albeit together with his shoulder quite than his head.

Malmo appeared equally fragile when attempting to defend a Celtic nook as Bitton leapt to satisfy the cross after which knocked within the ensuing unfastened ball.

Serbian referee Milorad Mazic, who had simply booked Griffiths for clattering into Anton Tinnerholm, blew for a foul towards the away staff however replays confirmed that Bitton’s marker, Kari Arnason, had dealt with within the problem.

Buoyed by that let-off, Malmo pressed for a second on the night time and Rosenberg reduce for Nikola Djurdjic, who was solely denied by a terrific Craig Gordon save.

Celtic did not heed the warning and the identical two gamers mixed once more early within the second half with Rosenberg firing large.

_85187606_arnasonAnd Gordon got here to the Scottish champions’ rescue once more with a superb double-save, blocking Vladimir Rodic’s drive and Rosenberg’s rebound.

However the keeper was then left uncovered at Rodic’s nook as substitute Felipe Carvalho nodded in direction of objective and Boyata’s boot touched the ball over the road, regardless of one of the best efforts of Gordon.

Deila, who had despatched Kris Commons on for Stuart Armstrong at half-time, launched Nadir Ciftci after which Gary Mackay-Steven as Bitton and James Forrest had been withdrawn.

However the substitute trio couldn’t instigate the two-goal comeback Celtic wanted with Commons’ long-range effort over the closest they got here.

– BBC

 

Aline Niyonkuru

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