/Celtic 1-2 Red Bull Salzburg: Bhoys progress to Europa League knockout stages, despite Craig Gordon’s m

Celtic 1-2 Red Bull Salzburg: Bhoys progress to Europa League knockout stages, despite Craig Gordon’s m


FOR THE BHOYS

The keeper earned comparisons with Liverpool flop Loris Karius for his error

Celtic are through to the Europa League knockout stages despite a 2-1 home defeat to Red Bull Salzburg in Group B.

Brendan Rodgers’ men knew they could afford to get a draw and qualify as runners-up behind the already-qualified Austrian side.

Brendan Rodgers applauds the home fans after the full time whistle

Brendan Rodgers applauds the home fans after the full time whistle

However, the result in the Rosenborg and RB Liepzig game meant their 2-0 deficit would see them crash out.

Craig Gordon’s intercepted throw was the pick of the goals, with fans comparing the Scot to Liverpool flop Loris Karius.

But Tore Reginiussen’s equaliser for Rosenborg ensured the Scottish side did progress to the knockout stages.

Salzburg started the game exceptionally well – defender Onguene hit the crossbar with a header from a corner in the 16th minute and from another Junuzovic delivery moments later, Stefan Lainer’s near-post header was beaten away by Gordon.

Gordon’s throw was intercepted to gift Salzburg a second goal

Gordon’s throw was intercepted to gift Salzburg a second goal

Celtic worked hard to get on top of proceedings, but Salzburg appeared a class above.

Midfielder Hannes Wolf had a great chance on the half-hour mark when Ajer’s sloppy back pass sent him clear against Gordon but the Scotland keeper blocked the all-too casual shot.

Applause was muted at the interval whistle with Celtic fans recognising the task ahead. Brown replaced Scott Sinclair for the start of the second half and Celtic began to force themselves forward.

However, there was another injury blow for Rodgers in the 54th minute when midfielder Ryan Christie injured himself tackling Takumi Minamino and he was taken off on a stretcher to be replaced by Ntcham.

Salzburg regained the upper hand and when Lainer took a reverse pass from Enock Mwepu and slung a cross into the box, Dabbur headed into the net off Gordon from six yards.

Minutes later, the Celtic keeper did save a close-range header from the Salzburg forward after the Hoops had failed to clear a corner.

However, Gordon was at fault for Salzburg’s second, his attempted throw out was blocked by substitute Gulbrandsen – on four minutes earlier for Minamino – who had the easiest task of knocking the ball into the net despite the Parkhead keeper’s best efforts to get back.

Ajer managed to miss the target from three yards following a Callum McGregor corner and Ntcham’s free-kick from 25 yards produced a great save from Alexander Walke.

The Salzburg keeper pushed Ntcham’s penalty onto a post only to be beaten from the rebound and when news of the final whistle came in from Germany there were louder celebrations until the last kick at Parkhead.

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