Celtic Held In Champions League Qualifier As Postecoglou Era Begin

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Celtic’s first game under Ange Postecoglou ended in a tense 0-0 draw with Midtjylland in a Champions League qualifier that saw both teams relegated to ten men. After Nir Bitton’s rash dismissal, impressive debutant Liel Abada gave the hosts a deserved lead. However, he was replaced before the break.

The return leg takes place in Denmark next Wednesday, with the winners advancing to the third qualifying round to face PSV Eindhoven or Galatasaray. Celtic manager Postecoglou was greeted warmly by the 9,000-strong crowd as the club played a competitive home game for the first time in 16 months.

Midtyjlland broke upfield, and Evander, a Brazilian midfielder, fired a drive inches beyond the goal. The hosts, who had not generated a clear-cut chance, were equal when Evander blasted a free-kick from the left into the top corner, with goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas looking suspect.

Celtic had the better of the chances, with Christie missing the target and replacement Tom Rogic having an effort saved, but the game ended in a disheartening draw for the Scots.

Source: BBC Sport

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