Celtic Thrashed In Champions League

by David

in Champions League, Tickets

Gareth-Bale-Champions-LeagueCeltic were thrashed 4-1 by Polish side Legia Warsaw in the Champions League third qualifying round first leg on Wednesday, a result that all but ends their hope for progression to the group stages. It will take a remarkable turnaround for Ronny Deila’s side to overturn this at Parkhead next week.

Celtic had taken an early lead in Poland with a curling shot into the top corner from Callum McGregor. However, Miroslav Radovic scored twice, and it got worse before half-time when Efe Ambrose was sent off.

Ivica Vrdoljak twice missed from the penalty spot, but Michal Zyro and Jakub Kosecki both found the net late on. If it was not for some heroic goalkeeping by Fraser Forster, this could have been a real embarrassment.

If Celtic cannot overcome a three goal deficit the big question is will new manager Deila be fired before the Scottish Premier League season even begins? Celtic have made it clear that the goal of this season was European football and the revenue that brings with it. Without it, and with no real domestic rivals, there is nothing to stop them firing Deila, as they will win the league anyway.

Elsewhere Lille took a step towards qualifying for the group stages by winning 2-0 against Grasshopper in Zurich. Rene Girard’s side took the lead at the Stadion Letzigrund in the 29th minute when Sebastien Corchia found himself unmarked at the far post to slot home a Ryan Mendes cross from the left wing. Corchia returned the favour four minutes after the half-time break and Mendes made no mistake from close range to double Lille’s lead.

Andre Villas-Boas’ Zenit St. Petersburg have it all to do in the second leg after they lost 1-0 to Cypriot side AEL Limassol in Larnaca. Lukasz Gikiewicz’s 64th-minute goal was enough to secure victory for the hosts, while Zenit’s miserable night was compounded by Axel Witsel’s second-half sending-off.

Red Bull Salzburg also had a day to forget as they slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Azeri side Qarabag FK in Baku. Danilo Dias gave the hosts the perfect start when he opened the scoring in the second minute, before Jonathan Soriano equalised for Salzburg in the 77th minute. The majority of those watching at the Tofiq Bahramov Stadium were delirious with excitement nine minutes later when Reynaldo dos Santos Silva scored what proved to be the winner with four minutes to play.

Turkish side Besiktas had better luck on their travels, however, with goals from Mustafa Pektemek and Kerim Frei earning a 2-1 victory at Feyenoord. Mitchell te Vrede notched a consoltation strike five minutes into added time for the hosts.

Dinamo Zagreb joined Besiktas in triumphing away from home as a Marcelo Brozovic strike four minutes into the second half proved to be the only goal of the game against Danish outfit Aalborg BK. Maccabi Tel Aviv’s game at Solvenian side NK Maribor was heading toward a stalemate until Damjan Bohar scored the winner in the fifth minute of added time to secure a 1-0 victory for the hosts.

Steaua Bucherest were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw at Kazahk side FC Aktobe despite twice taking the lead, while the game between HJK Helsinki and Apoel Nicosia finished with the same scoreline. Elsewhere, Standrad Liege were held to a goalless draw at home to Panathinaikos, Partizan Belgrade achieved the same scoreline at Bulgarian side PFC Ludogorets Razgrad and there were no goals in the game between Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and FC Copenhagen in Ukraine.

BAYONLE April 9, 2009 at 5:53 am

BARCELONA VS ARSENAL FOR FINAL.

BAYONLE April 9, 2009 at 5:56 am

I DONT THINK MAN U CAN STILL QUALIFY BUT LETS SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

rooney August 8, 2009 at 7:02 am

man u champions again,you wait maha,see the youth and our striking force go mad.man u v barca final…arsenal dont have a final in them unless its there youth in carling cup in there lucky.rooney player of the year/world

leonard March 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Rooynen, is the best strike in barclays…wait to see the best strikes when they meet best team in the world

Fernando August 19, 2009 at 11:07 am

There can be no cheating in Champions league. There must be
transparency. Starting with the referees. Unspeakable
was the performance of the Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai in Lisbon
18Aug2009 giving the same disciplinary value to a aggression (yellow card), 2 fouls with a view to preventing gaming and goal (without punishment), and take the shirt off to celebrate a goal ( second yellow card). Unbelievable.
Impaired? Sporting Club de Portugal.

nebeolisa March 22, 2010 at 4:06 am

wenger barca has all it takes to win the match,but if arsenal struggles hard they can make it.

zakari harouna barmou March 22, 2010 at 8:16 pm

barcelona is the king of football.

leonar March 24, 2010 at 12:16 pm

They have the talent in world of footbal to beat arsenal, most importantly I would them go all the way to the final and thrash man united. I want Barca to prove the world that they are the best team in the world and to man united.

leonar March 24, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Barc has been and I will be best team for the next decade!

leonar March 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm

The is no other team that will stop barca from winning champions league

gunners March 25, 2010 at 11:26 am

arsenal will upset barca and prove all of you wrong…just wait and see

Alen April 20, 2010 at 7:12 am

spoke to soon there…

Rooney10_PAKI April 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm

u can’t beat man utd,how will u beat barca

Abdulah March 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Arsenal will have a tuff game against barcelona i know that we are going to win home but away will be really tuff but we will se what happens (inshallah)

Philip April 7, 2010 at 2:40 am

Messi is no doubt the best player in the world at the moment . Last night’s 4-1 win over Arsenal confirmed what we already knew. This time however, against Inter they stand no chance. Inter will reach the final!!

