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Celtic’s Champions League hopes left hanging by a thread

Celtic coach Ronny Deila from Norway talks with his player Cris Commons

Celtic coach Ronny Deila from Norway talks with his player Cris Commons

LEGIA WARSAW 4 CELTIC 1

Celtic’s Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread after a 4-1 defeat by Legia Warsaw in the third qualifying round first leg at the Pepsi Arena.

Callum McGregor gave the visitors the lead in the seventh minute and that looked like being the early boost that would propel the Scottish champions on.

However, Legia striker Miroslav Radovic levelled three minutes later and then notched another before the break, with Parkhead defender Efe Ambrose red-carded a minute from the interval for a last-man challenge on Michal Kucharczyk.

In the second half, 10-man Celtic were let off the hook when Legia captain Ivica Vrdoljak missed the target with a penalty.

But in the 84th minute Michal Zyro headed in number three before Mulgrew conceded another penalty this time Forster saving Vrdoljak’s spot-kick.

In the last seconds when Kosecki slotted in a pass from Lukasz Broz to stretch Legia’s lead ahead of next week’s return game at Murrayfield in Edinburgh.

- used as Celtic Park is still out of commission due to its use in the Commonwealth Games.

 

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