Red Devils April 7, 2010 at 3:59 am

Man United can win tonight match.. i know they can. GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!! miracles could happen

micheal April 7, 2010 at 11:00 am

it seems every body want to get to the top of this game but i tell u the only term dat has make it to d final is barca.

DiRrtyDog April 9, 2010 at 1:57 pm

The Champions League winner, will be either Inter Milan or Barcelona. It is sad that they already meet in the semi-finals, because a final on a neutral ground between those teams would be AMAZING. One of the best defensive teams against maybe the strongest offensive team in Europe, for the time being.

I don’t think Lyon or Bayern will be capable of winning against either of those teams. The reason why I think they won’t be winning, is simply, that they haven’t been convincing enough.

Bayern were lucky to beat Fiorentina by an offside goal and advance to the quarterfinals, and even though they impressed me by beating united with 2 amazing comebacks, there were still alot of holes in their defensive line. They wouldn’t stand a chance against Barca’s offensive (Messi, Pedro, Iniesta etc.) with that poor defensive play. And Inter would win 1-0 if they were to meet Bayern in the Finals.

Lyon is a bit of a joker in my opinion, but I think they need that last bit, to be a threat against Barca or Inter (or even Bayern for that matter) I saw the second leg against Bordeaux, and they were seriously outplayed by them, and the only reason why they did advance, was because of outstanding goalkeeping. And I don’t think the goalkeeper will save them against barca, but against Inter, well maybe they’ll have a small chance (but really I don’t think that as a possibilty)

Well that’s just my bet on the Chl Winners 2010 :) And I will eat all of those words again if I’m wrong. (and sorry for spelling or grammar problems, I’m not English)

Have a nice Weekend

David Wilson April 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm

Totally agree with your comments. Bayern might be the weakest team to reach the CL semi-finals in years.

As for Inter v Barca it promises to be a great series. Arsenal showed that you cannot give Barca time and space to make all their little passes. You have to be stronger and physical as Chelsea were last season, and that describes Inter.

jack April 13, 2010 at 5:06 am

well only to stop barca is not by defensive it just by attacking and push them in defense by that only you can win inter defending 90 minuts to barca is sure that you are loosing this game so just attack them. if u don’t conceed a goal in first half then there is almost a chance to win the game. so best of luck to inter milan.barca its time to good bye for champions league

russel April 13, 2010 at 5:09 am

totally agree jack

Solari April 13, 2010 at 9:27 am

Intermilan all the way and i know we are going to beat Barcelona and also win the champions league this year

mesias angala April 19, 2010 at 11:36 am

huuuuh……better think back brother…………………

Solari Danny Amamoo April 13, 2010 at 9:29 am

INTER INTERNATIONALE ALL THE WAY AND NO ONE STOP US UNTIL OUR BONES ARE ROTTEN

mesias angala April 19, 2010 at 11:32 am

bra……i believe that your thinking is completely wrong….imagine on how will those unskilled defenders tuckle the magision messi

gtyhyh April 15, 2010 at 2:14 pm

Barcelona have beaten Inter and will again. Barca for champs!!!!!

cot April 18, 2010 at 7:48 am

inter siap berenkbenk’z barca

sagni April 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

barca will win the champion not only win semi final inter. inter is nothing .but, barca for all.

mesias angala April 19, 2010 at 11:26 am

barcelona for sure…………i strongly recommend the team to over take inter as they are more strong than the opposite team…

angel of mathematics April 20, 2010 at 2:28 am

Todays match is going to be a disgrace to inter. The fact is barca is full of experience players. Inter fans forget about this season, next season shall be a nice one. Up Barca

Philip April 20, 2010 at 3:48 am

Barcelona will be lucky if they score tonight. Inter will not only beat them but they will totally outclass them at the San Siro! Forza Inter!!

cornelius April 20, 2010 at 7:21 am

i belief to beat inter is to take control of the mid-field and feed the attachers even from the wings to enable my messi do his finishing job perfectly. i see inter as a no threat to us at all, with lionel whom i always reffer to as cornel, victory over vinter is what we will deffinately do. LONG LIVE BARCA.

chebsolo April 20, 2010 at 1:37 pm

WINNERS AND WINNERS 4 EVA…. NOTHING WILL EVER STOP BARCELONA…. INTER, I LOVE YOU BUT BARCELONA IS BEST. THE WORLD CAN TESTIFY THAT…..

Gabriel Nungolo April 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Well it is strong game which myself i call it a final before the final…. But realy can not say who will win because before teams are performing well and with the advantage that Inter has already,,,,, realy is something else but let wait and see the ball will decid…

Karl April 27, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Messi could be the best at this moment, because there are no real players that he can compete with.
He should be when the Master (Zinedine Zidan) use to be at the fields, and pretty sure he will stay with his mouth either open of foolness or with his mouth shut because he will not have nothing to show.
Who is the beter of goalkeeprs of all times, there was no goalkeeper for the Master he had beten all best goalkeepers, has Messi done that, well will see if he is good as much think on the world cup, Which I am pretty sure they will not get to FINALS…..

tareq (kalapur) April 28, 2010 at 2:40 am

i like mesi mesi mesi……………………………………………………this world cup football….2010…….will win ARGENTINA…..

dinho April 28, 2010 at 5:09 am

inter milan to win barcelona :D

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